Substantive Change

Substantive Change

The University is required to notify SACSCOC of changes consistent with SACSCOC’s substantive change policy, and to seek approval prior to the initiation of a change when appropriate. Substantive change is defined as a significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of an accredited institution. Under federal regulations, substantive change examples include but are not limited to:

  • Substantially changing the established mission or objectives of an institution or its programs.
  • Changing the legal status, form of control, or ownership of an institution
  • Changing the governance of an institution.
  • Merging / consolidating two or more institutions or entities.
  • Acquiring another institution or any program or location of another institution.
  • Relocating an institution or an off-campus instructional site of an institution (including a branch campus).
  • Adding a program that is a significant departure from the existing programs, or method of delivery, from those offered when the institution was last evaluated.
  • Initiating programs by distance education or correspondence courses.
  • Adding an additional method of delivery to a currently offered program.
  • Awarding dual or joint academic awards.
  • Re-opening a previously closed program or off-campus instructional site.
  • Adding a new off-campus instructional site/additional location including a branch campus.
  • Closing an institution, a program, a method of delivery, an off-campus instructional site, or a program at an off-campus instructional site. 

    Please read UVA's Substantive Change for Institutional Accreditation Policy for additional information.

The following are examples of substantive changes submitted to SACSCOC:

  • Approval of the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus in Falls Church, VA.
  • Master of Science in Athletic Training degree program to replace the Master of Education in Kinesiology.
  • Relocation of the Master of Science in Management Information Technology from Roslyn, VA to McLean, Virginia.
  • Dual Degree Program Agreement between the University of Virginia (Darden School of Business) and Johns Hopkins University Advanced International Studies
  • Closure of an off-campus site in Newport News, VA
  • Closure of an undergraduate certificate in Human Resource Management
  • Closure of the Doctor of Philosophy in Slavic Languages and Literature