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Substantive Change is a term used by our accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), to describe "any significant modification or expansion in the nature and scope of an accredited institution." Some of the most common changes that would apply to CCCC are:
Any change in the curriculum programs that CCCC offers, or the locations where curriculum courses meet (including a change from seated to distance courses), needs to be evaluated to determine whether the change needs to be reported. At CCCC, the Institutional Effectiveness Office reviews any and all proposed changes and recommends appropriate communication of the plan to SACS for approval.
If you have an initiative that you feel may constitute a substantive change, please contact Janelle Crossgrove Hart, Coordinator of Accreditation and QEP, to discuss the matter. She will research the appropriate guidelines to follow and will work with Celia Hurley, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and CCCC's SACS Accreditation Liaison, to organize the submission of appropriate notification.
Substantive changes generally require a notification of the change be submitted to SACS six months prior to the implementation AND a prospectus be submitted at least three months prior to implementation.
Details about what constitutes a substantive change and what CCCC needs to send to SACS in response to a substantive change are available in the Substantive Change Charts.