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Substantive Change

The Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (OSPIE) is charged with the monitoring and reporting of all substantive changes to SACSCOC (AR 1:5).  OSPIE utilizes several strategies to monitor substantive changes at the University, including a biannual substantive change survey and reviewing all new programs and program changes. 

Some potential institutional and program changes that fall under SACSCOC's Substantive Change Policy include:

  • Competency-based Education
  • Mission Change  
  • Program Closure 
  • New Programs
  • Method of Delivery Changes 
  • Cooperative Academic Agreements 
  • Dual/Joint Academic Awards 
  • Program Length Changes
  • Programs Designed for Prior Learning

Below is some important forms for reporting program changes to our office. However, the following are not the only program changes that could constitute a substantive change. Please reach out to OSPIE to discuss any potential program changes or off-campus activity you are planning. 


Suspending a Program

As soon as the decision is made to suspend admission a teach-out plan needs to be completed. A teach-out plan is also needed when a delivery option is closed to a student (e.g., off-campus location, online, face-to-face). 

Teach-out Plan

CIP Code Change

All CIP code changes must be approved by the state and in response to curriculum changes that align the program to a revised CIP code. It is important to choose an appropriate CIP code when creating a new program.  

CIP CODE Change Form

Program Change

OSPIE reviews all University Senate approved program changes for potential substantive changes that need to be reported to SACSCOC. Please complete the Program Change form so we can review your proposal. 

Program Change Form