Substantive Change

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requires that the university notify it of any substantive changes and seek approval for these changes prior to implementation.

A substantive change is any significant modification or expansion of the nature of scope of an accredited institution. Examples of substantive changes include new degree programs, online offerings, off-campus sites, and joint- or dual-degree programs.

SACSCOC information on substantive change

SACSCOC policy and procedures on joint and dual academic programs [PDF]

NC State Substantive Change Regulation

IMPORTANT NOTE: SACSCOC must be notified of a substantive change at least six months before it is to be implemented:

  • By January 1 for July to December implementation
  • By July 1 for January to June implementation

For more information about substantive change, or if you feel that a change in your area could potentially be a substantive change and/or a dual or joint degree program, please contact Fashaad Crawford.

Substantive Change Review Team

Fashaad Crawford – Associate Vice Provost, Assessment and Accreditation (Chair)
Mary Lelik – Senior Vice Provost, Office of Institutional Research and Planning
Rebecca Swanson – Associate Vice Provost, Distance Education
Barbara Kirby – Associate Vice Provost, Academic Programs and Services
Beth Monroe – DDE Liaison Officer, DELTA
Charles Clift – Associate Registrar, Registration and Records
David Dixon – International Programs Coordinator, Office of International Affairs
Duane Larick – Senior Vice Provost, Academic Strategy and Resource Management
Peter Harries – Senior Associate Dean, The Graduate School
Krista Ringler – Director, Scholarships and Financial Aid
Li Marcus – Director, Office of Undergraduate Courses Curricula and Academic Standards
Maria Brown – Director, Cashier’s Office