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 general information on substantive change

SACSCOC Policy and Procedures on Substantive Change [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

NC State’s Substantive Change Review Team reviews all potential substantive changes and recommends appropriate actions to the provost in keeping with SACSCOC policies.

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
Bret Smith – Senior Associate Dean, University College
Beth Monroe – DDE Liaison Officer, DELTA
Charles Clift – Associate Registrar, Registration and Records
David Dixon – Director of Global Partnerships, Office of Global Engagement
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
Melissa Nosbisch, Coordinator,  Administrative Board of the Graduate School
LaTissa Davis, Assistant to the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Strategy and Resource Management