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Substantive Change Drive-in Workshop

Fall 2016

The Substantive Change Workshop is an opportunity to learn the principles and select advanced topics of substantive change from a SACSCOC staff member.  It’s an ideal introduction for new liaisons and a refresher for those with experience.

Learning objectives are:

  • to know what constitutes a substantive change;
  • to assess substantive change in an institution-specific context;
  • to know how to develop a plan for monitoring and reporting substantive change;
  • to understand the substantive change review process;
  • to know the principal types of substantive change such as program closures and teach-outs, level changes, new programs, off-campus instructional sites, and more;
  • to know how to make and document determinations of “significant departure;” and
  • to learn best practices for writing prospectuses and notifications.

The intended audience is liaisons, academic affairs staff members, provosts, faculty members, or others with substantive change responsibilities.

The one-day workshop begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m.; one-on-one consultations will be available until 3:00 p.m.  Lunch is provided and there is no registration fee.  Attendance is limited to two (2) attendees per institution.

The two fall 2016 workshops are:

  • Friday, September 9, 2016, at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, La., and
  • Friday, October 28, 2016, at Nova Southeastern University, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Facilitator:  Dr. Kevin Sightler, Coordinator of substantive change, SACSCOC

Registration:  Registration is required.  Select a link below to register online:

New Orleans, La. Workshop Registration – September 9, 2016

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Workshop Registration – October 28, 2016

Registration is not complete until confirmed by email from SACSCOC.  Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis; space is very limited.  Hotel suggestions, a campus map, and other information will be emailed after registration is confirmed. 

Questions?  Please contact Ida Young at if you have questions.

Spring 2017 workshops are planned; dates and locations will be posted here when settled.


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