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Substantive Change Drive-in Workshop

Fall 2015

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.

The 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 no later than 3:00 p.m.; one-on-one consultations will be available until 4:00 p.m.  Lunch is provided.  There is no registration fee.

The two fall 2015 workshops are:

  • October 27, 2015, at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Tex.
  • November 9, 2015, at Greenville Technical College in Greenville, S.C. Session is Full. Registration Closed.

Facilitator:  Dr. Kevin Sightler, Coordinator of Substantive Change, SACSCOC

Registration is required and space is limited.  Click the link below to register online:

Online registration

Registration is not complete until confirmed by email from SACSCOC.  Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Registration will close no later than one week prior to the workshop.  Additional information such as suggested hotels and a map will be emailed after registration is confirmed.  Registration is limited to two (2) attendees per institution.

Questions?  Contact Ida Young at

Spring 2016 workshops are planned; dates and locations will be posted here when known.


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