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Substantive Change Drive-in Workshop

Spring 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.

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 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) people per institution.

The two spring 2016 workshops are:

  • Friday, March 11, 2016, at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Va.

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

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

Registration is not complete until confirmed by email from SACSCOC.  Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited to 50 attendees.  Registration will close no later than one week prior to the workshop.  Hotel suggestions, a campus map, and other information will be emailed after registration is confirmed.  Registration is limited to two (2) attendees per institution.

Questions?  Contact Ida Young at

Fall 2016 workshops are planned; dates and locations will be posted here when settled.


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