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Substantive Change Workshops

Spring 2017

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 two spring 2017 workshops are:

  • Friday, March 17, 2017, at Trident Technical College in Charleston, S.C., and
  • Friday, March 31, 2017, at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn.

Registration:  Registration will open in early 2017.  Online registration links will be available on this webpage.

Click here to sign up to receive a one-time email notification when registration is open.

Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited.  Hotel suggestions, a campus map, and other information will be emailed with registration confirmations.

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

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


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