INSTITUTIONAL LEVEL

  1. Initiating a branch campus (P1);
  2. Altering significantly the educational mission of the institution (P1);
  3. Initiating a merger/consolidation with another institution (see “Mergers, Consolidations, and Changes of Ownership” policy);
  4. Changing governance, ownership, control, or legal status of an institution (see “Mergers, Consolidations, and Changes of Ownership” policy);
  5. Relocating a main or branch campus (P1);
  6. Moving an off-campus instructional site (serving the same geographical area) (P2);
  7. Changing from clock hours to credit hours (P1);
  8. Acquiring any program or site from another institution (see “Mergers, Consolidations, and Changes of Ownership” policy);
  9. Adding a permanent location at a site where the institution is conducting a teach-out for students from another institution that is closing (see “Mergers, Consolidations, and Changes of Ownership” policy);

PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING (see SACSCOC Substantive Change policy for more detail)
P1: Procedure One – review of substantive changes requiring notification and approval prior to implementation
P2: Procedure Two – review of substantive changes requiring only notification prior to implementation
P3: Procedure Three – closing a program, site, branch campus, or institution
NA: Not Applicable

DEFINITIONS
Branch campus: defined as a location of an institution that is geographically apart and independent of the main campus of the institution. A location is independent of the main campus if the location is (1) permanent in nature, (2) offers courses in educational programs leading to a degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential, (3) has its own faculty and administrative or supervisory organization, and (4) has its own budgetary and hiring authority.

Distance Learning: For the purposes of the Commission’s accreditation review, distance education is defined as a formal educational process in which the majority of the instruction (interaction between students and instructors and among students) in a course occurs when students and instructors are not in the same place. Instruction may be synchronous or asynchronous. A distance education course may employ correspondence study, or audio, video, or computer technologies.