PROGRAM/COURSE LEVEL

  1. Initiating coursework or programs at a different level than currently approved (P1);
  2. Expanding at current degree level (significant departure from current programs) (P1);
  3. initiating a certificate program at employer’s request and on short notice:
    1. using existing approved courses (NA);
    2. at a new off-campus site (previously approved program (P1);
    3. that is a significant departure from previously approved programs (P1);
  4. Initiating other certificate programs:
    1. using approved courses (NA);
    2. at a new off-campus site (previously approved program) (P1);
    3. that is a significant departure from previously approved programs (P1);
  5. Initiating joint or dual degrees with another institution:
    1. Joint programs:
      1. With another SACSCOC accredited institution (P2);
      2. With an institution not accredited by SACSCOC (P1);
    2. Dual programs (P2);
  6. Altering significantly the length of a program (P1);
  7. Initiating degree completion programs (P1);
  8. Closing a program approved off-campus site, branch campus, or institution:
    1. Institution to teach out its own students (P3);
    2. Institution contracts with another institution to teach-out students (Teach-out Agreement) (P3);

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.

Legend:
* The University of Texas at Austin is authorized by the THECB to offer programs at the bachelors, master’s, and doctoral levels, so no higher level degrees could be offered and the only lower level degree would be an associate’s degree, which the University is very unlikely to seek authorization to offer.

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.