SCHOOL/COLLEGE/DEPARTMENT LEVEL

  1. Initiating an off-campus sites (including Early College High School programs offered at the high school):
    1. Student can obtain 50 percent or more credits toward program (P1);
    2. Student can obtain 25-49 percent of credit (P2);
    3. Student can obtain 24 percent or less (NA);
  2. Expanding program offerings at previously approved off-campus sites:
    1. Adding programs that are significantly different from current programs at the site (P2);
    2. Adding programs that are NOT significantly different from current programs at the site (NA).
  3. Initiating distance learning:
    1. Offering 50 percent or more of a program for the first time (adding subsequent programs requires advance notification only for programs that are significant departures from the originally approved programs) (P1);
    2. Offering 25-49 percent (P2);
    3. Offering 24 percent or less (NA);
  4. Initiating programs or courses offered through contractual agreement or consortium (P2);
  5. Entering into a contract with an entity not certified to participate in USDOE Title IV programs;
    1. If the entity provides 25% or more of an educational program offered by the COC accredited institution (P1);
    2. If the entity provides less than 25% of an educational program offered by the accredited institution (P2).

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.