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2.3.5.p. Procedure: Southeastern Technical College SACSCOC Substantive Change Notification

Introduction

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accredits an entire institution and its programs and services wherever they are located or however they are delivered.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an agency whose accreditation enables its member institutions to seek eligibility to participate in Title IV programs. To maintain its recognition with the U.S. Department of Education, the Commission on Colleges has incorporated federal requirements into its substantive change policy and procedures. An institution is expected to seek approval prior to the initiation of a substantive change so that the change can be included in the institution'’s scope of accreditation. SACSCOC serves as the point of contact for the U.S. Department of Education on accreditation matters and programs offered by Southeastern Technical College and must be notified of new programs, modifications, or terminations.

In order to maintain accreditation with SACSCOC, the College is required to demonstrate compliance with the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement and to follow SACSCOC policies which are required courses of action to be followed by SACSCOC and its member institutions.

Southeastern Technical College notifies SACSCOC of changes in accordance with the SACSCOC Substantive Change Policy and, when required, seeks approval prior to the initiation of changes. SACSCOC is responsible for reviewing and when appropriate, approving all substantive changes that occur between the College'’s decennial reviews.

Sources:

U.S. Department of Education
Southern Association of Colleges and School Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

Responsibility:

Responsibility for monitoring and reporting the various types of substantive change at Southeastern Technical College (STC) is designated to individuals in their capacity to initiate, review, approve, and allocate resources to substantive changes.

Academic Deans are responsible for referring to the STC online Substantive Change System and notifying the Vice President for Academic Affairs immediately when program\curriculum\additions\changes are being considered.


Adopted: April 19, 2011
Reviewed: August 16, 2017; August 20, 2018;
Revised: August 15, 2016;