SACSCOC Accreditation
Substantive Change
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The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) defines substantive change as a significant modification or expansion in the nature and scope of an accredited institution.

SACSCOC is responsible for reviewing all substantive changes that occur between an institution's decennial reviews to determine whether the change has affected the quality of the institution, and to ensure that the institution continues to meet defined standards. Certain types of substantive changes, such as adding branch campuses, mergers/consolidations, and changes in governance, require a visit by a substantive change committee to determine continued compliance.

Developments that are considered to represent a substantive change and the procedures for reporting them can be found in the commission's Policy on Substantive Change.