Frequently Asked Questions
What is a "Substantive Change"?
Institutions are required to report, and to have Commission approval in advance for, plans to introduce substantive changes at the institution so that the Commission can determine the effect that such changes may have on the quality, integrity, and effectiveness of the total institution.
These changes include, but are not limited to those that:
- significantly alter the mission, goals, or objectives of an institution
- alter the legal status, form of control, or ownership
- introduce courses or programs at a degree or credential level that is higher than the level(s) that the Commission has currently approved for the institution
- establish instruction constituting at least 50% of a degree program in a significantly different format or method of delivery (such as distance learning, and others)
- establish instruction constituting at least 50% of a degree program at a new geographic location
- replace clock hours with credit hours, or increase substantially the number of clock or credit hours awarded for successful completion of a program
- relocate the primary campus or establish/relocate a branch campus or additional location
- otherwise affect significantly the institution's ability to continue the support of existing and proposed programs, including but not limited to contractual arrangements, non-credit offerings, and rapid growth.
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