The University of Florida must notify our regional accreditor, The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) of any substantive changes. Substantive change is a significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of an accredited institution.  Under federal regulations, substantive changes include the following:

  • Any change in the established mission or objectives of the institution
  • Any change in legal status, form of control, or ownership of the institution
  • The addition of courses or programs that represent a significant departure, either in content or method of delivery, from those that were offered when the institution was last evaluated.
  • The addition of courses or programs of study at a degree or credential level different from that which is included in the institution’s current accreditation or reaffirmation.
  • A change from clock hours to credit hours
  • A substantial increase in the number of clock or credit hours awarded for successful completion of a program
  • The establishment of an additional location geographically apart from the main campus at which the institution offers at least 50 percent of an educational program.
  • The establishment of a branch campus
  • Closing a program, off-campus site, branch campus or institution
  • Entering into a collaborative academic arrangement such as a dual degree program or a joint degree program with another institution
  • Acquiring another institution or a program or location of another institution
  • Adding a permanent location at a site where the institution is conducting a teach-out program for a closed institution
  • Entering into a contract by which an entity not eligible for Title IV funding offers 25% or more of one or more of the accredited institution’s program

The University of Florida Substantive Change Policy outlines the procedures for reporting substantive changes. It is important to follow the timelines and  procedures for contained in the policy.

Examples of Substantive Changes at the University of Florida

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Need assistance?

Contact Lily Lewis, or the UF SACSCOC Liaison, Timothy S. Brophy.