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Substantive Change Policy

Substantive change is a significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of an accredited institution. The reporting and review of substantive change ensures that the scope of the program offered by the institution, as well as the structure of the organization of the institution, have undergone appropriate review by SACSCOC. 

The Shaw University Substantive Change procedure (along with the policy) is intended to provide clear guidance of the criteria under which proposed substantive changes will be reviewed and approved at multiple levels within the university. This policy and procedure will promote institution-wide awareness of the internal timeframe required for the review, approval and reporting of proposed substantive changes to assure that the regional accrediting body for Shaw University, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), receives timely notification of proposed substantive changes before such changes are implemented at Shaw University.

Click HERE to view the Shaw University’s Substantive Change Policy,  Substantive Change Crosswalk and SACSCOC Substantive Change Policy.