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Serving Henderson and Transylvania Counties in Western North Carolina
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Policy TrackingDate
ApprovedFebruary 5, 2014
RevisedJanuary 14, 2019

  1. Overview

    The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accredits the entire institution and its programs and services, wherever they are located or however they are delivered. It is responsible for reviewing all substantive changes that occur between an institution’s decennial reviews, determining whether the changes have affected the quality of the total institution, and assuring the public that all aspects of the institution continue to meet defined standards.

    As a member institution of SACSCOC, Blue Ridge Community College is required to notify the Commission of changes in accordance with the substantive change policy and, when required, seek approval prior to the initiation of changes.
  2. Definition

    For purposes of this policy, the following definition shall apply:
    1. Substantive change is a significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of an accredited institution. Under federal regulations, substantive change includes
      1. Any change in the established mission or objectives of the institution
      2. Any change in legal status, form of control, or ownership of the institution
      3. 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
      4. 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
      5. A change from clock hours to credit hours
      6. A substantial increase in the number of clock or credit hours awarded for successful completion of a program
      7. The establishment of an additional location geographically apart from the main campus at which the institution offers at least 50% of an educational program
      8. The establishment of a branch campus
      9. Closing a program, off-campus site, branch campus or institution
      10. Entering into a collaborative academic arrangement that includes only the initiation of a dual or joint academic program with another institution
      11. Acquiring another institution or a program or location of another institution
      12. Adding a permanent location at a site where the institution is conducting a teach-out program for a closed institution
      13. 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 programs
  3. The President shall establish procedures, consistent with SACSCOC policies, to ensure that all substantive changes are reported to the Commission in a timely fashion.