Substantive Change

Substantive change is defined as a significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of an accredited institution as defined by federal regulations and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Substantive changes can include but are not limited to:

  • altering significantly the length of a program
  • initiating a degree completion program
  • changing from clock hours to credit hours
  • initiating courses or programs at a different credential level than currently approved
  • expanding degree or graduate certificate programs at the current approved credential level if a significant departure from current programs
  • initiating a new off-campus instructional site (including high school dual enrollment sites) where 25 percent or more of existing or new degree or graduate certificate programs will be offered
  • relocating an off-campus instructional site, a main campus, or a branch campus
  • establishing programs or courses offered through contractual agreement or consortium, including joint or dual degrees with another institution
  • initiating a direct assessment competency-based program
  • entering into a contract with an entity not certified to participate in U.S. Department of Education Title IV programs (e.g., to deliver UCF courses)
  • closing a degree or graduate certificate program
  • closing an off-campus instructional site (including high school dual enrollment sites) or a branch campus (e.g., closing a program that effectively closes a UCF site)

Substantive Change Policies and Procedures