The Commission on Colleges (COC) Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) approves substantive changes made to programs. "Substantive change" is significant modification or expansion in the nature and scope of an accredited institution. The types of substantive change and the procedures for addressing them appropriately may be found in the Commission’s policy on substantive change. UL Lafayette will pursue the following changes per SACS policies and procedures:
- Some changes, such as offering courses online that amount to less than 25% of the coursework needed to complete a degree, certificate or diploma, do not need to be reported to the Commission.
- Others, such as offering from 25% to 49% of the coursework required for a program online, simply require that the Commission be notified in advance of the implementation of the change.
- Larger scale changes, such offering 50% or more of the coursework needed to complete a degree, certificate or diploma online, require written notification at least 6 months in advance and approval of a prospectus, which must be submitted at least 3 months prior to the anticipated implementation date.
- For more information, log on to http://sacscoc.org/SubstantiveChange.asp.