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SACSCOC Substantive Changes

What is it?

As defined by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), substantive change is a significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of an accredited institution. Commonly occurring substantive changes include the initiation of a dual or joint academic program, the establishment of an additional location geographically apart from the main campus, closing of a program or off-campus site, or the addition of courses or programs that represent a significant departure from those that were offered when the institution was last evaluated. See Section 3 UTA’s Handbook of Operating Procedures (HOP) Policy 5-204 (Substantive Change Compliance Policy) for a comprehensive list of substantive changes.

who is responsible?

According to UTA HOP Policy 5-204 (Substantive Change Compliance Policy), Sections VI and VII, members of the faculty, academic and university administration, and the SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison are responsible for substantive change compliance.

how do we ensure compliance?

Any UTA employee seeking to implement substantive changes must ensure timely notification to the SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison well in advance of implementation. Proper documentation for all substantive changes requiring SACSCOC approval must be received by the Commission on Colleges no later than January 1 for implementation between July 1 and December 31 or by July 1 for implementation between January 1 and June 30 of the following year. Listed below are links to copies of correspondence with SACSCOC.

Academic Year (AY)SACSCOC Substantive ChangeCollege/SchoolNotificationSACSCOC Response

2017-18

BS in Public Health

College of Nursing and Health Innovation

04/21/2017

2016-17

UT Rio Grande Valley, Brownsville, TX

Off-site Location

11/22/2016 05/03/2017

2016-17

Taipei City, Taiwan address change

Off-site Location

10/14/2016 01/25/2017

2016-17

BS in Construction Management

College of Engineering

07/07/2016

10/26/2016

2015-16

Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT)

Off-site Location

07/07/2016

09/30/2016

2015-16

Seeking to close BA and BS in Athletic Training

College of Nursing and Health Innovation

03/07/2016

06/09/2016

2015-16

Dual BA in Kinesiology - UT Arlington and University of North Texas Health Science Center Fort Worth (UNTHSC)

College of Nursing and Health Innovation 

01/29/2016

05/20/2016

2015-16

Establish an off-site location for instruction at UT Rio Grande Valley, Brownsville, TX to deliver several classes for the PhD in Physics program

College of Science

12/21/2015

04/29/2016

2015-16

PhD in Kinesiology

College of Nursing and Health Innovation

11/25/2015

04/25/2016

2015-16

Close manufacturing options of engineering programs

College of Engineering

09/18/2015

01/06/2016

2015-16

MA Economics phase out

College of Business

07/21/2015

10/09/2015

2015-16

MS Economic Data Analytics

College of Business

07/21/2015

10/09/2015

2014-15

Executive Master of Business Administration program offered at Xi'an Jiaotong University in Xi'an, China 

College of Business

04/28/2015

07/07/2015

08/24/2015

2015-16

UCD location change

Off-site Location

06/17/2015

10/19/2015

2015-16

Literacy Certificate with DISD

College of Education

05/29/2015

09/10/2015

2014-15

BS Architectural Engineering

College of Engineering

06/24/2014

09/03/2014

2013-14

BA Spanish Translation and Interpreting

College of Liberal Arts

06/06/2014

08/14/2014

2013-14

MS Business Analytics

College of Business

06/06/2014

08/14/2014

2013-14

Master of Construction (MCM)

College of Engineering

05/05/2014

08/14/2014

2013-14

Consolidation of Ph.D. in Business Administration

College of Business

11/15/2013

01/17/2014

2013-14

Phase out Cohort Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Frisco, TX

College of Business

08/26/2013

02/05/2014

2013-14

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) MSN degree program and post-MSN certificate program online

College of Nursing

08/16/2013

10/24/2013

2013-14

BA Interdisciplinary Studies: ESL Generalist EC-6

College of Education

07/03/2013

09/25/2013

2013-14

Offer joint MS in Social Work (MSSW) between the University of Texas at Arlington and Angelo State University

School of Social Work

06/18/2013

10/04/2013

2013-14

Dual degree program with University of Dallas

College of Engineering

05/01/2013

09/04/2013

2012-13

Discontinue BA Economics

College of Business

04/09/2013

08/23/2013

2012-13

Offer a dual MS in Social Work (MSSW) and MS in Public Health (MPH) with The University of Texas School of Public Health (UTSPH) 

School of Social Work

04/05/2013

05/29/2013

2012-13

MS in Software Engineering

College of Engineering

09/25/2012

01/07/2013

2011-12

Closed several inactive degree programs

College of Business,
College of Liberal Arts,
College of Nursing

07/16/2012

08/14/2012

2012-13

Phasing out several degree programs

Colleges of:
- Liberal Arts
- Science
School of Urban and Public Affairs

07/16/2012

02/22/2013

2012-13

Offer MSN-Education degree via the internet, in partnership with Academic Partnerships (AP)

College of Education

07/06/2012

10/09/2012

2012-13

BA in Critical Languages and International Studies

College of Liberal Arts

06/25/2012

10/02/2012

2012-13

MS in Athletic Training (MSAT)

College of Education

06/08/2012

09/21/2012

2011-12

School Counseling Certificate

College of Education

02/21/2012

07/11/2012

2011-12

Superintendent Certificate

College of Education

06/30/2011

09/14/2011

2010-11

BS in University Studies (BSUS)

Center for Distance Education

02/25/2011

04/06/2011

2010-11

MS in Interdisciplinary Studies (Sustainability Track) School of Urban and Public Affairs

12/06/2010

01/18/2011

2010-11

MS in Social Work (MSSW) with a concentration in direct practice and certificate in administration School of Social Work

11/03/2010

12/14/2010

2010-11

Professional MBA (PMBA) offered in Frisco, TX College of Business

08/16/2010

11/08/2010

2010-11

Location change - New site - BBA offered at Trinity River Campus of Tarrant County College College of Business

08/12/2010

09/27/2010

2009-10

MS in Interdisciplinary Studies (Sustainability Track) School of Urban and Public Affairs

06/01/2010

08/16/2010

2010-11

Offer an online MS in Nursing Executive Nursing Administration (ENADM) College of Nursing

05/10/2010

09/07/2010

2009-10

Executive MBA (EMBA) program in Hong Kong College of Business

03/05/2010

04/28/2010

04/12/2010

05/17/2010

2009-10

BSN and MSN in Nursing Administration degrees offered via the internet College of Nursing

12/07/2009

03/05/2010

2008-09

- Bachelor of University Studies
- BS in Environmental and Earth Science 
- Master of Music in Music Performance 
- Doctor of Nursing Practice 

Graduate certificates:
- Certificate in Asian Business Studies
- Certificate in Property Repositioning and Turnaround Strategies
Colleges of:
- Business
- Liberal Arts
- Nursing 
- Science 
School of Architecture

06/25/2009

08/31/2009

2009-10

Master of Science in Real Estate at an off-campus location College of Business

05/21/2009

09/10/2009

2009-10

Master of Education in Leadership and Policy Studies (MEd) via the internet College of Education

05/07/2009

10/13/2009

2009-10

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) via the internet College of Nursing

05/07/2009

10/13/2009

2008-09

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction via the internet College of Education

09/15/2008

11/20/2008

2008-09

RN to BSN degree via the internet, in partnership with Higher Education Holdings (HEH) College of Nursing

06/23/2008

09/15/2008

09/03/2008

11/20/2008

2007-08

Dual MS and Ph.D. in Physics with Changwon National University (CNU) College of Science

04/01/2008

06/18/2008

05/21/2008

07/09/2008

2007-08

Certificate in Law Enforcement Administration and Law Legal Studies College of Liberal Arts

06/13/2008

07/09/2008

2007-08

Master of Science in Social Work at additional off-site location - Lubbock Christian University (LCU) School of Social Work

04/23/2007

06/02/2008

05/30/2007

07/09/2008

07/16/2008

2007-08

Master of Fine Arts degree College of Liberal Arts

05/16/2008

06/20/2008

2005-06

Fort Worth Center New Site

04/10/2006

05/16/2006

Last Updated February 2017