The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) supports all efforts to continuously improve the quality of learning at our member institutions. As such, change is constant. Defined by federal regulations, an institutional change that significantly affects quality, mission, scope, or control is considered substantive. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) regulations require that accrediting agencies have policies and procedures that ensure that any substantive changes to the institution, its educational mission, or programs do not adversely affect the capacity of the institution to continue to meet Eligibility Requirements, Accreditation Standards, and Commission policies. Federal law mandates that accrediting agencies require institutions to obtain accreditor approval of a substantive change before it is included in the scope of the accreditation granted to the institution (34 CFR §602.22).
The ACCJC is committed to supporting our member institutions’ efforts to ensuring quality in higher learning. The revised manual is the result of comments and concerns from practitioners in the field. The ACCJC staff and Commissioners work with an advisory committee comprised of accreditation liaison officers from across the region to streamline the substantive change process in order to help institutions meet their students’ needs.
Colleges, through their ALOS, will submit a Substantive Change Inquiry Form, for each change, so that a determination can be made as to whether the change requires a full Substantive Change Application or whether an Administrative Approval can be granted.
Please email Dr. Stephanie Droker at email@example.com regarding questions about the Substantive Change process.
On behalf of the Commission, thank you for your continued commitment to accreditation and academic quality in higher education.