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Substantive Change

Substantive Change Committee Meetings

Dates of scheduled meetings for the ACCJC Committee on Substantive Change for 2017-18 are:
October 27, 2017, February 23, 2018, and May 4, 2018

Substantive Change Inquiry Form

Please complete this form to determine if an institutions change is substantive. Please submit this form to

Download Substantive Change Inquiry Form

Substantive Change Proposals

Institutions are expected to undertake change responsibly and to continue to meet the Eligibility Requirements, Accreditation Standards and Commission policies even as they make changes. To provide assurance of institutional quality to the public and to maintain Title IV financial aid funds for students of the institution, a Substantive Change Proposal must be reviewed and acted upon by the Commission’s Committee on Substantive Change, or the Commission as a whole.

For purposes of scheduling, and for an initial staff determination about the nature of the substantive change in question, it is important to contact staff before submitting a Substantive Change Proposal. Proposals must be completed according to the requirements as detailed in the ACCJC Substantive Change Manual.

At the time the institution submits a draft proposal to the ACCJC office for review, the institution will be invoiced a $1,000 fee. The Committee reserves the right to return incomplete final proposals which will incur additional fees.

Review of a draft proposal, instructions for submission, and the outcome of the Committee’s review will be provided to the institution by ACCJC staff. Dr. Stephanie Droker, ACCJC Vice President, is currently assigned to facilitate and assist with the substantive change process. Please email:

One example of a substantive change is if an institution offers courses that constitute 50% or more of a program, degree, or certificate, including general education requirements, through a distance mode, electronic delivery, or correspondence education. A complete list of changes that require a Substantive Change Proposal can be found in the Substantive Change Manual.

The Guide for Preparing an ACCJC Baccalaureate Degree Substantive Change Proposal lists the elements required for the proposal. (The new Accreditation Standards now reference the Baccalaureate degree criteria and must be used for the proposal.)

-Substantive Change Manual Under Revision-  Please contact Dr. Stephanie Droker at regarding questions about the Substantive Change Process, thank you. 

Under Revision Download Substantive Change Manual
Download Baccalaureate Degree Guide

Competency-Based Education Substantive Change Proposal

The Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (C-RAC) released a joint statement outlining the criteria that accreditors will use in defining and approving competency-based education (CBE) programs. Read the statement here: Common Framework for Defining and Approving Competency-Based Education Programs

The following policies, which can be accessed through this website’s policy page, may also be valuable resources in the Substantive Change process:

  • Policy on Substantive Change
  • Policy on Direct Assessment of Learning
  • Policy on Distance Education and on Correspondence Education
  • Policy on Contractual Relationships with Non-Regionally Accredited Organizations
  • Policy on Institutions with Related Entities
  • Policy on Interregional Policies on the Accreditation of Institutions Operating Across Regions

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