3.7.3 Accreditation, Substantive Change, and Reporting
Revised: October 1, 2012; October 1, 2016
Sandhills Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. The regional accreditation status of the institution shall be posted on the College website in accordance with SACSCOC requirements and included in both the print and electronic versions of the College catalog. Any changes in status will be reported to outside agencies as required by SACSCOC.
To help maintain compliance with accreditation, the college appoints a SACSCOC Liaison who is responsible for staying informed of accreditation changes and directives, reporting substantive change, submitting annual reports required by the Commission (e.g. Annual FTE indicator, Financial Profile), completing the 5th year review, and coordinating the decennial reaffirmation process.
Substantive change, which is defined by the Commission, requires, in part, that the Liaison review changes to programs of study in curriculum courses. To ensure that the Liaison is aware of potential substantive changes, the Liaison serves as a member of a three-person team that reviews any Program of Study Change forms submitted by academic program coordinators or department chairs who formally initiate requests for changes to an assigned program.
Once the proposed change is validated by the Dean of Instruction, the request is vetted also by the SACSCOC Liaison and the Vice President of Academic Affairs who determine whether the request rises to the level of a substantive change. When the Liaison, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Dean of Instruction determine that a program or institutional change rises to the level of substantive change, the SACSCOC Liaison will contact the Commission to provide appropriate documentation. As appropriate, the Liaison will work with the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean of Instruction, and the appropriate department chair to gather and submit substantive change documentation for the Commission.