Substantive Change

SACSCOC defines a substantive change as “a significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of an accredited institution.” Substantive changes, under federal regulations include but are not limited to:

  • Change in the mission or objectives of Jackson State University
  • Changes in legal status, form of control, or ownership of Jackson State University
  • Addition of courses or programs that represent a significant departure, either in content or method of delivery, from those offered when Jackson State University was last evaluated
  • Addition of courses or programs of study at a degree or credential level different from that which is included in Jackson State University’s current accreditation or reaffirmation
  • Change from clock hours to credit hours
  • Substantial increase in the number of clock or credit hours awarded for successful completion of a program
  • Establishment of an additional location geographically apart from the main campus at which the institution offers at least 50% of an educational program
  • Establishment of a branch campus
  • Closing of a program, off-campus site, branch campus or institution
  • Entering into a collaborative academic arrangement that includes only the initiation of a dual or joint academic program with another institution
  • Acquisition of another institution, program, or location of another institution
  • Adding a permanent location at a site where the institution is conducting a teach-out program for a closed institution
  • Entering into a contract by which an entity not eligible for Title IV funding offers 25% or more of the accredited institution’s programs

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