Substantive Change Policy

Substantive Change Policy

University of Dallas procedures for reporting substantive changes for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Type of Change SACS Reporting Requirements Time Frame How Initiated at UD Who at UD Determines if Substantive Change1 Who Reports to SACS

Initiating coursework or programs at a more advanced level than currently approved

Notification and Approval 12 months

Braniff:  Braniff Curriculum Committee

COB:  GSM Curriculum Committee

Constantin:  N/A

SOM:  SOM Curriculum Committee

Appropriate Dean and SACS Liaison SACS Liaison
Expanding a current degree level with significant departure from current programs Notification and Approval 6 months Braniff:  Braniff Curriculum Committee

COB:  Joint Committee on Business Education (undergraduate)
GSM Curriculum Committee (graduate)

Constantin:  Constantin Curriculum Committee

SOM:  SOM Curriculum Committee

Appropriate Dean and SACS Liaison SACS Liaison
Initiative programs at a lower degree level Notification and Approval 6 months

Braniff:  N/A

COB:  Joint Committee on Business Education (undergraduate)

Constantin:Constantin Curriculum Committee

SOM: Dean

Appropriate Dean and SACS Liaison SACS Liaison
Initiating a branch campus Notification and Approval 6 months Provost and President Provost and SACS Liaison SACS Liaison
Initiating off-campus sites where students can earn 25% or more of the credits required for a program

Notification only (25 - 49%)

Notification and Approval (>49%)

1 month or 6 months Appropriate Dean and Provost Provost and SACS Liaison SACS Liaison
Adding significantly different programs at an approved site Notification only 1 month Appropriate Dean Appropriate Dean and SACS Liaison SACS Liaison
Initiating distance (online) learning in which students can earn 25% or more of the credits required for a program Notification only (25 - 49%)


Notification and Approval (>49%)

1 month or 6 months

Braniff: Braniff Curriculum Committee

COB: Joint Committee on Business Education (Undergraduate)GSM Curriculum Committee (graduate)

Constantin: Constantin Curriculum Committee

SOM: SOM Curriculum Committee

Appropriate Dean and SACS Liaison SACS Liaison
Initiating programs or courses offered through contractual agreement or consortium Notification only 1 month Appropriate Dean Appropriate Dean and SACS Liaison SACS Liaison
Initiating merger or consolidation Notification and Approval 6 months Provost and President Provost and SACS Liaison SACS Liaison
Altering significantly the educational mission of the institution Notification and Approval 6 months Provost and President Provost and SACS Liaison SACS Liaison
Relocating a campus Notification only 1 month Provost and President Provost and SACS Liaison SACS Liaison
Changing governance, ownership, control, or legal status of the institution Notification and Approval 6 months Provost and President Provost and SACS Liaison SACS Liaison
Altering significantly the length of a program Notification and Approval 6 months

Braniff: Braniff Curriculum Committee

COB: Joint Committee on Business Education (undergraduate)
GSM Curriculum Committee (graduate)

Constantin:Constantin Curriculum Committee

SOM: SOM Curriculum Committee

Appropriate Dean and SACS Liaison SACS Liaison
Initiating degree completion programs Notification and Approval 6 months Braniff: Braniff Curriculum Committee


COB: Joint Committee on Business Education (undergraduate)
GSM Curriculum Committee (graduate)

Constantin:Constantin Curriculum Committee

SOM: SOM Curriculum Committee

Appropriate Dean and SACS Liaison SACS Liaison
Entering into a "teach-out" agreement or closing an institution Notification and Approval 6 months Provost and President Provost and SACS Liaison SACS Liaison

1 The Deans, Provost, and President are responsible for submitting to the SACS Liaison on December 1 and June 1 all curricular, program, and institutional changes approved during the previous six months.

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