The Office of Institutional Effectiveness facilitates the institution’s reporting and compliance activities for accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
As a member of SACSCOC, Carson-Newman University is responsible for notifying and, when necessary, seeking approval for substantive changes from the Commission in accordance with SACSCOC substantive change policy and procedures.
As defined by the SACSCOC, a “substantive change is a significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of an accredited institution.”
Substantive changes include but are not limited to the following:
Failure to comply with the SACSCOC Substantive Change policy and report substantive changes in a time-appropriate manner may result in negative actions being taken against C-N by the Commission or the Department of Education. Specifically, potential consequences include
As changes occur at all institutional levels, each unit’s responsibility is to ensure that appropriate reporting to all oversight agencies and accreditors occurs. If you believe, or are unsure, if an upcoming change within your unit may qualify as a substantive change, please contact the Accreditation Liaison, Melissa Hensley (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Office of Institutional Effectiveness will work with you in determining if the change is substantive and requires notification and/or approval from the Commission.
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness has made available on this website (below) the C-N Substantive Change Policy and a presentation presented to campus administrators.