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3.12.1 Substantive Change PDF Print E-mail
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3.12.1 Substantive Changes

The institution notifies the Commission of changes in accordance with the substantive change policy and, when required, seeks approval prior to the initiation of changes.

Responsible Unit: Division of Academic Affairs/IPAR

Compliance Judgment

Compliance

Narrative: North Carolina A&T State University (NCA&T) adheres to the substantive change policy of the SACS Commission of Colleges. The university notifies the commission of any significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of changes and seeks prior approval of changes required. According to the Substantive Change policy, a university must provide notification in the form of a letter from the institution's chief executive officer to the President of the Commission summarizing the proposed change, providing the intended implementation date, and listing the street address, if the change involves the initiation of an off-campus site. During 2008-2009, North Carolina A&T State University submitted substantive change notification letters regarding changes in certificate and online degree programs, and intent to establish a Joint School of Nanonscience and Nanoengineering degree programs.

In July 2008, [1] NCA&T Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Institutional Planning, Assessment and Research/SACS Liaison submitted to the SACS commission a substantive change allowing certificate programs to give students the option of completing a curriculum of 11-20 credit hours plus certain elective courses and allowing NCA&T to offer eight online degree programs, four undergraduate and four graduate. The graduate online degree in [2] Technology Management (PhD) has a consortium agreement allowing students at Indiana State University to take specialty online courses at NCA&TSU.

In September 2008 [3], the university received a response from the SACS Commission which accepted notification of change of the certification programs and requested implementation dates for each online degree program and a Joint Curricular Ventures Involving the Award of Credit by Member Institution for the collaborative PhD degree program with Indiana State University. The SACS Commission set an October 10, 2008 deadline for submission of the implementation dates of each certificate program and an October 31, 2008 deadline for submission of the Joint Curricular Ventures Involving the Award of Credit by Member Institutions which demonstrates the university's compliance.

On October 6, 2008 [4], the implementation dates for the certificate programs were submitted with two additional notifications of certification programs with implementation dates. In a December 2008 response letter [5], the SACS Commission accepted the notification and required no additional information.

On October 30, 2008, [6] the implementation dates for the online degree programs were submitted as requested. In January 2009 [7], a response was received from the SACS Commission accepting the information and informed the information was added to file.

On October 30, 2008 [8], the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Institutional Planning, Assessment and Research/SACS Liaison submitted a request for an extension of the due date for submission of the items requested in the September 2008 response. The extension request was to provide additional details on these programs and submit Joint Curricular Ventures Involving the Award of Credit by Member Institutions report for the online PhD in Technology Management. A response was received from the SACS Commission on October 31, 2008 granted the extension of submission until November 14, 2008. [9]

In November 2008 [10], Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Institutional Planning, Assessment and Research/SACS Liaison submitted a substantive change notification of the Joint Curricular Venture Online PhD in Technology Management to the SACS commission. In February 2009 [11], the university received a letter of response confirming receipt of the Joint Curricular Ventures Policy related to the consortium degree program. The SAC Commission accepted the notification for the consortium degree program and required no additional information.

On November 20, 2008 [12], the university submitted a substantive change notification informing the commission of its intent to establish a Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) program. In addition to research, the university would offer a Professional Master of Science in Nanoscience and the PhD in Nanoscience degree programs. On March 17, 2008 [13], the university received a response from the SACS Commission requested implementation dates and the street address for the facility of the joint program, a joint prospectus for the two degree programs deadline six months prior to the implementation dates, and a Joint Curricular Ventures Involving the Award of Credit by Member Institutions submission at least six months prior to implementation.

Supporting documents

[1] Substantive Change, Notification, July 15, 2008

[2] Membership, Consortium, PhD, Technology Management with Indiana State University

[3] Acceptance of Notification of Change, September 18, 2008

[4] Submission of Certificate Programs, Implementation dates, October 6, 2008

[5] Acceptance of Notification Letter, December 18, 2008

[6] Online Degree, Joint Curricular Ventures, October 30, 2008

[7] Acceptance Information Letter, January 27, 2009

[8] Extension Request, October 30, 2008

[9] Approval of Extension Request, October 31, 2008

[10] Submission, Joint Curricular Online PhD, Technology Management, November 13, 2008

[11] Acceptance of Notification, Consortium Program, February 5, 2009

[12] Notification of substantive change, Establish Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoeningeering Degree Program, November 20, 2008

[13] Intent To Establish, Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoeningeering degree programs, March 17, 2009

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