Substantive Change Policy
Ave Maria University's regional accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), is required by the federal government to monitor compliance with the substantive change policy and to approve any major changes. Ave Maria University’s responsibility is:
- to notify SACSCOC of substantive changes in a timely manner, and
- in many cases to seek SACSCOC approval up to six months before implementing the change.
The types of substantive change and the procedures for addressing them may be found in the Commission’s policy on substantive change.
Please contact the University’s SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison, Dr. Michael Dauphinais, for more information and for procedures to follow to obtain the necessary approvals prior to implementation of the proposed action.