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1 Substantive Change Process Barbara Samuel Loftus – Vice President Middle States Commission on Higher Education1

2 Overview Definition of Substantive Change Approval prior to implementation required for changes Relationship between regional accreditors + USED Middle States Commission on Higher Education2

3 Substantive Change Review Process Substantive Change Committee – Committee reviewers – Role of Commission VP liaison – Conference call format – Committee recommendations to Executive Committee of Commission for approval – Committee meeting schedule (February, April, June, August, October, December) Middle States Commission on Higher Education3

4 4 Substantive Change Reviews Type of change Relationship to institutional mission Readiness for review (are all supporting documents included – budget, impact analysis, resources?) Evidence of sufficient resources, student learning outcomes assessment plans, appropriate oversight, appropriate planning + realistic projections Impact on institution

5 Substantive Change Proposal Summary Executive summary (one-page) Statement of nature/purpose of activity + relevance to mission Financial impact of proposed change Analysis of impact on rest of institution Legal authorization to conduct program/activity Middle States Commission on Higher Education5

6 Substantive Change Proposal Details Basic Planning Documents – Budget and financing for the projected activities – Resources (faculty, administrators, library, facilities) – Intended constituency – Governance + administrative organization – Plans for student learning outcomes assessment – Institutional approval procedures – Copies of contractual arrangements Middle States Commission on Higher Education6

7 7 Substantive Change Proposal for a Branch Campus Description of educational program(s) to be offered Projected revenues + expenditures at branch campus Operation, management + physical resources at the Branch campus

8 Middle States Commission on Higher Education 8 Substantive Change Proposal for New Degree or Program Level Constituency to be served Resources: faculty, student, educational Expected budget Student learning outcomes assessment plans Degree approvals

9 Middle States Commission on Higher Education 9 Substantive Change Proposal for Distance Education Technology support Access to campus resources, including library Student learning outcomes assessment plans Student identity verification process/fees

10 Substantive Change Policy & HEOA 2008 Resources US Dept of Education http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/policy.html http://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/leg/hea08/index.html Council for Higher Education Accreditation http://www.chea.org/Government/index.asp#FedUpdate Middle States Commission on Higher Education http://www.msche.org/ Middle States Commission on Higher Education10

11 Questions? Middle States Commission on Higher Education11


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