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Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness


Substantive Change

**SACSCOC released a new Substantive Change Policy Effective January 1, 2021.  The university is currently revising it's policy to align to the new policy.  It will be made available shortly.

Substantive change is a significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of an accredited institution.  All substantive changes are required to be reported to SACSCOC in advance either as a notice or as a request for approval.  This SACSCOC policy statement can be found at Substantive Change for SACSCOC Accreditated Institutions.

Details regarding substantive change reporting responsibilities and information on what constitutes a substantive change can be found in the Florida Tech Policy for Reporting Substantive Changes (currently under revision).  All substantive changes and changes that could be consider a substantive change should be brought to the university's Accreditation Liaison as soon as discussion of the change begins.

SACSCOC provides signficant resources to understand what is a substantive change on their Substantive Change Website.  

In some cases, you may need to create a prospectus.  The Accreditation Liaison can guide you through this process and will coordinate the submission.  SACSCOC provides a helpful video to undestand how to write a successful prospectus.  That webinar and other important prospectus documents are below:

For questions about substantive change, please contact Jessica Ickes at 


Faculty Credentials

The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness collects faculty credentials and monitors institutional compliance with SACSCOC requirements for faculty credentials.  Please refer to the university policy on Standards for Faculty Credentials and Records .

If a faculty member does not meet the Faculty Credentials Guidelines as articulated by SACSCOC the academic department will need to provide a statement of alternative qualifications (SOAQ) specific to each course being taught by that faculty member.  

As per the policy, if a Statement of Alternative Qualifications is needed to qualify a faculty to teach a course, it can be completed and submitted here.

The faculty document repository can be accessed here. (Appropriate permissions required)

If you have any questions or concerns about faculty qualification documents, please email CJ Colley at