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Substantive Academic Program Changes

If a department or program proposes a substantive change to its academic program or proposes a new academic program that is qualitatively different from any other Vanderbilt academic program, then the proposal may have to be approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) before it can be implemented. SACS needs to be certain that the proposed change is consistent with the mission of Vanderbilt University and that Vanderbilt has the appropriate resources and faculty to teach the subject. Examples of substantive changes include the establishment of a new degree program, the initiation of a distance learning program, or the creation of a branch campus. If you have any questions or concerns about this issue, please consult with the Dean of Undergraduate Education.

SACS Policy on Substantive Change