All accredited and candidate programs are required to advise the CAA of changes that may affect its compliance with all Standards for Accreditation and accreditation status. Most changes, such as those related to faculty or curriculum, are typically reported through annual reports.
Some types of changes do require prior approval by the CAA, while other types of changes simply require timely notification. Failure to advise the CAA or the Accreditation Office within the time lines may jeopardize the program’s accreditation status. The policy and procedures in Chapter XI, “Expectations of Programs,” of the Accreditation Handbook articulate how and when to report the following types of changes to the CAA:
Under CAA’s Substantive Change Policy, programs must seek approval when adding or modifying the education delivery to include distance education, satellite program or branch campus, or a contractual arrangement. Details and definitions are outlined in Chapter XI of the Accreditation Handbook.
Programs planning to seek approval of a proposed substantive change must contact the accreditation office at email@example.com to discuss the process and timelines. The program must:
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the CAA is temporarily waiving the timeline to file a notice of intent and the requirement that a change plan be submitted 12 months prior to enrollment for programs seeking permanent changes to offer distance education in accordance with the CAA’s policy and procedures for substantive changes. At this time, the CAA is not requiring programs that are delivering their curriculum via distance education on a temporary basis due to the pandemic to file a substantive change plan.