Accreditation Handbook—Chapter XI: Expectations of Programs
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:
- Program Director Changes [DOC]
- Changes in Administrative Structure [PDF]
- Program Closure
- Substantive Changes
Substantive Change Plans
Programs that seek approval of a proposed substantive change must:
- Agree to not enroll students in the proposed additional modality until the substantive change has been approved by the CAA.
- Submit a substantive change plan at least 12 months before the enrollment of students into the proposed program. Plans must be submitted by February 1 or August 1 for consideration by the CAA.
- File a Notice of Intent at least 5 months before planned submission date (i.e., by September 1 for February 1 submission or by March 1 for August 1 submission). These notification deadlines allow sufficient time for the program to be appropriately scheduled in the on-line reporting system and then be provided access to the system to complete questions to support its request for a substantive change. If the program fails to meet the notification deadline, it will be scheduled for the next report fielding
- Provide documentation that final approval by all appropriate university and state authorities has been secured. Materials may be submitted for CAA review prior to the final approval by the authorizing body, but the CAA will not approve the plan until all approvals are final.
- As of January 2020, candidacy programs are no longer eligible to seek approval of substantive changes during their candidacy term.
Temporary Waivers for Distance Education
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.