Substantive Change - Coastal Carolina University
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Coastal Carolina University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master's, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Coastal Carolina University also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Coastal Carolina University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling 404-679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC's website (

As a member institution, CCU is required to comply with SACSCOC's Substantive Change Policy and Procedures (SACSCOC, Revised March 2023) (PDF)

ACAD-487 Substantive Change Policy - This University policy establishes institutional procedures for recognizing and approving the substantive change and ensuring timely notification to SACSCOC.

Substantive Change Tracking

Program Substantive Change Effective Date SACSCOC Notification Date SACSCOC
Response Date
Nursing (B.S.N.) New program Fall 2024 TBD TBD
Accountancy (M.Acc.) Discontinue face-to-face method of delivery Spring 2024 6/23/23 7/21/23
Accountancy (M.Acc.) Add 100% online instruction Fall 2023 6/1/23 7/17/23
Health Sciences (B.S.) New program Fall 2023 6/15/23 7/17/23
Higher Education and Community Engagement (B.A.) New program Fall 2023 1/11/23 7/17/23
Marine and Coastal Environmental Science (B.S.) New program Fall 2023 1/11/23 7/17/23
Special Education Multi-categorical (B.A.) Add 100% online instruction Fall 2023 1/11/23 6/28/23
Applied Ethics (Undergraduate Certificate) Discontinue certificate Fall 2023 11/22/22 7/21/23
Gerontology (Undergraduate Certificate) Discontinue certificate Summer 2022 5/19/2022 12/9/2022
Educational Leadership (Ed.S.) Discontinue program Spring 2022 3/2/2022 8/19/2022
Liberal Studies (M.A.) Add blended and 100% online instruction Fall 2021 5/26/2021 12/13/2021
Music, K-12 (M.A.T.) Discontinue program Spring 2021 5/16/2022 8/19/2022
All programs Move to online instruction (COVID-19) Spring 2020 3/16/2020 ---
Global Achievement Program (GAP) English as a Second Language Pathway program Spring 2020 --- 03/05/2020
English for Speakers of Other Languages (Post-Baccalaureate Certificate) Discontinue certificate Fall 2019 10/21/2019 2/14/2020
Communication (M.A.) New program Fall 2019 12/4/2018 3/1/2019
Education (Ph.D.) New program Spring 2019 9/26/2018 10/22/2018 
Musical Theatre (B.F.A.) Discontinue program Fall 2018 7/25/2018 11/12/2018
Music Technology (M.A.) New program Fall 2018 10/5/2017 3/8/2018
Art (M.A.T.) Discontinue program Summer 2018 8/8/2019 2/14/2020