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. Degree-granting institutions 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 2022) (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
Gerontology (Undergraduate Certificate) Discontinue certificate TBD 5/19/2022 TBD
Liberal Studies (M.A.) Add blended and 100% online instruction Fall 2021 5/26/2021 12/13/2021
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
Special Education (M.Ed.) New program Summer 2016 12/2/2015 4/25/2016
Engineering Science (B.S.) New program Spring 2016 7/7/2015 11/25/2015
Information Systems Technology (M.S.) New program Spring 2016 7/7/2015 11/25/2015
Digital Culture and Design (B.A.) New program Fall 2015 4/14/2015 9/15/2015
Sport Management (M.S.) New program Fall 2015 6/1/2015 7/27/2015
English for Speakers of Other Languages (Post-Baccalaureate Certificate) New certificate Fall 2015 10/17/2014 4/15/2015
Learning & Teaching - Early/Elementary (M.Ed.) Discontinue concentration Fall 2015 9/10/2015 12/14/2015
Special Education - Learning Disabilities (B.A.) Discontinue program Fall 2014 9/2/2015 12/14/2015