Substantive Change


Substantive change is a significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of an accredited institution. Institutions are required to notify the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) of changes in accordance with the SACSCOC substantive change policy and, when required, seek approval prior to the initiation of changes. Institutions are also required to have a policy and procedure to ensure that all substantive changes are reported to the Commission in a timely fashion.

The University of South Carolina System has established a system-wide policy and procedure for the creation and revision of academic programs, as well as a system-wide substantive change policy. In accordance with system-wide policy, the University of South Carolina Aiken has established its own substantive change process.

The SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison should be contacted early in the planning process as changes are being considered. Many changes are not substantive, while others may take 6 months or more before they can be implemented. Care must be taken regarding incremental changes in a program over time. Small changes in the curriculum of a program may not be individually substantive, but over time, they may cumulatively result in a substantive change. As soon as all internal review and approval processes are complete, institutional and programmatic changes are tracked to ensure appropriate notifications and approvals from the Board of Trustees, the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, and SACSCOC. Documentation of external approvals for all changes from 2011 are provided below. Questions regarding the possiblity of changes being substantive should be directed to the SACCOC Accreditation Liaison.


Table of Change Determinations and Documentation

Name of Program:
 Bachelor of Science in Nursing @ Union
  
Nature of Change:
 New Educational Site
  
Internal Reviews:
 School of Nursing 01/2019
 Faculty Assembly 01/2019
 Chancellor 01/2019
  
Substantive Change Determination:
 USC Aiken has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program on the Aiken campus. In addition, it has an approved RN to BSN completion program delivered online. When the USC Union program starts, USC Aiken will be providing the same offering on the USC Sumter site - an approved site for USC Aiken. A substantial proportion of the proposed program will be delivered via distance education, and USC Aiken is approved to deliver programs of study online. There are no new courses associated with this program. USC Aiken has the faculty with the expertise to teach the program; however, an on-site program supervisor and an additional onsite faculty member will be hired. There will be some technological resources allocated toward the new program with several classrooms on the Aiken and Sumter campuses being equipped for synchronous distance education delivery. Academic and student support resources are adequate as are library resources. There is a need for additional facilities upgrades and equipment on the Union campus. A dedicated lab equipped for health and skills assessment will be required on site similar to that which is present on the USC Aiken campus. This is a new site of instruction for USC Aiken, thus a prospectus will have to be submitted.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 Board of Trustees: March 15, 2019
 Advisory Committee on Academic Programs: March 28, 2019
 Committee on Academic Affairs and Licensing: May 14, 2019
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: May 20, 2019
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: Prospectus submitted and under review
  
Implementation effective term:
 Fall 2021
Name of Program:
 Bachelor of Science (Industrial Mathematics)
  
Nature of Change:
 Program Closure
  
Substantive Change Determination:
 USC Aiken will terminate the BS in Industrial Mathematics program and direct students into its BS in Applied Math or BS in Industrial Process Engineering. No external teach-out of the program or costs to students within the program. Will stop formal admissions to the program immediately after approval from SACSCOC. Under current rights of bulletin policy, we expect students to be able to complete the program until 2028. No faculty or staff will be affected by the program closure. This is a procedure 3 change that requires notification and approval from SACSCOC.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 Board of Trustees: October 19, 2018
 Committee on Academic Affairs and Licensing: February 13, 2020
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: March 5, 2020
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: September 11, 2020
  
Implementation effective term:
 Fall 2020
Name of Program:
 Bachelor of Arts (Art)
  
Nature of Change:
 New Program of Study
  
Internal Reviews:
 Department 08/16/2019
 College Council 09/26/2019
 University Planning Committee 11/15/2019
 Faculty Assembly 12/05/2019
 Chancellor 01/06/2020
  
Substantive Change Determination:
 USC Aiken has a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) program. The BA (Fine Arts) has existed for over 20 years with “specialization tracks” that have allowed students to focus their studies in theater, music, or studio art. This proposed program breaks out the studio art track of the BA (Fine Arts) into a specific degree. There are 6 new courses being proposed to support various concentrations in the new degree program, 3 include curriculum that build on existing classes and 3 are capstone classes in support of different concentration options within the new degree. There are no new admissions requirements, no new faculty, and no new resource requests associated with the proposed program. This is not a significant departure from current offerings – it is a repackaging and restructuring with minor additions.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 Board of Trustees: March 30, 2020
 Advisory Committee on Academic Programs: June 9, 2020
 Committee on Academic Affairs and Licensing: July 9, 2020
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: July 30, 2020
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: not required
  
Implementation effective term:
 Fall 2020
Name of Program:
 Bachelor of Science (Earth Systems Science)
  
Nature of Change:
 New Program of Study
  
Internal Reviews:
 Department 08/23/2019
 College Council 08/27/2019
 Faculty Assembly 09/26/2019
 Chancellor 10/30/2019
  
Substantive Change Determination:
 USC Aiken has been offering a minor in Geology for several years. The proposed program combined the existing Geology classes with others from different science disciplines to create a transdisciplinary program. The department already has 3 full-time faculty and 2 adjuncts who teach in the area. The program will not require additional faculty. There are four new courses to be added to complement existing Geology courses. Library resources and student support services are adequate. There are no new faculty required to support the program. This is not a substantive change.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 Board of Trustees: December 17, 2019
 Advisory Committee on Academic Programs: June 6, 2020
 Committee on Academic Affairs and Licensing: July 9, 2020
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: August 5, 2020
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: not required
  
Implementation effective term:
 Fall 2020
Name of Program:
 Bachelor of Arts in Special Education (Special Education) online completion program
  
Nature of Change:
 New Online Completion Program
  
Internal Reviews:
 School of Education 01/2019
 Provost 01/2019
 Chancellor 01/2019
  
Substantive Change Determination:
 USC Aiken has a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education (Special Education) and this proposed program of study has the same major requirements. The proposed program of study provides the junior and senior education classes online. There are no new courses associated with the proposed program. The university was approved to offer 50% or more of a program online in July 2010. The program will require no additional library support, no additional academic support services are required; no substantive modifications to existing facilities or new facilities are needed, and existing equipment is adequate. This is not a significant departure from current offerings.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: July 30, 2020
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: not required
  
Implementation effective term:
 Fall 2020
Name of Program:
 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
  
Nature of Change:
 Program Closure
  
Substantive Change Determination:
  USC Aiken will terminate the BA in Psych program and direct students into its BS in Psych program. No external teach-out of the program or costs to students within the program. Will stop formal admissions to the program immediately after approval from SACSCOC. Faculty advisors have been directing students interested in psychology to go the BS route; nevertheless, under current rights of bulletin policy, we expect students to be able to complete the program until 2024. No faculty or staff will be affected by the program closure. This is a procedure 3 change that requires notification and approval from SACSCOC.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 Board of Trustees: October 19, 2018
 Committee on Academic Affairs and Licensing: February 13, 2020
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: March 5, 2020
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: January 31, 2020
  
Implementation effective term:
 Summer 2020
Name of Program:
 Bachelor of Science (Applied Computer Science)
  
Nature of Change:
 New Online Completion Program
  
Substantive Change Determination:
 USC Aiken has a Bachelor of Science (Applied Computer Science) and this proposed program of study has the same major requirements. The proposed program of study places the junior and senior classes for the Cybersecurity track online. There are no new courses and no new faculty associated with the proposed program. The university was approved to offer 50% or more of a program online in July 2010. The decision to move online will require no additional library support, no additional academic support services are required; no substantive modifications to existing facilities or new facilities are needed, and existing equipment is adequate. This is not a significant departure from current offerings.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 Board of Trustees: June 22, 2020
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: May 20, 2020
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: not required
  
Implementation effective term:
 Fall 2020
Name of Program:
 Bachelor of Science (Psychology)
  
Nature of Change:
 New Online Completion Program
  
Substantive Change Determination:
 USC Aiken has a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and this proposed program of study has the same major requirements. The proposed program of study places the junior and senior classes online in an effort to reach students who may have left college having completed only the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. There are no new courses and no new faculty associated with the proposed program. The university was approved to offer 50% or more of a program online in July 2010. The decision to move online will require no additional library support, no additional academic support services are required; no substantive modifications to existing facilities or new facilities are needed, and existing equipment is adequate. This is not a significant departure from current offerings.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 Board of Trustees: June 22, 2020
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: May 20, 2020
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: not required
  
Implementation effective term:
 Fall 2020
Name of Program:
 Bachelor of Arts (Communication)
  
Nature of Change:
 New Onine Completion Program
  
Substantive Change Determination:
 USC Aiken has a Bachelor of Arts (Communication) and this proposed program of study has the same major requirements. The proposed program of study places the junior and senior classes online in an effort to reach students who may have left college having completed only the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. There are no new courses and no new faculty associated with the proposed program. The university was approved to offer 50% or more of a program online in July 2010. The decision to move online will require no additional library support, no additional academic support services are required; no substantive modifications to existing facilities or new facilities are needed, and existing equipment is adequate. This is not a significant departure from current offerings.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 Board of Trustees: June 22, 2020
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: May 20, 2020
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: not required
  
Implementation effective term:
 Fall 2020
Name of Notification:
 Covid-19 Emergency
  
Nature of Change:
 Relocation of Instruction
  
Substantive Notification:
 As the University of South Carolina Aiken continues to monitor the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), our first concern is the health, welfare, and safety of our students, staff, faculty, and community. In response to a declared state of emergency by Governor Henry McMaster, the University extended its spring break into the week of March 16-20, 2020 and directed faculty to use the extended break to prepare to teach their courses remotely. Non-essential employees have been directed to work from home March 16 – 31, 2020. To ensure continuity of instruction, all previously scheduled online classes are continuing as planned, and all face-to-face classes will now be delivered remotely, effective March 23, 2020. The University of South Carolina Aiken was approval for distance delivery July 19, 2010 and thus we do not require a distance-delivery waiver of policy. We will continue to monitor data related to COVID-19 in our service area and if necessary, we are prepared to extend online instruction for the remainder of the spring semester, the summer, and next year if ncessary.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: March 23, 2020
  
Implementation effective term:
 Spring 2020
Name of Program:
 Bachelor of Arts (Music Education)
  
Nature of Change:
 Program Closure
  
Internal Reviews:
 Department 02/2018
 College Council 02/2018
 University Planning Committee 09/21/2018
 Courses and Curriculum Committee 10/2018
 Faculty Assembly 12/05/2018
 Chancellor 01/16/2019
  
Substantive Change Determination:
 USC Aiken will terminate the BA (Music Education) program and direct students into its new BA in Music program. No external teach-out of the program or costs to students within the program. Will stop formal admissions to the program immediately after approval from SACSCOC. Faculty advisors have been directing students interested in music education to go the BA Music route since it has a concentration option in music education; nevertheless, under current rights of bulletin policy, we expect students to be able to complete the program until 2028. No faculty or staff will be affected by the program closure. This is a procedure 3 change that requires notification and approval from SACSCOC.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 Board of Trustees: pending
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: pending
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: September 11, 2020
  
Implementation effective term:
 Fall 2020
Name of Program:
 Bachelor of Science (Math & Computer Science)
  
Nature of Change:
 Program Closure
  
Internal Reviews:
 Department 09/18/2017
 College Council 09/22/2017
 Cabinet 09/25/2017
 Chancellor 11/01/2017
  
Substantive Change Determination:
 USC Aiken will terminate the BS (Math and Computer Science) program and direct students into either the applied computer science degree or the applied math degree. No external teach-out of the program or costs to students within the program. Will stop formal admissions to the program immediately after approval from SACSCOC. Under current rights of bulletin policy, we expect students to be able to complete the program until 2028. No faculty or staff will be affected by the program closure. This is a procedure 3 change that requires notification and approval from SACSCOC.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 Board of Trustees: pending
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: pending
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: September 11, 2020
  
Implementation effective term:
 Fall 2020
Name of Program:
 Bachelor of Arts (Chemistry)
  
Nature of Change:
 New Program of Study
  
Internal Reviews:
 Department 04/18/2018
 College Council 08/13/2018
 University Planning Committee 09/21/2018
 Courses and Curriculum Committee 10/04/2018
 Faculty Assembly 12/05/2018
 Chancellor 12/05/2018
  
Substantive Change Determination:
 USC Aiken has a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) and this proposed program of study has the same major requirements. The Bachelor of Arts (Chemistry) and the Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) differ only with respect to whether the cognate for the degree is in the arts or sciences. There are no new courses, no new faculty, and no new resource requests associated with the proposed program. This is not a substantive change.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 Board of Trustees: March 15, 2019
 Advisory Committee on Academic Programs: Mach 28, 2019
 Committee on Academic Affairs and Licensing: May 14, 2019
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: June 6, 2019
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: not required
  
Implementation effective term:
 Fall 2019
Name of Program:
 Bachelor of Arts (Communication & Digital Arts)
  
Nature of Change:
 New Program of Study
  
Internal Reviews:
 Department 11/03/2017
 College Council 11/06/2017
 Courses and Curriculum Committee 11/19/2018
 Faculty Assembly 12/05/2018
 Chancellor 01/06/2019
  
Substantive Change Determination:
 USC Aiken has a Bachelor of Arts (Communication) and a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts). This proposed program of study combines existing courses from the Fine Arts and Communication. While funds are being made available for an additional faculty member to support this program, it is not essential – currently 10 faculty exist to support the program. Similarly, there are no new courses, no new library resources, no additional student support services, and no new facility or equipment required for the proposed program. This is not a substantive change.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 Board of Trustees: March 15, 2019
 Advisory Committee on Academic Programs: March 28, 2019
 Committee on Academic Affairs and Licensing: May 14, 2019
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: June 6, 2019
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: not required
  
Implementation effective term:
 Fall 2019
Name of Program:
 Bachelor of Arts (Music)
  
Nature of Change:
 New Program of Study
  
Internal Reviews:
 Department 02/2018
 College Council 02/2018
 University Planning Committee 09/21/2018
 Course and Curriculum Committee 10/2018
 Faculty Assembly 12/05/2018
 Chancellor 01/16/2019
  
Substantive Change Determination:
 USC Aiken has a Bachelor of Arts (Music Education) and a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts with a Music concentration). This proposed program of study combines existing courses from the Fine Arts and Music Education. There are no new courses, no new library resources, no additional student support services, and no new facility or equipment required for the proposed program. This is not a substantive change.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 Board of Trustees: March 15, 2019
 Advisory Committee on Academic Programs: March 28, 2019
 Committee on Academic Affairs and Licensing: May 14, 2019
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: June 6, 2019
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: not required
  
Implementation effective term:
 Fall 2019
Name of Program:
 Bachelor of Arts (Writing)
  
Nature of Change:
 New Program of Study
  
Internal Reviews:
 Department 01/2018
 College Council 01/2018
 Provost 02/2018
 Faculty Assembly 11/2018
 Chancellor 01/2019
  
Substantive Change Determination:
 USC Aiken has a Bachelor of Arts (English) degree that has had a concentration track in writing and a minor in writing option. This proposed program of study makes the writing track a separate degree. There are no new courses, no new library resources, no additional student support services, and no new facility or equipment required for the proposed program. This is not a substantive change.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 Board of Trustees: March 30, 2020
 Advisory Committee on Academic Programs: March 28, 2019
 Committee on Academic Affairs and Licensing: May 14, 2019
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: June 6, 2019
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: not required
  
Implementation effective term:
 Fall 2019
Name of Program:
 Bachelor of Arts in Education (Earky Childhood Education) @ Sumter
  
Nature of Change:
 New Completion Program
  
Internal Reviews:
 School of Education 01/2019
 Provost 01/2019
 Chancellor 01/2019
  
Substantive Change Determination:
 USC Aiken has a Bachelor of Arts in Education (Early Childhood Education) and this proposed program of study has the same major requirements. The proposed program of study provides the junior and senior education classes using a combination of online and in person delivery at the remote site. There are no new courses associated with the proposed program. The university was approved to offer 50% or more of a program online in July 2010 and is already approved by SACSCOC to deliver a Business Administration program at USC Sumter (i.e., this is not a new site). The program will require no additional library support, no additional academic support services are required; no substantive modifications to existing facilities or new facilities are needed, and existing equipment is adequate. USC Sumter will hire a program coordinator and USC Aiken will hire one additional faculty member to handle the additional instructional load. This is not a significant departure from current offerings.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 Board of Trustees: March 15, 2019
 Advisory Committee on Academic Programs: March 28, 2019
 Committee on Academic Affairs and Licensing: May 14, 2019
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: May 20, 2019
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: not required
  
Implementation effective term:
 Fall 2019
Name of Program:
 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Nursing) @ Sumter
  
Nature of Change:
 New Completion Program
  
Internal Reviews:
 School of Nursing 01/2019
 Faculty Assembly 01/2019
 Chancellor 01/2019
  
Substantive Change Determination:
 USC Aiken has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program on the Aiken campus. In addition, it has an approved RN to BSN completion program delivered online. USC Sumter is an approved site for USC Aiken – the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration has been offered onsite at that campus for over 10 years. A substantial proportion of the proposed program will be delivered via distance education, and USC Aiken is approved to deliver programs of study online. There are no new courses associated with this program. USC Aiken has the faculty with the expertise to teach the program; however, an on-site program supervisor and an additional onsite faculty member will be hired. There will be some technological resources allocated toward the new program with several classrooms on the Aiken and Sumter campuses being equipped for synchronous distance education delivery. Academic and student support resources are adequate as are library resources. There is a need for additional facilities upgrades and equipment on the Sumter campus. A dedicated lab equipped for health and skills assessment will be required on site similar to that which is present on the USC Aiken campus. Although there are some resources required, this program does not reflect a significant departure from the types of programs currently being offered by the School of Nursing. This is not a substantive change.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 Board of Trustees: March 15, 2019
 Advisory Committee on Academic Programs: March 28, 2019
 Committee on Academic Affairs and Licensing: May 14, 2019
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: May 20, 2019
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: not required
  
Implementation effective term:
 Fall 2021
Name of Program:
 Bachelor of Arts in Education (Elementary Education) @ Salkehatchie
  
Nature of Change:
 New Completion Program
  
Internal Reviews:
 School of Education 01/2019
 Provost 01/2019
 Chancellor 01/2019
  
Substantive Change Determination:
 USC Aiken has a Bachelor of Arts in Education (Elementary Education) and this proposed program of study has the same major requirements. The proposed program of study provides the junior and senior education classes using a combination of online and in person delivery at the remote site. There are no new courses associated with the proposed program. The university was approved to offer 50% or more of a program online in July 2010 and is already approved by SACSCOC to deliver an Education program at USC Salkehatchie (i.e., this is not a new site). The program will require no additional library support, no additional academic support services are required; no substantive modifications to existing facilities or new facilities are needed, and existing equipment is adequate. USC Aiken already has an Education program coordinator at Salkehatchie. This is not a significant departure from current offerings.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 Board of Trustees: March 15, 2019
 Committee on Academic Affairs and Licensing: May 14, 2019
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: May 20, 2019
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: not required
  
Implementation effective term:
 Fall 2019
Name of Program:
 Bachelor of Arts in Education (Elementary Education) @ Sumter
  
Nature of Change:
 New Completion Program
  
Internal Reviews:
 School of Education 01/2019
 Provost 01/2019
 Chancellor 01/2019
  
Substantive Change Determination:
 USC Aiken has a Bachelor of Arts in Education (Elementary Education) and this proposed program of study has the same major requirements. The proposed program of study provides the junior and senior education classes using a combination of online and in person delivery at the remote site. There are no new courses associated with the proposed program. The university was approved to offer 50% or more of a program online in July 2010 and is already approved by SACSCOC to deliver a Business Administration program at USC Sumter (i.e., this is not a new site). The program will require no additional library support, no additional academic support services are required; no substantive modifications to existing facilities or new facilities are needed, and existing equipment is adequate. USC Sumter will hire a program coordinator who will also support the Early Childhood Education program. This is not a significant departure from current offerings.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 Board of Trustees: March 15, 2019
 Advisory Committee on Academic Programs: March 28, 2019
 Committee on Academic Affairs and Licensing: May 14, 2019
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: May 20, 2019
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: not required
  
Implementation effective term:
 Fall 2019
Name of Program:
 Master of Education (Educator Leadership)
  
Nature of Change:
 New Program of Study
  
Internal Reviews:
 School of Education 02/17/2017
 Cabinet 03/20/2017
 University Planning Committee 04/04/2017
 Faculty Assembly 04/25/2017
 Chancellor 11/01/2017
  
Substantive Change Determination:
 USC Aiken has another approved online MEd program. Only 6 new classes will be developed out of 25 that are available in support of the program as core and elective classes. There are no new faculty required (although there are plans to hire another instructor after enrollment numbers exceed 20). The University has faculty expertise to teach and assess the quality of the program. The existing MEd graduate coordinator will oversee the proposed program. The current monograph and journal collection at the library is adequate to meet the needs of the proposed degree program, nevertheless a relatively small addition of $5,000 has been allocated to the library to add additional e-books to support the online aspects of the program. USC Aiken was approved by SACSCOC to deliver 50% or more of programs online in 2010. No additional academic support services are required; no substantive modifications to existing facilities or new facilities are needed, and existing equipment is adequate. This is not a substantive change.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 Board of Trustees: December 19, 2017
 Advisory Committee on Academic Programs: September 27, 2018
 Committee on Academic Affairs and Licensing: May 24, 2018
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: June 7, 2018
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: not required
  
Implementation effective term:
 Fall 2018
Name of Program:
 Bachelor of Science (Applied Computer Science)
  
Nature of Change:
 New Program of Study
  
Internal Reviews:
 Department 09/18/2017
 College Council 09/22/2017
 Cabinet 09/25/2017
 University Planning Committee 10/03/2017
 Faculty Assembly 10/24/2017
 Chancellor 11/01/2017
  
Substantive Change Determination:
 USC Aiken has a Bachelor of Science in Math and Computer Science. This proposed program of study breaks out computer science and math into two separate degrees. There are several new courses in computer science but they are reflective of options and electives and build upon computer science courses already in existence. Library resources and student support services are adequate. An additional faculty member is being proposed to handle the expected increase in teaching for each of the two tracks associated with the program (Gaming and Cybersecurity), but the department has five computer science faculty already teaching computer science courses. This is not a substantive change.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 Board of Trustees: December 19, 2017
 Advisory Committee on Academic Programs: September 27, 2018
 Committee on Academic Affairs and Licensing: May 24, 2018
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: June 7, 2018
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: not required
  
Implementation effective term:
 Fall 2019
Name of Program:
 Bachelor of Science (Applied Mathematics)
  
Nature of Change:
 New Program of Study
  
Internal Reviews:
 Department 09/18/2017
 College Council 09/22/2017
 Cabinet 09/25/2017
 University Planning Committee 10/03/2017
 Faculty Assembly 10/24/2017
 Chancellor 11/01/2017
  
Substantive Change Determination:
 USC Aiken has a Bachelor of Science in Math and Computer Science. This proposed program of study breaks out computer science and math into two separate degrees. There are a few new courses in math but they are reflective of options and electives and build upon math courses already in existence. Library resources and student support services are adequate. There are no new faculty, the department has a sufficient complement of math faculty to support the program. This is not a substantive change.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 Board of Trustees: December 19, 2017
 Advisory Committee on Academic Programs: March 29, 2018
 Committee on Academic Affairs and Licensing: May 24, 2018
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: June 7, 2018
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: not required
  
Implementation effective term:
 Fall 2019
Name of Program:
 Master of Business Administration
  
Nature of Change:
 New Delivery
  
Substantive Change Determination:
 USC Aiken has been approved to offer the MBA from SACSCOC as of October of 2014. The proposed change is to offer instruction fully online. The university was approved to offer 50% or more of programs online in July 2010. The decision to move fully online will require no additional library support, no additional academic support services are required; no substantive modifications to existing facilities or new facilities are needed, and existing equipment is adequate. This is not a substantive change.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 Board of Trustees: June 9, 2017
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: June 23, 2017
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: not required
  
Implementation effective term:
 Fall 2018
Nature of Change:
 New Mission Statement
  
Internal Reviews:
 Ad-hoc Mission Review Committee 07/18/2016
 Faculty Assembly 08/16/2016
 Classified Employee Assembly 09/28/2016
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 Board of Trustees: December 13, 2016
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: February 27, 2017
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: July 21, 2017
  
Implementation effective term:
 Fall 2017
Name of Program:
 Bachelor of Science (Clinical Laboratory Science)
  
Nature of Change:
 New Program of Study
  
Internal Reviews:
 Department 09/13/2013
 College Council 04/17/2014
 Courses and Curricula Committee 03/17/2014
 Academic Council 04/08/2014
 Faculty Assembly 04/29/2014
 Chancellor 12/2014
  
Substantive Change Determination:
 This proposed program of study uses existing courses with one new class that integrates information from two existing classes, plus two new internship classes. The program is portrayed as 3-1 program where student complete course work in three years, then spend the final year completing internships in medical technology at a local hospital. 24 of the 120 credits for the degree (20%) will be completed at the hospital. The program is a collaboration between USC Aiken and University Health Care Systems (UHCS). UHCS is not certified to participate in Title IV programs. Existing library resources, student support services, departmental resources, and faculty are sufficient to support the program. This is a level 2 substantive change requiring us to notify SACSCOC and providing them with a copy of the signed agreement.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 Board of Trustees: April 24, 2015
 Advisory Committee on Academic Programs: June 11, 2015
 Committee on Academic Affairs and Licensing: July 15, 2015
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: September 3, 2015
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: October 19, 2015
  
Implementation effective term:
 Fall 2016
Name of Program:
 Bachelor of Science (Industrial Process Engineering)
  
Nature of Change:
 New Program of Study
  
Internal Reviews:
 Cabinet 09/25/2013
 Department 01/13/2014
 Academic Council 03/04/2014
 University Planning Committee 03/17/2014
 Courses and Curriculum Committee 03/17/2014
 Faculty Assembly 04/02/2014
 Chancellor 04/02/2014
  
Substantive Change Determination:
 USC Aiken has been offering the first two years of engineering classes with students having to transfer to USC Columbia. It is being proposed that we offer this Engineering program in its entirety. To do so will require several new faculty, an allocation of significant resources for software and lab equipment (Engineering is an expensive major), additional resources in the library, and a large number (15) of new classes. This is a substantive change requiring the submission of a prospectus.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 Board of Trustees: April 25, 2014
 Advisory Committee on Academic Programs: October 16, 2014
 Committee on Academic Affairs and Licensing: January 8, 2015
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: February 5, 2015
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: November 13, 2015
  
Implementation effective term:
 Fall 2016
Name of Program:
 Master of Business Administration
  
Nature of Change:
 New Program of Study
  
Internal Reviews:
 Department 08/16/2019
 College Council 09/26/2019
 University Planning Committee 11/15/2019
 Faculty Assembly 12/05/2019
 Chancellor 01/06/2020
  
Substantive Change Determination:
 USC Aiken has other graduate degree programs and has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration but this is the first time it will deliver a graduate program in Business Administration. There are no other graduate programs offered by USC Aiken that are related to this program. The entirety of the curriculum is new. Two new faculty are required to support the program. The library requires to upgrade EBSCO databases in the first year of the program. No additional academic support services are required; no substantive modifications to existing facilities or new facilities are needed, and existing equipment is adequate. This is a Procedure 1 substantive change requiring submission of a prospectus to SACSCOC. The institution is expanding at current degree levels but with a significant departure from current programs.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 Board of Trustees: June 17, 2013
 Advisory Committee on Academic Programs: October 17, 2013
 Committee on Academic Affairs and Licensing: January 9, 2014
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: February 6, 2014
 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: October 30, 2014
  
Implementation effective term:
 Spring 2015
Name of Program:
 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Business Administration) online
  
Nature of Change:
 New Program Delivery
  
Internal Reviews:
 Department 08/16/2019
 College Council 09/26/2019
 University Planning Committee 11/15/2019
 Faculty Assembly 12/05/2019
 Chancellor 01/06/2020
  
Substantive Change Determination:
 SC Aiken has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program and this proposed program of study has the same major requirements. The proposed program of study places the junior and senior classes online in an effort to reach students who may have left college having completed only the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. An online BSN completion program has been offered on campus for two years as has a MEd Ed Tech program offered jointly with Columbia. There are no new courses and no new faculty associated with the proposed program. SC-CHE has requested a copy of a letter of notification sent to SACSCOC, so a notification will be sent.
  
Dates of External Approval (links to supporting documents):
 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education: March 16, 2010
 Letter of Notification to Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: February 4, 2010
 Request for additional Information from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: June 25, 2010
 Letter of Reply to Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: June 7, 2010
 Letter of Approval from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges: July 19, 2010
  
Implementation effective term:
 Fall 2010


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