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Non-Substantive Program Modification Guidelines

Please be advised that ACICS will track all submitted changes. A Non-substantive Program Modification Form must be submitted for the following changes:

• Any change of less than 25% in existing contact hours, credit awarded, curriculum content (courses offered), or program length of a currently approved program;
          or
• A change in the name of an existing program that does not change the overall objective of the program.

At the point that these cumulative changes equal or exceed 25% of the contact hours, credits, curriculum content (e.g., courses offered), or program length following the initial program approval or last review by the Council, the institution must submit a New Program Application form.

 

Furthermore, if cumulative changes to a single program within a one year calendar period equal or exceed 25% of the contact hours, credit hours, curriculum content or program length, a New Program Application form must be submitted.

 

Not sure if you need a form?

The list below is a quick guide to help an institution determine if a form is required.

Type of Change


Requires a form/fee?

Contact hours

Yes

Credit hours

Yes

Courses (additions/deletions)

Yes

Clock hours to credit hours (or vice versa)*

Yes

Quarter to semester hours (or vice versa)*

Yes

Curriculum content

Yes

Traditional to modular curriculum*

Yes

Higher credential*

Yes

Program name

Yes

Elective pool for core courses

Yes

Mode of delivery if already approved to offer distance education**

No

Mode of delivery if not approved to offer distance education*

Yes

Program length

Yes

General education elective pools**

No

Non-credit coursework (usually bilingual or remedial)**

No

Course names and numbers**

No

Prerequisites**

No