What is Institutional Change?
Institutional change refers to any change in academic programming, organizational structure or off-campus instruction locations, institutional mission, and more. At William & Mary, the Office of Institutional Accreditation & Effectiveness monitors institutional changes to ensure appropriate internal and external approvals are obtained. The Institutional Change Team members submit institutional changes on behalf of their academic units, and participate in the internal review process to ensure that changes are coordinated internally.
The Institutional Change Policy documents the university's commitment to ensuring compliance with the requirements of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Steps in the IC Process
Only IC Team members can submit zIC-Announce and zIC forms described below.
A. Envisioning and Planning a Change
Here are the steps you should complete if your unit is envisioning or planning a change. If you have any questions, contact the Assistant Provost for Institutional Accreditation & Effectiveness.
Once you have moved beyond the envisioning and initial planning phase, follow the steps below, paying close attention to the details shown in your Timeline Cycle approved as part of your zlC- Announce form. And, as always, contact the Assistant Provost for IAE with any questions.
C. External Action: Submitting Proposals/Notifications
You will work with IAE and the Provost’s Office to secure required approvals from SCHEV and/or SACSCOC.
For submissions and other communication required by the U.S. Department of Education and discipline-specific accrediting agencies, "[f]or proposals originating with a school, the originating school is responsible for submissions and other communications about institutional change with the VDOE and discipline-specific accrediting agencies. The originating school provides copies of such submissions and related communications to IAE and the Office of the Provost." (Section C - Institutional Change Policy)
Please visit the IC Resource Center for additional information designed to facilitate the IC Process.