3.12.1 Substantive change

The institution notifies the Commission of changes in accordance with the Commission’s substantive change policy and, when required, seeks approval prior to the initiation of changes.


Southwest Texas Junior College notifies the Commission on Colleges of all changes in accordance with published policy. The following table outlines all changes submitted to the Commission for notice or approval since the College’s previous reaffirmation of accreditation.

DATE                                                                                                                   DESCRIPTION OF CHANGE

2015 - Pending

Adding instructional site – Technical Center in Eagle Pass

2015 Submitted

Adding Aviation Maintenance Certificate


Adding Medina Valley ISD Higher Learning Center; Notice of Medina Valley High School as off-campus site

2015 - Pending

Establishing Early College High School with Knippa ISD


Closing program: Teacher Aide; Homeland Security


New Instructional Site in Hondo, TX


Auto Tech Certificate: Crystal City HS; San Felipe Del Rio HS


Homeland Security and Criminal Justice via Distance Learning delivery


A.A.S. in Nursing


Level 2Certificate: Auto Body Technology; Automotive Technology; AC & Refrig. Technology; Diesel Technology. A.A.S Radiologic Technology


Virtual College of Texas (VCT) Review – Conducted by SACSCOC Substantive Change Committee

Upon the review of notices that should comprise the table above, SWTJC staff has discovered unreported changes. One is the College’s decision to change its Law Enforcement Academy from a Workforce Education program to a credit-bearing program. Another discovery is the failure of SWTJC to report the addition of a number of service area High Schools as Dual Credit sites. The college’s Accreditation Liaison has taken immediate steps to notify the Commission of these changes.

Likewise, in its February meeting the SWTJC Board of Trustees adopted an addition to the SWTJC Policy Manual with regard to notification of Substantive Change. The new policy requires the Vice President of Academic Affairs to create a notification process to be followed by Division Chairs and by staff in the SWTJC Outreach Office when developing each semester’s class schedule. This process, which will include a change to the approval procedures and paperwork used by the SWTJC Curriculum Committee, will create checks intended to ensure timely notification of all substantive changes.