To be in compliance with SACS guidelines and Federal Law, Palm Beach State College must assess whether a proposed change in programs, facilities, centers or program delivery is a “substantive" change. Substantive change is a federal term relating to any “significant modification of the nature and scope of an accredited institution." Palm Beach State College must notify Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) of a potential or actual substantive change in a timely fashion, and in many cases must receive approval for such a change from SACS before the initiative is implemented. The College has developed this form to assess the scope of the proposed change. The SACS website provides more detailed information on substantive change at SACS.