As SPC strives to better serve our students, we work hard to ensure we maintain quality and our good standing with our accreditors, particularly with regard to substantive change.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) defines "substantive change" as the "significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of an accredited institution." When required, SACS-COC approval must be received prior to initiation of changes. When considering a change, and to ensure all substantive changes are reported to SACS-COC in a timely fashion, refer to:

If you are considering a change to the established mission or objectives of the institution; or changes in legal status, form of control, or ownership of the institution; starting new programs, significantly changing or teaching out existing programs; or addition of courses or programs of study at a degree or credential above baccalaureate level; contact the SACS-COC Accreditation Liaison to ensure proper notification to SACS-COC.

For other changes, complete the Substantive Change Form to help determine the type of change and reporting requirements. You will be contacted by the SACS-COC Accreditation Liaison if any further information is necessary for SACS-COC notification.

Acceptance Letters from SACS-COC

Date Category Degree or Certificate Program
SACSCOC Approvals Begin on Institutional Portal
5/25/2022 New Programs and Certificates Cloud Computing Certificate
6/29/2021  New Programs and Certificates Surgical Tech AS
5/20/2020 New Programs and Certificates Cybersecurity BAS
Events Planning Management Certificate
Medical Device Design and Manufacturing Certificate
Laboratory Specialist ATC
Teach Out Computer Support Certificate
Microsoft Certified Solutions
10/9/2020  Teach Out Computer Support Certificate
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate Certificate
1/6/2020  Dual Credit Site St. Petersburg High School
10/31/2019  New Programs and Certificates Data Science AS
9/27/2019  Teach Out Health Data Management ATC
9/10/2019  New Programs and Certificates Emergency Management Administration ATC
Production Systems AS
10/24/2018 New Programs and Certificates Biomedical Repair Certificate
Child Development Certificatebr
Megatronics Certificatebr
Water Quality Technician Certificate
Teach Out Science Teacher Education 6-12 BS
2/18/2018  Teach Out Photographic Technology AS
Digital Photography Certificate
International Business BAS
Industrial Management Technology AS
Sign Language AS
Drafting and Design AS
Drafting Certificate
9/14/2017 New Programs and Certificates Electronics Aid Certificate
Paramedic PSAV
Teach Out Medical Quality Systems Certificate
2/20/2017  Dual Credit Sites Osceola Fundamental High School
Palm Harbor University High School
1/9/2017  Program Closure Orthotics and Prosthetics, B.A.S.
10/14/2016  Teach-Out Eckerd College Program for Experienced Learners (PEL)
9/12/2016  Program Modification Orthotics and Prosthetics A.S. (Hours Reduction)
New Programs and Certificates Biomedical Engineering Technology A.S.
6/23/2016  New Programs and Certificates Audio Technology Certificate
Community Health Worker Certificate
Supply Chain Management Certificate
Social and Human Services A.S.
Program Closure Aviation Maintenance Technology (Teach-Out)
Maternal and Health Worker ATD (Teach-Out)
Human Services - Alcohol/Substance Abuse A.S.
Human Services - Social Services A.S.
Program Modification Addiction Studies Certificate (Hours Reduction)
Orthotics and Prosthetics A.S. (Hours Reduction)
6/11/2016  New Programs and Certificates Fire Officer Supervisor Certificate
Fire Fighter/EMT PSAV
Program Closure Interactive Web Design (Teach-Out)
2/8/2016  New Programs and Certificates Biotechnology A.S.
10/1/2015  New Programs and Certificates Computer Information Technology A.S.
Help Desk Support Specialist Certificate
Digital Media/Multimedia Foundations Certificate
Program Modification IT Security name change to Cyber Security
Program Closure Technology Management AS
Fire Inspector I and II Certificates
Fire Investigator I Certificate
Fire Officer I and II Certificates
Video Game Foundations
7/27/2015  Teach-Out On behalf of Clearwater Christian College
7/15/2015  Program Modifications College of Business
Digital Media
1/29/2015  New Programs and Certificates Computer Programmer Certificate
Infant and Toddler Specialization Certificate
Preschool Specialization Certificate
9/08/2014  Program Closure Critical Care ATC
Emergency Care ATC
Sepsis Awareness and Education ATC
8/25/2014  Program Modifications College of Computer Information & Technology
7/08/2014  Program Closure Veterinary Management Certificate
9/18/2013  Dual Credit Sites Countryside High School
9/17/2013  New Programs and Certificates Health Sciences, AS
5/13/2013  Program Closure Parks & Leisure Services (PALS) Program
4/01/2013  Embedded Certificate Engineering Technology Support Certificate 
3/18/2013  Program Closure Medical Laboratory Technology, AS
1/23/2013  Embedded Certificates Addendum See addendum for list of omitted certificates from original letter
1/07/2013  Embedded Certificates See verification letter for list of certificates
12/17/2012  Accreditation Verification International Language Institute (ILI)
(Non-Credit Intensive English Program)
11/26/2012  Dual Credit Sites Dixie Hollins High School
Lakewood High School
East Lake High School
8/27/2012  Site Accreditation Accreditation of All SPC Sites
7/11/2012  Program Modifications Industrial Management Technology (AAS to AS)
Addiction Studies Certificate
Associate in Science Degree in Music Industry/Recording Arts
Educator Preparation Institute (Content Areas Reduction)
New Programs and Certificates CPLUS-CT C++
MBLDVC-CT Mobile Device
OPNSRC-CT Open Source
VBNET-CT Visual Basic.NET
Program Closure Banking BAS
Business Technology Education, BAS
Technology Education, BAS
1/3/2012 New Programs and Certificates Digital Media Technology
Interactive Web Design
Food and Beverage Specialist
Rapid Prototyping and Design
Rooms Division Operations
Rooms Division Specialist
Computer Support Certificate
Pre-Kindergarten/Primary Education, BS
9/14/2011 Dual Credit Sites Boca Ciega High School
Seminole High School
9/1/2011 Program Closure Accounting, AS
6/27/2011 Program Consolidation Engineering Technology, AS
Healthcare Informatics, AS
Business Technologies, AS
(Teach-out of consolidated programs and associated certificates)
2/23/2011 Site Relocation - New Facilities Veterinary Technology - Special Purpose Center
11/16/2010 Dual Credit Sites Gibbs High School
8/16/2010 Dual Credit Sites Clearwater High School
Largo High School
Dunedin High School
Tarpon Springs High School
8/9/2010 New Programs and Certificates Public Policy and Administration, BAS
3/3/2010 New Programs and Certificates Music Industry Recording Arts, AS
11/19/2009 New Programs and Certificates Biology, BS
8/25/2009 Dual Credit Sites Admiral Farragut Academy
Calvary Christian High School
Clearwater Central Catholic High School
Northeast High School
Northside Christian
Pinellas Park High School 
St. Petersburg Catholic High School 
10/9/2009 New Programs and Certificates Photographic Technology, AS
6/1/2009 New Programs and Certificates Business Administration, BAS
Sustainability Management, BAS
Environmental Science Technology, AS