PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES
Substantive Change includes any major change in the program. To maintain accreditation, the Program Director must inform CAATE of any substantive change such as the appointment of a new Program Director, a change in the program format, etc. All substantive change documentation is now submitted within eAccreditation. The following categories for substantive change are available:
- Change of program leadership where:
- Program Director is new faculty member
- Existing Program Director takes leave of absence
- Existing faculty member appointed as a permanent Program Director
- Interim Program Director appointed
- Change in degree (including level of the degree)
- Voluntary withdrawal of accreditation
- Relocation of program (change in department, school or college)
- Change in school or institutional accreditation status
- Change in program resources from the university
- Addition of multi-campus program site
- Other (including self-reporting non-compliances)
The documents required for each change are listed below in the appropriate category and can be uploaded to eAccreditation. Documentation will be reviewed; if additional information is requested, the program will have 30 days to respond.
Voluntary Withdrawal of Accreditation
Please Note: A program in voluntary withdrawal of accreditation may still have its accreditation withdrawn (non-voluntary) by the Commission prior to its closing date if compliance with the Standards is not maintained.
The program that is voluntarily withdrawing accreditation should use the following language on their website and other publicly available documents: “(Name of Program) is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 2001 K Street NW, Third Floor North, Washington, DC 20006 USA. The program has chosen to Voluntarily Withdraw its CAATE Accreditation effective (INSERT DATE).”
The program that is voluntarily withdrawing accreditation and that is on Probation should use the following language on their website and other publicly available documents: “(Name of Program) is currently on probation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 2001 K Street NW, Third Floor North, Washington, DC 20006 USA. The program has chosen to Voluntarily Withdraw its Accreditation effective (INSERT DATE). The program will remain on probation until the Withdraw is effective and the program is closed.”
Relocation of Program
Programs with a change in department, school or college are requested to upload a formal document signed by your Academic Provost or President stating the change. The document must be uploaded to the Substantive Change tab using the Relocation of Program option.
Multi-Campus, Program Expansion, Additional Program Location
Programs who would like to expand by adding an additional location (e.g., satellite location) must follow the specific accreditation procedures for establishing a new location. CAATE review and APPROVAL of the Expansion Application for an additional location is required prior to the admission of students into the additional location. The accreditation status of the current program does NOT apply to the additional location until all accreditation procedures for an additional location are successfully completed.
Programs will be limited to four additional locations under the accreditation status of the established accredited program. This limit is intended to ensure the quality of the education provided at each accredited location under the direction and leadership of one Program Director.
The multi-campus criteria form will help programs determine eligibility for multi-campus approval. If the program meets the criteria, then the application form should be completed and submitted via the substantive change tab within eAccreditation.
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