Substantive Changes

Substantive Change includes any major change in the program. In order 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 e-Accred. 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
  • Change in degree (including level of the degree)
  • Relocation of program (change in department, school, or college)
  • Change in school or institutional accreditation status
  • Change in program resources from the university
  • Other

The documents required for each change are listed below in the appropriate category and can be uploaded to e-Accreditation. Documentation will be reviewed.  If additional information is requested, the program will have 30 days to respond.

Program Director Changes  Institutional administrators are responsible to complete a substantive change request and upload appropriate documentation within 30 days of anticipated or actual departure of the Athletic Training Program Director. Failure to do so will result in the program being placed on Administrative Probation. The CAATE Office will update the Program Director information in eAccreditation after review and acceptance of the appropriate materials. All other program administrators may be changed within e-Accreditation by the Program Director by adding a user to the User tab and then selecting that user as an official on the Officials tab.

Instructions and documents to be completed for Program Director change. All documents will be uploaded to the substantive change tab.

Program Director Change Procedures
PD and CEC Workload Table – Final
Faculty and Instructional Staff Table

Voluntary Withdrawal of Accreditation

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), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. 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), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. 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.” 

Change of Degree

The documents below provide detailed information regarding institutions desiring to voluntarily transition their existing Post-Professional program currently offered at the master’s level to a Post-Professional program at the doctoral level. This document does not apply to programs simultaneously offering Post-Professional programs at both the master’s and doctoral level.  Programs are allowed some overlap with students of both degrees, however a “teach out” plan for students enrolled in the program being dissolved is required as part of the change in degree  level request.  Once a program’s request for change in degree has been approved, the program will no longer be allowed to admit students at the previous degree level.  If a program is interested in transitioning the level of the degree in conjunction with a comprehensive review (self-study and site visit) please see the Substantive Change with Comprehensive Review Document.

Questions regarding this process should be directed to support@caate.net.

Instruction and Application Forms

Tables

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 4 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.