Academic Program and Substantive Changes

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC), the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and The University of Texas System (UT System) have requirements in place for notification and/or approval of any academic program changes in UTHealth’s six schools. The UTHealth Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) under the umbrella of the Executive Vice President & Chief Academic Officer is responsible for communicating all changes on behalf of the UTHealth schools to the organizations noted above and maintaining a comprehensive record of all UTHealth academic offerings.

Under HOOP 223 Academic Program and Substantive Change Policy UTHealth Schools wishing to make academic program changes must first notify OAA who will advise if the change is substantive or non-substantive in nature which will determine the level of institutional, UT System, THECB, or regional accrediting (SACSCOC) approvals. All notifications should be submitted via email to the OAA Academic Program Change mailbox at

Academic Program Changes include, but are not limited to (see HOOP 223):



THECB Public Universities and Health-Related Institutions
SACSCOC Substantive Changes Page