2007 Reaffirmation Teams
3.12.1 - 2007 Reaffirmation Teams
The institution notifies the Commission of changes in accordance with the substantive change policy and, when required, seeks approval prior to the initiation of changes.
The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) abides by the policy of the SACS Commission on Colleges on substantive changes by notifying the commission of changes and seeking approval prior to the changes when required. In accord with SACS’s Substantive Change policy, the substantive changes requested during the years 2000-06 by UT Dallas related to distance-learning courses delivered online and via a combination of online and face-to-face instruction.
In April 2002, UT Dallas President Franklyn Jenifer submitted to the SACS commission a substantive change prospectus for an online master of science degree in management and administrative sciences to be offered along with a certificate in project management (both of which were being offered in traditional classroom format on campus) by the School of Management (SOM). That same month, SACS Commission on Colleges Executive Director James Rogers informed President Jenifer, “Because of your experience in delivering approved online graduate and business programs and the proposed degree program already exists in your academic inventory, it is included within the scope of accreditations previously granted. We require no further information from you at this time.” The letters and the prospectus are included in the supporting documents .
SOM also offers courses for The University of Texas System (UT System) TeleCampus (UTTC) online MBA degree. In April 2001, UT Dallas participated in the SACS onsite review  and the relevant sections of the subsequent reports for UT Dallas’ participation in UTTC offerings. The SACS Commission’s action at the December 2001 meeting continued accreditation and requested a progress report in September 2002   . At its meeting in December 2002, the SACS Commission requested a second progress report by September 2003  , and, following review of that report, the SACS Commission did not request additional reports . Other schools at UT Dallas have subsequently begun to participate in offerings through UTTC by offering courses for the criminology and criminal justice online program and the UTTC online education courses and programs.
In August 2002, UT Dallas President Jenifer sought approval of the SACS Commission to offer the complete master’s of public affairs degree program at the Universities Center at Dallas (UCD). UT Dallas received approval from the UT System, THECB, and SACS Commission Executive Director James Rogers in September 2002 . UT Dallas offered courses in that downtown Dallas facility for one academic year, but students continuing in the program returned to the UT Dallas campus, and the degree program offering was discontinued in 2004. A very limited number of UT Dallas courses are currently offered at UCD due to limited enrollments at the UCD location and to higher priority being given by the UT Dallas administration to campus based needs. In fall 2006, only two sections of one course in organizational behavior were offered, and both sections were canceled because of lack of enrollment .
In July 2005, newly-appointed UT Dallas President David Daniel notified the SACS Commission of UT Dallas’ intent to offer a master of arts in teaching degree program in science education as a UTTC program beginning in fall 2006. In September 2005, SACS Commission President Belle Wheelan accepted the notification and noted that only the date of implementation was needed as further information .
In 2005-06, a revised UT Dallas mission statement  was developed under the leadership of President David Daniel as part of the university’s strategic plan, “Creating the Future .” The revised statement was approved first by Interim Executive Vice Chancellor Geri Malandra in June 2006 and subsequently by the UT System Board of Regents in August 2006  . The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) approved the revision in October 2006 . Beginning in June 2006, UT Dallas SACS liaison, Robert Nelsen, was in contact with the SACS Commission staff . In December 2006, SACS Commission President Belle Wheelan conferred with Dr. Carol Hollins and both concurred that the revision was not a substantive change .