The Policies and Procedures (VI.A.6) require schools to notify ATS Commission staff of certain types of "non-substantive" changes and to receive acknowledgement by staff of those changes before they are implemented. This form covers three types: (1) changing the name of an approved degree, (2) adding a new degree that is NOT in a new degree category or does NOT represent a significant departure from currently approved degrees, and (3) discontinuing a degree that does NOT also involve closing a location or site that offers at least half of that degree. Adding a degree in a new degree category or that represents a significant departure from currently approved degrees, or discontinuing a degree that also involves closing a location requires a petition rather than a notification (see ATS petitions and notifications webpage).
This notification form may be submitted at any time, though at least 30 days before implementing the change (adding a new degree requires 60 days). Commission staff will typically acknowledge this notification within 30 days. Allowing 60 days to acknowledge new degrees allows more time to ensure that the new degree does not constitute a substantive change, which requires Board approval, and ensures accurate Commission records. Schools are to use this form to notify staff for each change related to degrees by completing the relevant portion (i.e., submit one notification form per change). In completing this form, please include links to additional documentation as requested or as deemed helpful.