Commission-accredited schools must petition for approval prior to undergoing a change in control or legal status. This type of change includes mergers, acquisitions, formal federations, or partnerships where one or more partners change their forms of control or legal status. This type of change also includes a member school acquiring a non-member school, or a member school converting from for-profit to non-profit status or vice versa (per Policies and Procedures IV.C and IV.C.1).
Given the complexity of these types of changes, schools considering any of these changes should consult with their Commission staff liaison as soon as possible and as often as needed—well before the submission of this petition. In completing this petition form, please include links to additional documentation as requested or as deemed helpful. Your Commission staff liaison will contact you if there are any questions regarding this petition.
NOTE: As stated in Policies and Procedures IV.C.1, restructuring a school's governance or revising its bylaws is not considered a substantive change, as long as there is no change of ownership, governing control, or legal status. Changing a school's legal name (including any new "doing business as" designation) is not considered a substantive change but does require notification to, and acknowledgement by, the school's Commission staff liaison (see ATS petitions and notifications webpage).