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Non-Substantive & Substantive Changes

Non substantive changes in courses:

Non substantive changes are defined as administrative corrections or adjustments originating from the College that are considered not to impact the content or academic quality of the course or program.  

Changes originating from the Registrar, Office of Academic Affairs, or State and Florida Course Numbering System are administrative and require no Council action.  Notification from the Office of Academic Affairs and/or Registrar’s Office will be given to all affected parties.

A non-substantive change should involve no more than the following:

  • Minor re-wording of catalog description (prior to submission of catalog copy)
  • Additional topics for a Selected Topics or Variable Title course; Course title changes with justification
  • Change in course credit hours
  • Course deletions (Dean's signature is required)
  • Change in course level within lower or upper level
  • Changes in the grading system for undergraduate courses

But its also possible that a combination of changes to a number of the items listed above could warrant a substantive change.


Substantive changes in courses:

Substantive course changes are defined as any modifications that impact the content or academic quality of the course or program at any USF institution. 

These changes include but are not limited to:

  • Changes in Course Number/Prefix
  • Changes in content and/or objectives
  • Changes in the level of the course
  • Changes in Course Title
  • Change in Course Syllabus
  • Changes in Prerequisites
  • Change in Delivery Method


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