Institutional Planning

CBS Strategic Plans

CBS maintains a healthy culture of self-assessment and planning. Evidence of this activity is the College’s Strategic Planning Efforts. For the last 15 years, CBS has maintained strategic planning efforts, regardless of administration. 

  • CBS Strategic Plan 2014-2019: Expanding Our Reach

Strategic Plan Archive

  • CBS Strategic Plan 2008-2013: CBS 2.0
  • CBS Strategic Plan 2006-2009: Discerning His Will

Institutional Effectiveness Plans

CBS maintains a biennial Institutional Effectiveness Plan that incorporates all of the area’s assessment and reporting activities. In its process of maturing, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness established a robust plan during its 2013 SACSCOC initial accreditation process. 

  • IE Plan 2014-16
  • IE Plan Archive
  • IE Plan 2013

Substantive Change Planning

Substantive Changes on New Initiatives

The College of Biblical Studies-Houston (CBS) tracks all of its programs and evaluates all new initiatives through established processes. Changes that deviate in a significant fashion from the current alignment of the institution will often require us to notify or seek approval of our accreditors. CBS has a policy on these types of changes (found here), but a brief outline of these types of changes is provided below.

The following types of changes must be go through a special approval process at the College:

  • Substantive Change - A significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of an accredited institution. Under federal regulations, substantive change includes
    • Any change in the established mission or objectives of the institution
    • Any change in legal status, form of control, or ownership of the institution
    • The addition of courses or programs that represent a significant departure, either in content or method of delivery, from those that were offered when the institution was last evaluated
    • The addition of courses or programs of study at a degree or credential level different from that which is included in the institution’s current accreditation or reaffirmation
    • A change from clock hours to credit hours
    • A substantial increase in the number of clock or credit hours awarded for successful completion of a program
    • The establishment of an additional location geographically apart from the main campus at which the institution offers at least 50% of an educational program
    • The establishment of a branch campus
    • Closing a program, off-campus site, branch campus or institution
    • Entering into a collaborative academic arrangement that includes only the initiation of a dual or joint academic program with another institution
    • Acquiring another institution or a program or location of another institution
    • Adding a permanent location at a site where the institution is conducting a teach-out program for a closed institution
    • Entering into a contract by which an entity not eligible for Title IV funding offers 25% or more of one or more of the accredited institution’s programs
    • Any additional change approved by the institution’s accreditors as requiring substantive change in their substantive change policies


It is the responsibility of the College's Accreditation Liaison to:

  1. Assess any Substantive Change in the institution for accreditor requirements
  2. Determine what action(s) with respect to accreditors is/are needed; 
  3. File the appropriate notification, request, or prospectus with the accreditor(s) in a timely manner; 
  4. Liaise between the accreditor(s) and the College about any required follow-up action.
  5. Communicate the renewal of this policy with Academic and Administrative Leadership and Faculty, as well as new management employees through their IE training module.

For additional research on what constitutes a substantive change, please review the following information:

If you have any questions about a proposal or a change that you would like to see made here at CBS, please consult our Accreditation Liaison about our approval process. Contact to identify CBS’s accreditation liaison.