Lincoln Memorial University ( Lmu )

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In 2005, Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) initiated the pursuit of Substantive Change from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) with the intent to initiate two advanced degree programs, the Doctor of Education (Ed.D) and the Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.). The administration of LMU, following Procedure One of the SACS Commission of College’s (SACSCOC) Substantive Change for Accredited Institutions Policy, provided a letter stating this intent on April 6, 2005 to the Executive Director of SACSCOC. Feasibility studies were conducted and both programs were recommended to the Board of Trustees. LMU submitted an Application for Member Institutions Seeking Accreditation at a More Advanced Degree Level, which requested both the programs be considered and the University move from Level IV to Level V in accreditation status. The following onsite, pre-accreditation team visited LMU in the fall of 2005 the decision was made to first pursue the D.O. degree program and postpone the Ed.D. Program. On October 2, 2006 SACSCOC officially received LMU’s application for a level change to establish a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree, submitted to the Compliance and Reports (C&R) Committee for review at their December meeting. A letter was sent to LMU on January 9, 2007 that stated “The Commission on Colleges awarded membership at Level V to offer the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree and authorized a Substantive Change Committee to visit the institution to review

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