Information on New Program Approval
New academic programs (bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees) require approval from the Board of Governors, in addition to going through the university’s curriculum approval process. Information on this page is designed to help departments create successful proposals at this level.
The Academic Program Implementation Guidelines provides information on BOG interpretations, suggestions, and guidelines for proposing new and revised academic programs. Read this information first, as it answers many questions and provides necessary definitions.
A Letter of Intent, to be sent to the Office of the Chancellor by the Provost’s Office, will ideally be completed and approved while the proposal itself is proceeding through the university curriculum approval.
See the New Program Proposal Timeline for target dates by which departments should have information approved, mapped out through 2017.
Please see the PowerPoint regarding New Program Development for additional information.
Note: PASSHE requires that new programs reference how they fit into the PASSHE Strategic Plan.
Finally, the Format for Proposals [Word] provides details on both the proposal format and the process of completing the proposal. See the Get Proposal Form page for the appropriate forms.
New Minors (without a major), Certificates, and Letters of Completion do not require approval from the Board of Governors, but will be reviewed by the Office of the Chancellor in addition to going through the university’s curriculum approval process.
This Format for Proposals document is designed to help departments create successful proposals at this level for submission to the Office of the Chancellor.
We suggest that you make an appointment with the Associate Provost and College Dean as early as possible when getting ready to start the process so that it can be explained more fully. The UCC Chair can also be present at that meeting.
BOG policy 1990-060-A: Academic Degrees
BOG policy 1985-01-A: Requirements for Initiation or Change of Credit-Based Academic Programs