Information on New Program Approval
New academic programs (bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees) require approval from the PASSHE Chancellor 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.
As of January 2018, New Programs no longer require approval by the Board of Governors, but instead are reviewed and approved by the Chancellor, thereby streamlining the timeline for how new programs move through PASSHE.
Please see the PASSHE Academic and Student Affairs page for more information and links to resources. You will be prompted to enter your Ship email and password in order to access the secure site.
Note: PASSHE requires that new programs reference how they fit into the PASSHE Strategic Plan.
Finally, the format for proposals 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, Concentrations, or Teacher Certifications 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 (Revised Jan 2018)