|| Academic Affairs
|| President's Cabinet
|Date of Approval:
|| November 13, 2012
|Date of Last Revision:
|| January 2000
|Next Review Date:
Reason for Policy/Purpose
This spells out the process for creating new academic porgrams and making revisions in progrmas. The process is spelled out below.
Who Needs to Know This Policy
All faculty and staff involved directly or indirectly with academic programs.
Website Address for this Policy
(to be identified)
I. POLICY: All new academic programs will be
adopted only after following a process that involves all affected areas of the
University. The process is described below. In 1991, moreover, the Board of
Directors made it University policy for any new program to be evaluated on the
basis of financial soundness as well as congruence with the Heritage mission
and academic quality.
A new academic
degree, major, minor, or certificate program may be proposed by a department or
existing program. It may also be proposed by an interdisciplinary team
appointed by a college dean or the Provost.
The same is true for proposals to add delivery sites or to make
significant changes in a program.
B. With support
from the proposing unit the proposal goes forward to the Undergraduate or
Graduate Curriculum Committee as appropriate.
C. Proposals must
1. Academic goals
and purposes of the program, as well as a curriculum and supplementary
materials including expected enrollment.
2. If a
professional program, evidence of a target market, needs assessment, and/or
3. Evaluation of
adequacy of current staff, infrastructure including IT, and library holdings.
4. Start-up costs,
continuing costs, and effects on the University’s revenue stream.
If approved by
the Curriculum Committee, the proposal goes forward to:
(or Academic Affairs Committee) for approval by the full-time faculty; then to
2. The President
for approval (usually after consultation with the Proost and cabinet); if
necessary, then to
Committee of the Board (for new programs); if necessary, then to
4. Board of
Directors (for new programs)
changes and new programs may require approval of the Northwest Commission on
Colleges and Universities. The Provost
will ascertain whether such approval is necessary.
Related Policies and Resources
Development of New Academic Programs Policy
Approved on 11/13/2012