Approval Levels for Academic Program Proposals

Several types of academic program proposals require various levels of vetting and approval.

Proposals which require approval by the Provost, COCAO, COPS, and the Board of Regents:

  1. New departments, institutes, and centers requiring new state funding.
  2. New degree programs.
  3. Extension of an approved degree program to a higher degree level, e.g., Associate degree to Bachelor’s degree.
  4. New major under an existing degree name.
  5. New stand-alone college/school.

Proposals which require approval by the Provost, COCAO, and the President/CEO of the Board of Regents:

  1. Minors in an area of study without a previously Board-approved degree program.
  2. Changing the name of an existing unit or degree title.
  3. Consolidating two or more units or degrees in one unit or degree.
  4. Splitting a unit or program into two or more units or programs.
  5. Any new department.
  6. Any new school housed within an existing college.

Proposals which require approval by the Provost:

  1. Minors in an area of study with a previously Board-approved degree program.
  2. New certificate programs.
  3. New degree tracks, options, and emphases.
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