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Chapter 20: Organization

20.036 Procedures for Reviewing Proposals to Establish New Degree Programs

Executive Guideline No. 29, 9-29-93.

  1. Proposals to Establish New Bachelor’s Programs
    1. Proposals should be prepared on the campuses in accord with the CBHE guidelines and format.
    2. Following review and approval by appropriate campus units and by the Chancellor, the proposal should be submitted by the Chancellor to the President.
    3. The President will refer the proposal to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs for review and advice.
    4. The President will either (1) send copies of the proposal to the Chancellors on the other campuses with a request for review and comment within four weeks, (2) return the proposal to the submitting campus for revision, or (3) return the proposal to the campus with a negative decision.
    5. Based on the comments received from the Chancellor and others, the President will either approve or disapprove the proposal. If approved, the President will submit the proposal to the Board of Curators.
    6. If the proposal is approved by the Board of Curators, the President will submit the proposal to the CBHE.
  2. Proposals to Establish New Master’s Degree Programs
    1. Normally, the review process for proposals to establish new Master’s degree programs will be reviewed in the same manner as proposals to establish new Bachelor’s programs. In some cases, the President may decide to appoint an outside review team.
  3. Proposals to Establish New Ph.D., Other Doctoral, and Professional Programs
    1. Proposals should be prepared on the campuses in accord with the CBHE guidelines and format.
    2. Following review and approval by appropriate campus units and by the Chancellor, the proposal should be submitted by the Chancellor to the President.
    3. The President will refer the proposal to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs for review and advice.
    4. The President will either (1) send copies of the proposal to the Chancellors on the other campuses with a request for review and comment, (2) return the proposal to the submitting campus for revision, or (3) return the proposal to the campus with a negative decision. If (1), the President will also appoint an outside review team, usually with three to five members, to seek advice about the need for the program, the merits of the proposed program, the ability of the proposing campus to offer the program, and possible opportunities for intercampus cooperation and collaboration. It will normally take three to six months to complete the outside review.
    5. Based on the comments received from the outside review team and the campuses, the President will either approve or disapprove the proposal. If approved, the President will submit the proposal to the Board of Curators.
    6. If the proposal is approved by the Board of Curators, the President will submit the proposal to the CBHE.

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