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Overview for Developing New Academic Programs and Credit Certificates

The following actions are expected of department chairs pursuing a new degree program or credit certificate.

  1. Chair discusses proposal with the School Dean.
  2. The Dean meets with the Vice President for Academic Affairs to review proposal and identify how it aligns with the strategic plan for the department/school, and how the proposed program/certificate will be supported.
  3. The Dean signals to the Chair to continue development of proposal, if contingent approval is given.
  4. Dean and Chair review the outline of steps and appropriate application.
        - Outline of Steps for New Programs and Credit Certificates 
        - FIT's Approval to Proceed for a new credit certificate (.doc)
        - FIT's Approval to Proceed for a new degree program (.doc)
  5.  Chair downloads the appropriate Approval to Proceed application.
  6. VPAA and Dean notify VP's of intention and Chair and Dean work with VP's to develop the approval to proceed application.
  7. Chairs and Deans write first draft of application. This will require collaboration with Vice Presidents of pertinent units (e.g. Finance and Administration, CER, Strategic Planning, IT).
  8. First draft is reviewed by Vice Presidents.
  9. Dean and Chair draft final iteration of application incorporating VP feedback.
  10. Dean and Chair present final iteration to VPAA in advance of President's review.
  11. Copies are shared with Academic Affairs.
  12. If approved by the President, the proposal is voted on by the Board of Trustees.

Contact Assistant Dean for Curriculum Deborah Klesenski at x74045 for assistance. 

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