No new program can begin until it has received all of the necessary approvals, both within and outside of the University. Additionally schools should not start to advertise a new program until the process of review has been completed. It is, therefore, in the best interests of the school to seek authorization for a new program and prepare the supporting materials in a timely manner.
Once a new proposal has been approved within the school, it will typically take a minimum of 18-24 months to gain all of the necessary University and external approvals. Departments and schools should, therefore, keep the following considerations in mind in asking for permission to begin advertising/recruiting for a new program.
- Coordinate the submission of proposals with the schedule of the University Senate.
- Use the proper proposal forms.
- Properly complete the proposal forms.
- Determine if a proposal requires Trustees' approval.
- Avoid the customization of degrees.
- Coordinate the collection of external evaluations with the University review.
- Do not count on a rapid approval from Albany.
- Seek approval for substantial changes in educational programming.
- Be aware of Middle States requirements for new programs.
- When in doubt, ask for help.
- Policy on Credit Hours
- Senate Guidance Document for Degree and Certificate Proposals
- Certificate versus Certification of Professional Achievement (CPA)