Avoid the customization of degrees

The New York Board of Regents will take months, if not years, to review requests to award a new degree.  Moreover, past experience indicates that Albany will reject requests for new degrees unless there is strong evidence that they are needed, not just at Columbia but throughout New York State.  Therefore, schools should avoid customizing the name of the degrees they wish to offer.  They should confine themselves to ones that are already listed in the Regents' Rules unless there is a compelling need for a new degree and they can demonstrate that it is likely to become a widely used credential throughout their discipline.