The University needs the permission of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to offer 50 percent or more of a previously approved program on-line but not if the percentage is less. This is the case regardless of whether the use of on-line teaching will replace or supplement classroom instruction.
Within the NYSED, proposals for new educational programs are reviewed by one of two offices, depending on the fields in which they educate students. The Office of the Professions is responsible for reviewing programs in most fields in which the State issues licenses. Currently, it approves new programs, with the exception of those leading to the Ph.D., in the following fields in which the University currently educates students:
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It also evaluates programming in other fields leading to a license. A complete list of its areas of responsibility is available on-line at www.op.nysed.gov/prof.
Programs in other fields and all on-line programming leading to Ph.D. programs regardless of field are approved by the Office of College and University Evaluation (OCUE).
The Office of the Professions and OCUE each require the use of a distinctive set of forms for applications to establish a new degree or certificate program or to modify an already registered program. Schools can access the forms they should use by clicking on the link below.
Applications are entered through the Academic Program Approval System (APAS). Please contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Programs (OVPAP) at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 854-2691 for access to APAS. Given the substantial number of possible permutations in State forms, schools should contact OVPAP for guidance on which ones to use before starting to fill them out.
NYSED can take a year or more to review and approve programs. Therefore, the earlier a proposal is ready for review, the greater the chances are that it will receive State approval in time to start the new program on the desired date.
An on-line version of an existing program cannot begin until it has all of the necessary approvals, both within and outside of the University. Additionally, a school should not begin to market the program until those approvals have been received. It is, therefore, incumbent upon the originating department or school to seek authorization for a new program and prepare the supporting materials in a timely manner.