University Approvals

Once the development of an online component of an existing program has been approved within its school of origin, the school sends the proposal to the Vice Provost for Academic Programs.  The proposal should address all of the questions in the Proposal for On-Line Delivery of an Existing Program and should be submitted to APAS.   

For certificate and degree programs the school will also need to complete a state application for the Vice Provost to send to the New York State Education Department (NYSED), but it is not necessary to submit that application at the same time as the Proposal for On-Line Delivery of an Existing Program. The school may prepare the state application while the proposal is under review at the University.

The Vice Provost evaluates proposals for new programs on behalf of the Provost and forwards them to other officers for the following further reviews: 

  • The University Registrar
  • The Chief Digital Officer

Once a proposal to add an online version of an existing program has all of the necessary central authorizations, the Vice Provost forwards it to the University Senate.  

If the online version of the program is identical to the in-person program with respect to content and admission criteria, the application typically then proceeds to the next level of review.