University Senate Approval

The Education Committee of the University Senate reviews all new on-line versions of existing programs leading to a degree, certificate or certification of professional achievement.   

  • It establishes a subcommittee at one of its meetings to review the proposal and report back to the full Committee at a subsequent meeting.  As part of its review, the subcommittee may discuss the proposal with  the faculty sponsors of the proposed program. 
  • After receiving the subcommittee’s  report, the full Education Committee votes on whether to approve the proposal   

The Education Committee informs the full Senate whenever it authorizes a school to begin an on-line version of an existing program, but the full Senate does not vote on the proposal.

The Education Committee meets monthly between September and April. Since it takes at least two months and sometimes more for it to complete its review, schools should send their proposals to the Vice Provost for Academic Programs as early in the academic year as possible.  The closer to April the Vice Provost receives a proposal for an on-line version of an existing program, the greater the likelihood that the Education Committee will not approve the new program until the following academic year.