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Section Two - Program Development and Approval

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Process for New Program Development and Approval

There are three different processes for the development of new programs: standard, fast track, and pilot. A detailed description of each of these processes may be found below. Approval of a new program is not automatic at any level. Students must not be told that the program will be available until final approval for implementation has been granted.

Standard Process

Upon receipt of approval for projection from the CSU Office of the Chancellor and the addition of the proposed new program onto the CSU master plan, the department or program may prepare a standard proposal requesting a new program. Proposals are to be submitted to the CSU Office of the Chancellor in the academic year preceding projected implementation. It is essential that the proposal conform to the CSU Degree Program Proposal Template. Additional information as well as an electronic copy of the template can be found at the Chancellor's Office Resources page.

The information on the CSU Degree Program Proposal Template page, duplicates the format found on the template.

Departments or programs will need to obtain department, college, and university approval for the proposal. The department or program shall prepare a comprehensive packet of materials including:

  • the program proposal in template format, including the Faculty Check List,
  • a completed "Coversheet for Program Projection, Implementation and Major Program Change" form (Attachment 2.3), and
  • a completed "Proposal for New Program, Degree or Certificate" (University Research Council (URC) Form).

The process is outlined as follows:

  • 1. One paper copy and one electronic copy of the proposal that was approved by the department and college is forwarded to the appropriate administrator in the Office of the Provost and one to the Office of Academic Programs and Articulation (AS 124, x. 5-8221).
  • 2. The proposal is reviewed by both offices and feedback is provided to the proposer.
  • 3. When everything is in order, the appropriate administrator in the Office of the Provost forwards the proposal to the Academic Senate. The document is then passed on to the Curriculum and Educational Policies Council and the University Resource Council for review. Proposers will be invited to discuss their proposals with these councils. Upon recommendation by these councils, the proposed program must be reviewed and approved by the entire senate. Proposers are again invited to discuss their proposals.
  • 4. Upon recommendation by the Academic Senate, the appropriate administrator in the Office of the Provost seeks the president's approval.
  • 5. The proposing department then sends 5 paper copies and 1 electronic version of the proposal to the appropriate administrator in the Office of the Provost for submission to the CSU Office of the Chancellor.


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