Program & Organizational Unit Proposal Forms
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Program & Organizational Unit Proposal Forms

GUIDELINES

Board policy dictates that the creation of degrees, majors, programs, departments, or structural organizations must be approved by the Board of Regents. Flexibility is given to the institutions to implement minor changes to the above list without Board approval. In cases where there is an absence of significant programmatic change, minimal impact to other NSHE institutions and clear adherence to approved institutional mission, institutions may seek approval through the Academic Affairs Council. Furthermore, Board policy establishes an accountability system whereby institutions are directed to provide periodic follow-up information on cost estimates and enrollment projections provided in the program proposal process.


Items Requiring Academic Affairs Council Approval

  • Emphases, concentrations and/or options within a degree do not require AAC approval, except for emphases within a BAS, which require BOR approval
  • Certificate of Achievement (all other certificates do not require AAC approval)
  • Study abroad programs
  • Name change to a degree, major or primary field of study that is cosmetic in nature and does not result in a change in curriculum
  • Name change to an emphasis accompanied by a significant change in curriculum
  • Name change to an organizational unit that is cosmetic in nature



Items Requiring Board of Regents Approval

  • Creating a degree, major or primary field of study
  • Creating an emphasis within the bachelor of applied science
  • Creating an emphasis, concentration, or options that are converted into a major
  • Creating a department, school, or college
  • Creating an organizational unit, center, or institute
  • Name change to a degree, major or primary field of study accompanied by a significant change in curriculum
  • Name change to a department, school, or college that is the result of a significant reorganization of existing units, consolidation, or change in mission
  • Name change to an organizational unit, center, or institute that is the result of a significant reorganization of existing units, consolidation, or change in mission
  • Deletion of any degree, major, primary field of study, department, school or college, center, institute or other structural organization