Guidelines for New Academic Programs
The following links are offered as resources for faculty
planning on submitting program proposals.
Please note that guidelines for creating New Academic
Certificate programs have changed:
All faculty and administrators involved in the
submission of new program proposals are advised that, effective
July 1, 2011, new guidelines have been implemented by the U.S.
Department of Education.
The University must notify the U.S. Department of Education at
least 90 days prior to the first day of class for any new program
that we plan to offer. Any such notification must include the
1. A description of how the University has determined the
need for the program and how it was designed to meet local market
needs—or, in the case of an online program, regional and/or
national market needs. This must also contain any wage analysis
that might have been performed, including any consideration of the
Bureau of Labor Statistics data related to the program.
2. A description of how the program was reviewed or
approved by, or developed in conjunction with, business advisory
committees, program integrity boards, public or private oversight
or regulatory agencies, and businesses that would likely employ
graduates of the program.
3. Documentation that the program has been approved by
the University’s accrediting agency or otherwise included in its
4. The date of the first day of class of the new