Summary: Approval Process for Major New Programs
A major new program will generally be considered to be one that would require
significant resources to support and maintain particularly faculty or capital or that
might encompass a new disciplinary area, or a graduate program in an area or unit that
previously did not offer a program at the proposed level.
When a new program is being considered, the proposer should first determine whether or
not it would be considered a major new program. Any clarification required will be made
jointly by the Chair of the Planning and Priorities Committee and the Chair of
Admissions and Studies or the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, as appropriate.
If the proposal is deemed to be a major new program, it will proceed as outlined below.
Otherwise, it will simply follow the usual path of approval for changes to academic
programs via Admissions and Studies or Graduate Studies.
Phase I: Letter of Intent
The process for developing a major new program is lengthy and detailed. Before vast
amounts of time and energy are invested, two key questions must be addressed:
1. How will the proposed program fit into the faculty's plans and priorities and
contribute to the University's vision, mission, goals and emphases?
2. How might the resources required by the new program be made available?
The Letter of Intent gives an overview of the program and its origin, and allows for
consideration of the above two questions.