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Academic Program Proposals and Approval Process

For program modifications and discontinuations, complete the campus curriculum process before submitting the relevant Board of Regents (BOR) form to the Provost. If you are creating a new degree program, submit a short "Concept Paper" (available below under "Create a New Degree Program") before you go through the campus curriculum process.

The Provost is CCSU's liaison to the BOR and as such will be the one to forward your forms to the system office and keep track of your proposal's progress. Be sure that the Provost understands your proposal and why we ought to implement it.

Click here for official policy as revised 09/17/2015.
Click here
for an overview and guide to developing new programs

Make substantive modifications ("above threshold")

The BOR considers seven changes to be "substantive":

  1. a change in the title of the program or the degree,

  2. authorization to offer an existing program off-campus or with an alternate modality (e.g. offering an on ground program online),

  3. a change of more than 15 credits in an undergraduate program or more than 12 credits in a graduate program

  4. creation of a new undergraduate certificate program of more than 30 credits of courses belonging to an approved undergraduate major

  5. creation of a new undergraduate certificate program, or new option within an existing undergraduate major, of more than 15 credits of courses not already belonging to an approved undergraduate major

  6. creation of a new graduate certificate program, or new option within an existing graduate program, of more than 12 credits of courses not already belonging to an approved graduate program

  7. creation of a new undergraduate minor of more than 18 credits

Click here to access the forms to make substantive modifications

Report non-substantive modifications ("below threshold")

The BOR asks to be informed of the following modifications (no BOR resolution needed):

  1. creation of new academic programs that do not qualify students to become eligible for Federal financial aid,

  2. creation of a new undergraduate certificate program of 30 or fewer credits that fall within an approved program,

  3. creation of a new baccalaureate minor of 18 or fewer credits,

  4. creation of a new undergraduate option (e.g. specialization, emphasis or track within an approved undergraduate major) or undergraduate certificate of 15 or fewer credits a new graduate option (e.g. specialization, emphasis or track within an approved graduate degree or certificate program) of 12 or fewer credits

Click here to access the forms to make non-substantive modifications

Create a New Degree Program

A new degree program is a new undergraduate major, a new teaching certification program, a new post-baccalaureate certificate program, a new master's degree, sixth year certificate, post-master's certificate or doctor's degree. A new stand-alone certificate program that is Title IV eligible is processed as a new program. A new specialization or track within an existing degree program is a Modification (see above).

Click here to access the forms to create a new degree program

Delete an existing degree program

Program "discontinuation" must show due consideration for students who have not yet completed the program. The discontinuation should not adversely affect the state priority for workforce preparation.

Click here to access the forms to delete an existing degree program

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