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Request for New CSU Degree Program/Major (Bachelor's or Master's)

New degree programs require approval from the CSU Office of the Chancellor. Before a new degree program can be proposed, the department must obtain Academic Senate approval of the Academic Master Plan and Resource Implication form for inclusion on the CSU Board of Trustees Annual Academic Master Plan. The Academic Master Plan and Resource Implication must be submitted by logging in to Curriculog and selecting the Start a new proposal link to initiate the campus approval process. The proposal must be approved by the campus and CSU Board of Trustees in order for the CSU Office of the Chancellor to review a proposal for a new degree program. The timeline for proposing and offering a New Degree Program can take 2 years.

Please see the Academic Program Planning web site for doctoral degree proposal formats. (http://www.calstate.edu/APP/program_dev.shtml)

 

Criteria

Proposals are subjected to system-level internal and external evaluation, through which reviewers seek evidence indicating that current campus budgetary support levels provide sufficient resources to establish and maintain the program. Review criteria include: curriculum, financial support, number and qualification of faculty, physical facilities, library holdings, responsiveness to societal need and regional and workforce needs, academic assessment plans, and compliance with all applicable CSU policies, state laws, and accreditation standards.

 

From the CSU Office of the Chancellor

Per Coded Memo AA-2014-04: For [new] bachelor’s degree programs requiring more than 120 semester units, campuses are required to submit an exception request accompanied by a completed worksheet and curriculum map.
To ensure the integrity of the degree program, each approved degree title is to be associated with only one set of curricular requirements. Requirements in addition to the core curriculum may be achieved through use of a subprogram (an option, concentration, or special emphasis), as noted in Executive Order 1071. The program core shall represent the majority of required units so that the program's major core curriculum and associated student learning outcomes related to the core can be achieved by all enrolled students, regardless of subprogram pursued.

 

Procedures

Before a proposal is submitted to the Chancellor’s Office, the campus proposes adding the projected degree program (the Academic Master Plan and Resource Implication) to the campus academic plan. Subsequent to the CSU Board of Trustees approval of the projection, a detailed, campus-approved program implementation proposal is submitted to the Chancellor’s Office for review and approval. In the case of a “Fast Track” proposal, the Academic Master Plan and Resource Implication proposal and the detailed degree proposal are sent to the Chancellor’s Office at the same time. Proposals are to be submitted in the academic year preceding projected implementation; the proposal should be approved by the College and forwarded to Academic Programs and Services for campus approval by the seventh week of the Fall Semester. Only programs whose detailed degree proposals have been approved by the CSU Chancellor may enroll students. Campus Academic Plans appear in the Educational Policy Committee Agenda Item of the annual March meeting of the Board of Trustees.

 

Process for Approval of Request for a New Degree Program (Bachelor’s or Master’s)

Academic Master Plan and Resource Implication

Department Chair originates proposal of the Academic Master Plan and Resource Implication in Curriculog then the proposal moves through the approval process as follows:
  1. Dean and/or Associate Dean
  2. College Curriculum Committee
  3. Dean
  4. Academic Programs and Services (Technical Review and Dean approval)
  5. Consultation (Newly approved curriculum reviewed by all Department Chairs and Associate Deans. Colleges/Departments have five working days to review proposals and submit any comments within Curriculog.) If no consultation is requested, proposal proceeds to the next step.
  6. Committee on Academic Planning and Resources (CAPR)
  7. Committee on Instruction and Curriculum (CIC)
  8. Executive Committee of the Academic Senate (ExCom)
  9. Academic Senate
  10. University President
  11. CSU Office of the Chancellor, via Academic Programs and Services, for placement on the CSU Board of Trustees annual March meeting agenda*
  12. Academic Programs and Services notifies the college/department of the CSU BOT decision

Detailed New Degree Program Proposal

Upon CSU Board of Trustee approval of the Academic Master Plan and Resource Implication, Department Chair originates a detailed New Degree Program proposal via Curriculog. (Note: the CSU New Degree Program proposal template must be completed and submitted as an attachment within the New Degree Program proposal via Curriculog.) The approval process proceeds as follows:
  1. Dean and/or Associate Dean
  2. College Curriculum Committee
  3. Dean
  4. Academic Programs and Services (Technical Review and Director, Associate Dean/Dean approval)
  5. Consultation (Newly approved curriculum reviewed by all Department Chairs and Associate Deans. Colleges/Departments have five working days to review proposals and submit any comments within Curriculog.) If no consultation is requested, proposal proceeds to the next step.
  6. Committee on Academic Planning and Resources (CAPR)
  7. Committee on Instruction and Curriculum (CIC)
  8. Executive Committee of the Academic Senate (ExCom)
  9. Academic Senate
  10. University President
  11. CSU Office of the Chancellor, via Academic Programs and Services
  12. University Curriculum Coordinator facilitates the completion of the proposal and addition into the catalog
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