All academic programs (degree and certificate programs) are provisional for the first cycle of operation. The length of the cycle is determined by the length of time a typical student would take to complete the program.
Minimum Cycles for Provisional Programs
Bachelor's Degree = 6 Years
Master's Degree = 3 Years
PhD = 5 years
*A one-year extension may be granted upon request.
Once a provisional program has completed its first cycle and has undergone program review, the unit may request established status. The Board of Regents (BOR) establishes degree programs, and the Chancellor establishes certificate programs.
Approval Process for Degree Programs
Approval Process for Certificate Programs
Executive Policy E5.201 mandates that no tenure appointments or tenure commitments shall be made in new programs until the Board of Regents has granted established status. New programs are usually housed in departments with long-standing established programs. For this reason, tenure appointments and tenure commitments are typically not affected by the provisional status of a degree program.
1) Established-Status Proposal
The proposal for Established Status responds to the questions in Appendix D of Executive Policy E5.201. Successful requests for established status typically include the following.
- Evidence of ongoing program assessment and the use of assessment data to improve the program.
- Evidence of a healthy student population in terms of enrollment, time-to-degree, and employment of graduates.
2) Academic Program Cost and Revenue Template
The Academic Program Cost and Revenue Template (Cost Template) examines the instructional cost of a degree program balanced by the tuition generated by the program. Please complete the yellow cells only. The campus-wide figures and calculations have been included for your convenience.
Programs Approved After 2007: Please refer to the cost template that was submitted to the BOR when the program was first approved, and compare the projected costs of the program with the actual costs. If you do not have a copy of your original cost template, please call 956-6145.
3) Request for an Extension (Approval Memo Template)