New Program Approval Procedures - Majors/Curricula/Degrees

(Baccalaureate, Masters, Doctoral or First Professional Degree Program)

The process required to move a curriculum proposal generated by a department or interdepartmental unit through to final approval from the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, requires multiple steps. The full process can require 8-12 months depending on the timing of approvals and subsequent meetings, including the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, annual meeting schedule. The Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee and the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost have developed a document, “From Curriculum Proposal to Offering a New Curriculum” (PDF, 1.30MB) that outlines the pathway and approval steps for a new major/curriculum/degree program. Faculty/departments that are considering a new program should read through this document before beginning the curriculum proposal.

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, uses a standard format for proposing a new academic program (Form A). To simplify the process for faculty, the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost has created a Form A Template (DOC, 29KB) that includes standard text (for questions, like budget) and draft boilerplate text that departments can use as a starting point for other questions. Departments should use the Form A Template (DOC, 29KB) as they begin to draft Form A for a new program.  


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Shawn Marie Boyne
Director of Academic Quality and Undergraduate Education,