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, 238KB) 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 (DOC, 29KB; updated June 2022). Departments should complete Form A and submit to the college curriculum committee to initiate the new curriculum process. Contact the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost to obtain the appropriate CIP Discipline Specialty Title and the CIP Discipline Specialty Number (questions 2 and 3 on Form A.)


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Kelsey Gillen,
Director of Academic Quality and Undergraduate Education,