Proposal Process for New Academic Programs

Proposal Process for New Academic Programs

Before proposing new academic programs, faculty members will need to work closely with their appropriate Department Chair and Instructional Dean to assess new program feasibility.

Timeline:  New program proposals should seek and gain administrative approval at least 18 months prior to program implementation to allow a minimum of one year to prepare for program implementation.

Information needed for new program proposals:

  1.  Provide a description and overview of the proposed new program, including any specialized accreditation needed.  Complete the state Notice of Intent and the Labor Market Intent forms (linked here).
  2. How does the new program fit with the COCC Mission, Board Priorities, and Core Themes?
  3. Describe the connection of Program Level Outcomes to college-wide General Education Outcomes.
  4. Evidence of employment after program completion:
    1. What is the anticipated wage upon entry and wage progression potential (including benefits)?
    2. Include a "pre" advisory board statement of need for the occupation trained in the program.
  5. Noncredit offerings:  Have related courses been offered as noncredit courses?
    1. If not, should COCC offer components of this program as noncredit?  
    2. If so, please describe enrollment trends and other lessons learned from the noncredit offerings.
  6. Provide a tentative course of study.  This should include a list of courses including title, number of credits, prerequisites, general education requirements, and a brief description of each course.
  7. Detail the program delivery-face to face, online, or hybrid.
  8. What is the anticipated enrollment?
  9. What is the anticipated revenue from tuition and student fees?
  10. Regarding faculty:
    1. What is the current availability of faculty for the new program?
    2. What are the faculty minimum qualifications for faculty?
    3. What ratio of full-time to adjunct/part-time will sustain a high quality program? How many faculty members of each category (full-time and part-time) are needed for this program?
  11. Leverages:
    1. What elements of this program are supported by existing resources (faculty, staff, equipment)?
    2. What department(s) will oversee the program? Will other programs/departments be impacted?
    3. Regarding physical location of the program, what locations will the program request?  How much space is required for the program? Will the program require construction or remodeling of buildings?
  12. Will this program result in significant workload/resource changes for Enrollment Services, Library, Testing and/or Tutoring Center, and Institutional Technology? Are additional staffing needs (e.g., classified staff) anticipated?
  13. What are the development timeline and development expense projections? What start-up costs are anticipated in opening the program, and what ongoing expenses are anticipated?


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