Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs
CHP and University Internal Procedures Prior to Submission to SC Commission on Higher Education (CHE)
New Program Planning Process
All new degree programs and those certificate programs that require 18 or more credit hours in a field or major must be approved through CHP and MUSC internal processes before submission to the SC Commission on Higher Education.
In the College of Health Professions consideration for the development of new academic programs include initial discussions with CHP administrators concerning justification of need, academic and curricular planning, financial implications, graduation expectations and employment opportunities. The plan for a new academic program must be developed by the program faculty and director, discussed with the appropriate financial officer, approved by the Division Director, Department Chair, Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs and the College Dean.
The MUSC and CHE processes entail the development of a program propsoal using the CHE template. CHE policies, timelines, and materials can be found at their website.
The Program Proposal must be approved through the MUSC processes, including Board of Trustees’ review and approval, before being submitted to the CHE.
New Program Proposal Development
Program Proposal Process
- The appropriate College program will work with the Division Director, Department Chair and Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs to prepare the program proposal.
- Once reviewed by the appropriate administrators with final approval from the College Dean, the document will be submitted to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost for approval with a copy of the Program Proposal to the Office of Enrollment Management, the Library, the SACS liaison, and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness for information.
- The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost will place the Program Proposal on the Board of Trustees agenda for approval. [Required by CHE]
- Upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs will submit ten unbound copies of the Proposal in Word format to the CHE Committee on Academic Affairs and Licensing (CAAL) with a letter of transmittal signed by the President. A copy of the document and cover letter will be sent to the College Dean, the Associate Provost for Educational Affairs and Student Life, and the Office of Enrollment Management.
- Upon approval by the CHE CAAL and the full Commission, the Office of the Associate Provost for Educational Affairs and Student Life will forward copies of the Program Proposal approval letter to the appropriate dean’s office, the Office of Enrollment Management, the SACS liaison, the Library, and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.