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Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs

Internal Procedures

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 Planning Summary (no more than three pages).  With the submission and approval of the planning summary by the CHE Advisory Committee on Academic Programs (ACAP), a  20-page Program Proposal may be developed.  (http://www.che.sc.gov/CHE_Docs/AcademicAffairs/Polices_and_Procedures_for_New_Academic_Programs.pdf )

The Program Proposal must be approved through the MUSC processes, including Board of Trustees’ review and approval, before being submitted to the CHE Committee on Academic Affairs and Licensing (CAAL).  With the approval of the CAAL, the program proposal will be submitted to the CHE full Commission for final approval.  The complete New Program Approval process is outlined in this document.

 Please consider all timelines including that of the CHE timelines as noted on its website.  As well, allow as much as six months lead time, prior to the CHE deadline to accomplish MUSC’s internal approval process.

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education:

http://www.che.sc.gov/InstitutionsEducators/AcademicPolicies,Programs/AcademicPrograms.aspx

 

 

 

 

New Program Planning Process

Program Planning Summary

1.     Upon CHP approval, a Program Planning Summary (not to exceed three pages) will be developed and submitted to the Dean. (See form on the Academic and Faculty Affairs Website; http://www.che.sc.gov/New_Web/ForInstitutions/AcadProg.htm , see pages 16-18 ; Appendix A, pages 23-24)

2.     With the dean’s approval, the proposed Program Planning Summary to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost with a copy to the Associate Provost for Educational Affairs and Student Life.

3.     The Associate Provost for Educational Affairs and Student Life will forward a copy of proposed Program Planning Summary to the Office of Enrollment Management, the Library, the SACS liaison, and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness for information.

4.     The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost will place the Proposed Program Planning Summary on the Deans’ Council agenda for approval.

5.     If approved by the Deans’ Council, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost will forward the Program Planning Summary to the Vice Presidents and subsequently to the Board of Trustees for approval. 

6.     When approved by the Board of Trustees, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost will electronically forward the signed Program Planning Summary to the SC Commission on Higher Education Advisory Committee on Academic Programs (ACAP) with a cover letter (prepared with input by the College as needed) and copied to the College Dean, the Associate Provost for Educational Affairs and Student Life, and the Office of Enrollment Management.  Other administrators may be copied as indicated and needed.

7.     Upon approval and notification from the CHE Advisory Committee on Academic Programs (ACAP), the Office of the Associate Provost for Educational Affairs and Student Life will forward copies of the Program Planning Summary approval letter to the appropriate dean’s office, the Office of Enrollment Management, the SACS liaison, the Library, and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

8.     Program Planning Summaries are valid for three years.  After that date, Program Planning Summaries must be updated and resubmitted.

9.     If the college intends to initiate the educational program for which the Program Planning Summary was approved, the procedure (New Program Proposal Process) must be followed as outlined.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Program Proposal Development

Program Proposal Process

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  1.  Upon CHE approval of the Program Planning Summary, 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 (not to exceed 20 pages in length). ((http://www.che.sc.gov/New_Web/ForInstitutions/AcadProg.htm , see pages 16-18 ; Appendix B, pages 25-36)
  1. 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.
  1. The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost will place the Program Proposal on the Board of Trustees agenda for approval. [Required by CHE]
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
 
 
 

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