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Establishing New Academic Degree Programs


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New Graduate Degree Programs Sponsored By The Graduate College

Occasionally, proposals for new graduate degree programs are interdisciplinary in content and cut across several colleges. Examples include the MS and PhD in Neuroscience and the Neuroscience Concentration at the master's and doctoral levels. Because of their cross-disciplinary nature, these proposals are situated in the Graduate College (with the approval of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs), and sponsored by the interdisciplinary units that offer the degree or concentration.

In the same manner as campus-wide centers and institutes, the interdisciplinary group (e.g., a committee) prepares the proposal for the new (interdisciplinary) degree program. The proposal is submitted for review and approval to the Graduate College as the sponsoring unit. Since these special degree programs involve more than one academic unit, it is the responsibility of the Graduate College to seek the approval of the proposed program from the line colleges whose faculty members and college and departmental resources are involved in supporting the new degree program. When agreement is reached by all colleges to participate in the proposed program, the Graduate College will approve the proposal acting in the dual capacity as (1) the sponsoring unit and (2) as the Graduate College in reviewing all new graduate degree programs.

After the proposal is approved by the Graduate College (and all of the supporting units), it is submitted to the Office of Programs and Academic Assessment (OPAA). OPAA will review the proposal to ensure that it follows IBHE format and adequately responds to all of the IBHE questions.

When OPAA is satisfied that the proposal is in good shape, the document is submitted to the Senate Committee on Educational Policy and, thence, to the Senate, the Board of Trustees, and the Illinois Board of Higher Education.