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Office of Academic Planning

New Degree Program Development


The procedure for developing and approving new degrees is outlined in APS 1038 of the CU System and policy 1XXX of University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus. At the system level, new degrees must be approved by the Vice President (VP) for Academic Affairs, and the University of Affairs Committee of the Board of Regents, before they are sent to the full Board of Regents for their approval. Following approval of the Board of Regents, the VP for Academic Affairs forwards the proposal to the Colorado Department of Higher Education for entry into the Student Unit Record Data System database. Note that public meetings of the full Board of Regents are held only five times each year (usually February, April, June, September and Noivember) and meetings of the University of Affairs Committee are scheduled approximately one month before these meetings.  Proposals that have received campus approval, must be submitted to the VP for Academic Affairs several weeks before the scheduled meeting of the University Affairs Committee.

University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus policy 1XXX outlines the procedure for obtaining approval of the proposal prior to submitting it to the VP for Academic Affairs.  Faculty who wish to submit a proposal for a new degree must work with the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning (Terry Potter) as well as the representative appointed by the campus VC for Administration and Finance (the current designees are Tobin Bliss at the CU Denver and Madeline Sembrat at CU Anschutz) to develop the proposal. Additional apporvals required in order for a proposal to be forwarded to the VP for Academic Affairs include:
  1. Dean of school/college
  2. For graduate degree proposals, the Graduate School dean and campus Graduate Council
  3. For proposals at CU Denver, the Budget Priorities Committee of the Faculty Assembly
  4. Provost/executive vice chancellor for academic and student affairs
  5. Campus Chancellor 

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