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Office of Academic Resources & Services

Office of Academic Planning

New Academic Program Development

The university follows Regent Policy 4-J, “Interim Policy and Procedures for Approving New Degree Program Proposals” in developing new degrees.  Be sure to follow this policy.  Early in the process:

  • inform your dean (or the appropriate person in the dean’s office) of your plans and begin building support.  The dean must include these plans in the annual Academic Planning and Program Review Report submitted to CU’s System Office annually in July.
  • contact the associate vice chancellor for academic affairs located in the Office of Academic Resources and Services (Marguerite Childs) and the budget officer (Jonathan Lurie) to arrange a meeting for orientation to the approval process.


Approval Steps:

  1. Dean of school/college
  2. For graduate degree proposals, the Graduate School dean and campus Graduate Council
  3. Provost/vice chancellor for academic and student affairs
  4. Chancellor
  5. Associate vice president and academic affairs officer (Kathleen Bollard), who will transmit the degree proposal to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) for review, focusing on consistency with the institution’s role and mission
  6. Regents
  7. Colorado Department of Higher Education, CCHE, which will assign CIP code


Here are some recently approved new degree proposals to be used as guides:

View the list of degrees approved for the university by the Colorado Department of Education

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