The UNC Policy Manual

Appendix C: University of North Carolina Request for Authorization to Establish a New Degree Program


The UNC Policy Manual
Adopted 05/23/12[1]





INSTRUCTIONS: Each proposal should include a 2-3 page executive summary. The signature of the Chancellor is required. Please submit one hard copy and an electronic copy of the proposal to the Office of the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at UNC General Administration.

Date: _______________________


Constituent Institution: _________________________________________________________________________


CIP Discipline Specialty Title: _________________________________________________________________________


CIP Discipline Specialty Number: __________ Level: B ______ M ______ 1st Prof ______ D ______


Exact Title of the Proposed Degree: _________________________________________________________________________


Exact Degree Abbreviation (e.g. B.S., B.A., M.A., M.S., Ed.D., Ph.D.): __________________________


Does the proposed program constitute a substantive change as defined by SACS?     Yes _____ No _____


The current SACS Substantive Change Policy Statement may be viewed at:

If yes, please briefly explain.

Proposed date to establish degree program:            Month _______________ Year _______________

Are there plans to offer all or a portion of this program to students off-campus or online?                                                                                                       Yes _____ No _____


If yes, complete the form to be used to request establishment of a distance education program and submit it along with this request.

Note: If a degree program has not been approved by the Board of Governors, its approval for alternative, online, or distance delivery must wait until BOG program approval is received. (400.1.1[R], page 3)


                A.            Describe the proposed degree program (i.e., its nature, scope, and intended audience).

                B.            List the educational objectives of the program.

C.            Describe the relationship of the program to other programs currently offered at the proposing institution, including the common use of:

                1.             Courses

                2.            Faculty

                3.            Facilities, and

                4.            Other resources

D.           Identify opportunities for collaboration with institutions offering related degrees and discuss what steps have or will be taken to actively pursue those opportunities where appropriate and advantageous.



                A.            Describe the proposed program as it relates to:

                                1.             Institutional mission

                                2.            Strategic plan

                                3.            Responsiveness to local, regional, or statewide needs

4.            Student demand. Discuss the extent to which students will be drawn from a pool of students not previously served by the institution

5.     Employment opportunities.  Document need for proposed degree recipients in the region, the state, or nationally

B.           Discuss potential program duplication, program competitiveness, and opportunities for collaboration in the delivery of the program


1.             Identify similar programs offered by public and private universities elsewhere in North Carolina.  Indicate how the proposed new degree program differs from other programs like it within UNC. If the program duplicates other UNC  programs, explain:

             a.            Why the proposed program is necessary or justified, and

b.           How all or portions of the curriculum might be offered collaboratively with another UNC institution.

2.            If the program is a graduate or first professional degree, compare it with other similar programs in public and private universities in North Carolina, in the region, and in the nation.  Where appropriate, describe how all licensure or professional accreditation standards will be met, including required practica, internships, and supervised clinical experiences.

C.            Enrollment (baccalaureate programs should include only upper division majors, that is, juniors and seniors).

Headcount enrollment

Show a four-year history of enrollments and degrees awarded in similar programs offered at other UNC institutions (using the format below for each institution with a similar program); indicate which of these institutions you consulted regarding their experience with student demand and job placement. Indicate how their experiences influenced your enrollment projections.

Institution: _____________________________________________________________

Program Title: _____________________________________________________________
















Please indicate the anticipated first year and fourth year steady-state enrollment (head count) for the proposed program.

Year 1:                   Full Time ________      Part-time ________     Total ________

Year 4:                  Full-time ________       Part-time ________     Total ________



A.            Program Planning

1.        List the names of institutions with similar offerings regarded as high quality programs by the developers of the proposed program.

2.            List institutions visited or consulted in developing this proposal. Also discuss or append any consultants' reports or committee findings generated in planning the proposed program.

B.            Admission. List the following:

                1.             Admissions requirements for proposed program (indicate minimum requirements             and general requirements).

2.            Documents to be submitted for admission (listing or attach sample).

C.            Degree requirements. List the following:

                1.             Total hours required. State requirements for Major, Minor, General Education, etc.

               2.            Other requirements (e.g. residence, comprehensive exams, thesis, dissertation, clinical or field experience, "second major," etc.).

                For graduate programs only, please also list the following:

               3.            Proportion of courses open only to graduate students to be required in program

                4.            Grades required

                5.            Amount of transfer credit accepted

                6.            Language and/or research requirements

                7.            Any time limits for completion

D.           For all programs, list existing courses by title and number and indicate (*) those that are required. Include an explanation of numbering system. List (under a heading marked "new") and describe new courses proposed.


IV.          FACULTY

A.            (For undergraduate and Master’s programs) List the names, ranks and home department of faculty members who will be directly involved in the proposed program. The official roster forms approved by SACS may be submitted.  For Master’s programs, state or attach the criteria that faculty must meet in order to be eligible to teach graduate level courses at your institution.


B.            (For doctoral programs) List the names, ranks, and home department of each faculty member who will be directly involved in the proposed program. The official roster forms          approved by SACS may be submitted.  Provide complete information on each faculty     member’s education, teaching and research experience, research funding, publications,    and experience directing student research including the number of theses and dissertations directed.

C.            Estimate the need for new faculty for the proposed program over the first four years. If the teaching responsibilities for the proposed program will be absorbed in part or in whole by  the present faculty, explain how this will be done without weakening existing programs.

D.           Explain how the program will affect faculty activity, including course load, public service activity, and scholarly research.



V.            LIBRARY

A.            Provide a statement as to the adequacy of present library holdings for the proposed program to support the instructional and research needs of this program.

B.            State how the library will be improved to meet new program requirements for the next four years. The explanation should discuss the need for books, periodicals, reference material, primary source material, etc.  What additional library support must be added to areas supporting the proposed program?

              C.            Discuss the use of other institutional libraries.



                A.            Describe facilities available for the proposed program.

                B.            Describe the effect of this new program on existing facilities and indicate whether they will  be adequate, both at the commencement of the program and during the next decade.

                C.            Describe information technology and services available for the proposed program

                D.           Describe the effect of this new program on existing information technology and services and indicate whether they will be adequate, both at the commencement of the program and during the next decade.



                Describe how the proposed program will be administered, giving the responsibilities of each  department, division, school, or college. Explain any inter-departmental or inter-unit  administrative plans. Include an organizational chart showing the "location" of the proposed new program.



  A.        Indicate the names of all accrediting agencies normally concerned with  programs similar  to the one proposed. Describe plans to request professional accreditation.

                 B.           If the new degree program meets the SACS definition for a substantive change, what campus actions need to be completed by what date in order to ensure that the substantive change is reported to SACS on time?

            C.            If recipients of the proposed degree will require licensure to practice,

                  explain how program curricula and title are aligned with requirements to “sit”   for the licensure exam.



Are other subject-matter fields at the proposing institution necessary or valuable in support of the proposed program? Is there needed improvement or expansion of these fields? To what extent will such improvement or expansion be necessary for the proposed program?



Include any additional information deemed pertinent to the review of this new degree program proposal.


XI.          BUDGET

                Based upon your responses in previous sections, provide estimates of the incremental continuing and one-time costs required to implement the proposed program.

A.                  Estimates should be provided for the first and fourth years of the program in the following broad categories and be inclusive of applicable employee fringe benefit costs:

1.        New Faculty and Instructional Support Staff (including Library)

2.        New Non-Academic Administrative Support Positions

3.      Recurring Operational Expenses (e.g., supplies, materials, telephone, travel, insurance, library or software subscriptions, equipment maintenance, etc.)

4.        One-time expenses for facilities renovations or additions, equipment purchases,  library materials, etc.

B.            Based on the campus’ estimate of available existing resources or expected non-state financial resources that will support the proposed program (e.g., federal support, private sources, tuition revenue, etc), will the campus:

1.   Seek enrollment increase funds or other additional state appropriations (both one-time and recurring) to implement and sustain the proposed program? If so, please  elaborate.

2.         Require differential tuition supplements or program-specific fees? If so, please  elaborate. 

           a.         State the amount of tuition differential or program-specific fees that will be requested.

        b.      Describe specifically how the campus will spend the revenues generated.

          c.      Does the campus request the tuition differential or program-specific fees be approved by the Board of Governors prior to the next Tuition and Fee  cycle?

C.            If additional enrollment increase funding or other state appropriations elaborated above  are not forthcoming, can the program still be implemented and sustained and, if so, how will that be accomplished? Please elaborate.




                All new degree program proposals must include an evaluation plan which includes:

A.            Criteria to be used to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of the program, including academic program student learning outcomes.

B.            Measures (metrics) to be used to evaluate the program (include enrollments, number of  graduates, and student success).

C.            The plan and schedule to evaluate the proposed new degree program prior to the completion of its fourth year of operation.



Institutions will be expected to report on new program productivity as a part of the biennial low productivity program review process.


This proposal to establish a new degree program has been reviewed and approved by the appropriate campus committees and authorities.


Chancellor: ________________________________________Date:___________________