New Program Review (NPR)

Academic Affairs: Office of Academic Quality:
New Program Review (NPR) Process

The New Program Review (NPR) Process is intended to assess the potential of a  proposed new program for contributing to the University’s Mission, Strategic Plan, and overall array of academic programs. Through the information provided in the NPR process, the NPR Committee assesses the benefits, as well as the costs to the university, of a potential new program. If a new program proposal is assessed to be worthwhile for the university, it will proceed through review and possible approval by the normal University governance processes:  the appropriate Faculty Curriculum Councils, Faculty Senate, and, for degree programs, the Board of Trustees.  That process is likely to require a full academic year (see Council on Undergraduate Education and Council on Graduate Education websites for guidance on review timelines for programs intended to be offered in the next academic year) 

All required proposal forms are hyperlinked via the text below.  

The Office of Academic Quality, your Dean, and your Department Chair can provide input to strengthen the quality of your proposals at both Stage 1 and Stage 2.  

Stage 1: Preliminary Proposal Reviewed

Gallaudet unit interested in proposing a new program will first develop a Stage 1 Preliminary Proposal Form  consisting of background information along with Goals and Rationale. The New Program Preliminary Proposal is submitted to Patricia Hulsebosch, Executive Director of The Office of Academic Quality.  The NPR Committee is made up of the following members:  the Chief Enrollment and Marketing Officer, the University Budget Director, Provost, Senate representative, and the appropriate Dean(s). 

The NPR Committee reviews the Rationale of the Program as well as the Goals of the Program in relation to GU’s Mission and Strategic Plan.

  • The Stage 1 Proposal should be sent as an attachment with an email to Pat Hulsebosch, Executive Director – Office of Academic Quality (Academic Affairs New Program Review Liaison). 
  • If sent by someone other than the Chair of a Department, the proposal must also be copied to the Department Chair of the faculty proposing the program.
  • The Executive Director-OAQ will review the proposal for completeness, and send it on to the NPR Committee if it is complete, and convene an NPR meeting. It not complete the proposal will be returned.
  • The Stage 1 Proposal will typically be reviewed by the NPR Committee within 4-6 weeks.
  • The NPR Committee  will take one of three actions: a) recommend that a Stage 2 proposal be submitted; b) request additional information; or c)  recommend that the proposal not go on to Stage 2,  Typically the NPR committee also provides feedback on the proposal to support continued development through the approval process.  The NPR Committee’s response will be sent to the program proposer and the to Chair of the appropriate department.


Stage 2: Feasibility Study Proposal Review

If it is determined that an idea for a new program warrants further consideration, the unit(s) making the proposal will prepare a Stage 2 Proposal Form and Stage 2 Appendix: Curriculum Matrix .  The Feasibility Study Proposal  asks for background information on the program, along with information that can demonstrate  the internal and external viability, as well as the costs and anticipated revenue, of the program.  Information for new program proposals may come from Enrollment and Marketing, the University Budget Director, and/or the Office of Institutional Research.  

  • The Stage 2 Proposal should be sent as an attachment with an email to Pat Hulsebosch, Executive Director – Office of Academic Quality
  • If sent by someone other than the Chair of a Department, the proposal must also be copied to the Department Chair of the faculty proposing the program.
  • The Executive Director-OAQ will review the proposal for completeness, send it on to the NPR Committee if it is complete, and convene an NPR meeting.  It not complete the proposal will be returned.
  • The Stage 2 Proposal will typically be reviewed by the NPR Committee within 4-6 weeks.
  • The NPR Committee will take one of three actions: a) recommend that a proposal be submitted to the appropriate curriculum council; b) request that additional information be provided and then resubmitted to the NPR Committee; or c) recommend that the proposal not be submitted to a curriculum council.   Typically the NPR committee also provides feedback on the proposal to support continued development through the curriculum approval process.  The NPR Committee’s response will be sent to the program proposer, the Chair of the appropriate department, and, if recommended to go on, the appropriate curriculum council.

For Certificate Programs only:  Notice of Intent to Offer a Gainful Employment Program

Certificate Programs are considered by the Federal Government to fall under the category of programs intended for “Gainful Employment.” As such they must meet federal gainful employment program integrity regulations. These regulations include a requirement that the federal government be notified 90 days before the first day of class of the Intent to Offer a new GE Program.

This notification must include the information to support the institution’s determination of the need for the program, as required by the regulations at 34 CFR 600.20(d)(2), along with other information on the Notice Template.  The federal government will notify Gallaudet University if the program is approved to be offered.

Programs must submit a Notice of Intent to OAQ after NPR recommends that the proposal continue to faculty governance approval, and prior to submitting a proposal to the appropriate curriculum council. 

 
Stage  3.   New Program: 
Governance Review of Full Formal Proposal Development

If the New Program Feasibility Study is approved, the New Program Proposal continues on through the faculty governance system. After the proposing unit prepares a full formal proposal, the proposal is then reviewed at the following levels, following Gallaudet University governance processes:

A.     Academic Affairs – Provost

  • Reviews budget information and signs on the councils’ forms verifying that there are resources available for this program. (This moves from the Dean to Provost since budget is more centralized now and deans have limited authority).

B.   Faculty Curriculum Councils (CUE/CGE) 

  • Evaluate the academic/substantive content of the new program.
  • After a proposal has been approved by the appropriate curriculum council, that Council should notify the Office of Academic Quality of their decision regarding program approval. This enables OAQ/OIR to prepare the appropriate Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) codes for Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS) reporting pending Senate approval.  OIR will then monitor Senate Curriculum decisions for final posting of CIP codes. If the program is a degree program and must be approved by the Board of Trustees, CIP code entry will occur upon BOT approval.    

C.    Faculty Senate Review:  The Faculty Senate reviews all curricular changes and must vote on new program proposals.   The Senate usually accepts the recommendation of its committees, but new questions about a program can be raised on the Senate floor. 

D.   New Program: Board of Trustees (BOT) Vote:   All actions of the Faculty Senate regarding the initiation of new degree programs are recommendations to the President and the Board of Trustees. Timeline: The BOT meets three times a year (October, January, and May).

 



[1] Units preparing a new program proposal may be as varied as a faculty team, a Division or Department,  the  Chief Enrollment and Marketing Officer, or President’s Office.

 

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