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The New Program Review (NPR) Process is intended to assess the potential of a proposed new academic 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 proposed new program. If a new program appears to be likely to make a strong contribution to the University while building on the university's strengths; NPR will recommend that it 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 complete 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).
The NPR Committee (NPRC) consists of the following members: a representative from faculty Senate, Deans, the Provost, the Director for Budget and Finance, the Executive Director for UG Admissions and Outreach and the Associate Provost for Student Success and Academic Quality (SSAQ)- ex officio. Before submitting the proposal to the New Program Review Committee, proposals must be reviewed by the appropriate Dean and Department Chair.
The NPRC meets on a rolling basis, often weekly (as needed). NPR review takes place in two stages: 1) Preliminary Proposal Review (Stage 1); 2) Feasibility Study Review (Stage 2). All Proposals must be received at least two weeks prior to the NPRC meeting at which it will be reviewed. Contact the Associate Provost for Student Success and Academic Quality to find out when an NPRC will be scheduled next. The Department Chair, the appropriate Dean, and the Office of Student Success and Academic Quality will provide input to strengthen the quality of proposals prior to their review by the NPRC, at both Stage 1 and Stage 2. All required proposal forms are hyper linked via the text below.
A Gallaudet unit interested in proposing a new program will first develop a Stage 1 Preliminary Proposal. The Stage 1 Proposal consists of background information on the program, along with Goals and Rationale. The NPR Committee reviews the Rationale and Goals of the Program in relation to GU's Mission and Strategic Plan using the criteria in the Stage 1 Review Form.
[*] In keeping with the Program Prioritization Task Force guidelines for reviewing programs, the New Program Review committee reviews majors, minors and certifications that require six or more credit hours of new courses beyond courses that have already been approved by CUE or CGE within a Department. Stand alone minors (i.e., minors that are made up of approved courses from more than one program) must be reviewed by the NPR Committee.
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 demonstrates 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 will be reviewed using the criteria in the Stage 2 Proposal Review Form.
The Stage 2 Proposal will typically be reviewed by the NPR Committee within 4-6 weeks of submission of a complete proposal.
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:
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