Establish New Program
Before You Start
- All CHS programs must complete the Program Alignment process before a new academic program can be proposed. Program Alignment is a process that organizes and categorizes a degree program’s structure and content. Contact the assistant dean of Undergraduate or Graduate Education to check the college Program Alignment progress.
- Proposing a new academic program is at minimum a two to three year process when factoring in time to recruit students.
Documents You'll Need
- Academic Planning Timeline
- Best Practices - Designing New Programs (PDF)
- ASU Catalog Style Guide (PDF)
- CHS Proposal Status List
The process for establishing a new program is briefly outlined below. Access the Academic Program Proposal Guide for full details including College and University governance actions.
Preliminary Steps – Idea Phase
- Discuss idea with stakeholders
- Review Program Alignment data to confirm gap/need for program
- Obtain market analysis
- Submit idea to CHS Curriculum Committee for informal review
Year 1 – Requesting Academic Planning Permission
- Prepare Academic Plan request in consultation with appropriate faculty and college stakeholders
- Develop Assessment Plan (UOEEE)
- Create tentative program outline
- Submit request documents to CHS Curriculum Committee for formal review
Year 2 – Formal Proposal Development
- Create formal proposal in consultation with appropriate faculty and college stakeholders
- Develop any new course syllabi (following process in Establish a New Course)
- Submit formal proposal and all new course syllabi to CHS Curriculum Committee for final review
Year 3 - Program Recruitment and Launch
- Once program receives final approval, begin recruiting 9-12 months in advance of program launch
- Identify degree/program director
- Schedule classes
Comprehensive and up-to-date university resources can be found on the University Curriculum Development webpage.