Curriculum Approvals and Processes

New Degree or Program

Types of Curricular change and Notes:

  • The Dean should consult with the Provost early in the process to discuss alignment of resources and strategic impact.
  • For joint programs, approvals must be obtained from all departments and colleges OBOR must approve a new program prior to advertising or implementation
  • Federal Department of Education takes approximately six months to approve a program. Students cannot receive financial aid for the program until this approval.

 

Estimated Time for Approval (from beginning of process to final approval:

  • 2 years
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Phase 1 of 2: Program Letter of Intent (Must be approved before full proposal is presented)
  Approval body Timelines/Deadlines to notify the Office of the University Registrar of the approval from the final approval body
Letter of Intent
  1. Department/College
  2. College Curriculum Committee
  3. Dean's Office
  4. College Faculty & Dean
  5. Graduate Council
  6. University Curriculum Committee (UCC)
  7. Graduate College forwards proposal to OBOR for approval
No Dates Available

Phase 2 of 2: Full Proposal (after letter of intent)
  approval body Timelines/Deadlines to notify the Office of the University Registrar of the approval from the final approval body
Full Proposal
  1. Department/School
  2. College Curriculum Committee where program is housed
  3. Dean's Office
  4. College & Graduate Council
  5. UCC
  6. Steering
  7. Senate
  8. Provost
  9. President
  10. Board of Trustees
  11. Final OBOR
  12. Senate ( if OBOR makes modifications)
Faculty Senate's first approval (step #6) must be made by the last day of Fall classes to be effective the following Fall. This presupposes that the Board of Trustees and OBOR will approve the full proposal 

Approved by OBOR with no modifications by July 1, implemented Fall semester. 

Approved by OBOR after July 1, Spring implementation

Forms for Letter of Intent and Full approval found at the OBOR website:

Ohio Board of Regents - Regents Advisory Committee on Graduate Study