Academic Planning Council Program Procedures

Original Policy Source APPM Section III Item 15
Policy Approval Authority University Council
Primary Audience Faculty
Status Active
Effective Adoption Date 03-28-1994
Last Review Date 11-12-2009
Policy Category/Categories Faculty & Academics

In addition to program review documents and mission statements, the Academic Planning Council reviews proposals for new programs. New program proposals may include a request for associated funding. The following schedule applies:

New Degree Program Requests

New degree programs require the approval of the appropriate campus curricular bodies, the Academic Planning Committee (APC), the Board of Trustees (BoT), and the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). In reviewing a new program proposal, it is the responsibility of the APC to assess programmatic fit within the university's mission and its planning priorities and to evaluate rationale, student demand, statewide need, faculty and staff coverage, and adequacy of existing resources. The APC review will take place after the program request has gone through the full campus curricular approval process.

New program proposals which include funding requests must be submitted to the President's Office through the Provost, then they must be reviewed by the APC and the Board of Trustees. New program requests approved by the Board of Trustees are forwarded to the Illinois Board of Higher Education; any associated budgetary request will be considered along with all other budgetary requests. Since additional funding will in some cases have to be assured before a new degree program can be fully developed, the implementation of new program proposals which include funding requests may be contingent on approval of the funding.

New program proposals without associated funding requests must be submitted to the Board of Trustees following their approval by all necessary on-campus bodies so that the new program proposals can be submitted to the IBHE.

Approved by Academic Planning Council, March 28, 1994
Editorial modifications, June 5, 1997, November 12, 2009

Last Updated: 11/12/09

Editorial modification: October 16, 2017

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