There are three formal steps in proposing a new degree program at UW-Parkside. Each step requires approval through the internal approval process at UW-Parkside. In addition, once internal approval is obtained, the new degree program must obtain approval by the University of Wisconsin System administration office responsible for managing new programs, the Office of Academic, Faculty, and Global Programs.
The three steps in proposing a new program are:
Once a new program is officially implemented, it has to to through a five-year program review process called a Joint Review (PDF) in order to become a permanent academic program at the university.
The University of Wisconsin also provides a flow chart of their process for new program approval.(PDF)
There is an expedited Entitlement to Plan process for any new undergraduate academic program (major) that is currently offered as a sub-major (e.g., track, concentration, emphasis). If your new program was originally a sub-major, you may use the expedited Entitlement to Plan process.
The first step for new programs that were not previously a track, concentration, or emphasis, is the Entitlement to Plan (PDF), which requires that the academic dean, and campus-wide decision making bodies (e.g., the Committee for Academic Planning) determine the relevance, strategic benefit, and feasibility of the proposed new degree program. In order to evaluate the proposed program, a program proposal is needed. The campus-based Deans and faculty approval bodies review the proposal prior to submitting the proposal to the UW-Parkside Provost for review and final approval. The UW-Parkside Provost’s Office then submits the proposed new degree program to the Office of Academic, Faculty, and Global Programsfor UW System approval.
To obtain campus approval, the individual or program interested in starting a new degree program should develop a proposal that includes, as a minimum, answers for the following questions:
Once a proposal is developed, it needs to obtain review and approval by the following individuals/groups prior to going to the Provost's Office for final approval:
After the campus-based administrators and decision-making bodies provide their approval, the proposal is sent to the Provost's Office for final review and approval.
Upon approval by the Provost, the proposal is sent to the Office of Academic, Faculty, and Global Programs for review and approval.
The Associate Vice President for Academic, Faculty, and Global Programs circulates the Entitlement to Plan proposal to all of the UW System campus’ Provosts for comment. Once the circulation of the request to all of the UW System campuses' Provosts is complete, The Associate Vice President for Academic, Faculty, and Global Programs may do any of the following with the Entitlement to Plan request:
If the proposal is denied, the process ends. If the proposal is approved, it enters the next phase, implementation.
Once UW-Parkside receives permission to proceed through the Entitlement to Plan process, the next phase is the Authorization to Implement (PDF) process. The authorization process requires that:
Once Authorization to Implement is received, the program proceeds to the implementation phase.
UW-Parkside is responsible for determining when to implement the program. If the institution does not implement an authorized program within five years of the date of the Board of Regents approval, the Authorization to Implement expires.
The UW-Parkside Provost notifies the Associate Vice President for Academic and Student Services in writing when the program is actually implemented. It is important to maintain accurate records of when the program was implemented because the date of implementation determines when the program is required to go through a mandated Joint Review (PDF).