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Depending on the type of program, the program approval process may consist of up to two stages: notification of intent (NOI) and full-proposal.

The approval process for the creation of new degree programs (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate) is dictated by local curriculum policies, policies from the Council for Postsecondary education, and certain policies from SACSCOC.

Although the process is common to all NKU colleges, certain steps of the process are modified according to individual college policy for approving programs, e.g. the department curriculum committees or the College Curriculum Committees may have certain internal deadlines and approval processes unique to that particular college.

A department that wishes to propose a new program needs to begin the approval process at least three semesters prior to the expected start date.  Additionally, if the creation of the new program represents a substantive change, per SACSCOC guidelines/policies, the department must include additional time in their planning and approval process.

The necessary forms can be opened using the links below or the links in the left navigation pane:

The following templates must be included in the Full Proposal in addition to the template form above.

A.  Funding Source Template
B.  Budget/Expense Template
C.  CPEs Course Curriculum Excel Template