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Approval and Registration Process

Program proposals usually originate with faculty members who work closely with appropriate administrators (e.g., department chairs, center directors, deans, etc.) to assess planning and resource implications of the proposed program.  The relevant faculty group should review and approve the program before it is sent forward within the university for approval.  The Office of Institutional Research & Planning (IRP) is available to work with the faculty in developing the proposal.  IRP should be contacted at the earliest stages of program development.

Process Flowchart - 4-2015

 

Note:  Some programs (e.g., those involving a new location or a contractual agreement with another institution) may also require Middle States approval.  For more information, see the University Accreditation website by clicking here.

Program development times vary greatly.  Internal review processes are subject to the meeting schedules of the faculty and university bodies that need to review the proposals.  Some of these bodies may include:

  • General Committee of the Graduate School. The general committee of the graduate school meets monthly during the academic year.
  • Faculty Senate.  The Faculty Senate meets monthly during the academic year.
  • The Provost’s Staff.  Often meets weekly during the semester, but the schedule is subject to change.
  • Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees meets four times during the academic year in October, January, March, and May.

In addition, review at the New York State Education Department can take several months.  Because all of these processes must be completed before a new academic program can be offered to students, it is prudent to consider that it may be a year or even two before a new program can be launched.

Student Grievances

Information on filing complaints with the New York State Department of Education, Office of College and University Evaluation is available at:
http://www.highered.nysed.gov/ocue/spr/COMPLAINTFORMINFO.html .

For More Information

Please contact Kristin Walker at walker@cornell.edu.