To develop a new degree proposal and secure the necessary authorizations and approvals, please follow and review each of the four steps below:
Step One: Preliminary Planning Review (PPR)
- Complete the Preliminary Planning Review (PPR) Document. Use the UHS PPR Model Template Document, as a model-template for formatting, headings, subheadings, in the executive summary of the PPR. Note: Please do not venture from this model-template format with respect to headings, subheadings, margins, font style, etc.
- For Sugar Land and proposed changes that are not located on the main campus, complete the THECB form: Certification Form for Electronically Delivered and Off-Campus Education Programs.
- Deliver PPR and the THECB form via interdepartmental mail or hand-deliver the completed PPR (original only) to Daniel Chang, Director for Academic Programs.
- PPR documents that are not in original form will be returned to the academic unit, thus delaying the processing of the request.
- After the original PPR is received by Daniel Chang, Director for Academic Programs, the PPR will be placed the PPR in the Academic Programs Tracking System to ensure that the PPR is tracked throughout the authorization process with weekly updates on the status of the PPR. Note: The weekly updates on the status of all academic programs on the University of Houston campus are e-mailed each Friday to all College Business Administrators.
Step Two: Post-Preliminary Planning Review
- Following Provosts’ Council approval of the PPR, the academic unit is to develop and complete the Full Proposal using the THECB Proposal Template (see THECB Proposal for a Doctoral Program for the Doctoral proposal template and THECB Proposal for a Bachelor's and Master's Degree for the Bachelor’s/Master’s proposal template).
- Submit completed proposal to Daniel Chang, Director for Academic Programs.
Step Three: Full Proposal Review
- The Director for Academic Programs will submit the Full Proposal for review by GPSC and/or UC.
- The GPSC and/or UC recommendation to the Provost may be: (1) Approval with no concerns, (2) Approval - but with minor concerns to be considered by the Provosts’ Council, and (3) Major concerns and a rejection of the academic unit’s proposal to establish the new degree with a listing of the major concerns.
- Following the faculty review by GPSC and/or the UC, the Full Proposal along with the GPSC and/or UC recommendation will be submitted for review by the Provosts’ Council.
- The Provosts’ Council decision to approve or reject the Full Proposal will be informed by the recommendation of the GPSC and/or UC.
- Following approval by the Provosts’ Council, the PPR and the Full Proposal will be returned to the unit with the request that the unit ensure that the PPR and the Full Proposal are aligned with respect to curriculum, staffing and budget content information.
- Following certainty from the academic unit that the PPR and the Full Proposal are aligned, the request to establish the new degree will be presented by the Provost to the UH Board of Regents for approval and authorization to submit new degree proposal to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).
- Once approved by the UH Board of Regents, the full proposal will be submitted to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) for approval. The response from the coordinating board can be: (1) approval with scheduled date of implementation; (2) return to the campus with requested revisions, (3) disapproval.
- Once approved by the THECB, the proposal is forwarded to the Department of Education for a final review and approval for the program to be deemed eligible for students to receive Title IV funding as financial aid. This approval is communicated to the Executive Director of Student Financial Aid.
Step Four: Notification to Dean and Relevant On-Campus Parties
- Following the approval from the Department of Education, Academic Programs will notify and congratulate the Dean of the academic unit that submitted the proposal to establish the new degree.
- The Director for Academic Programs will also ensure that the Dean is supplied (for the record) copies of all signed documents that led to the THECB approval (i.e., the original signed PPR, the THECB Full Proposal, the THECB Certification Form for Electronically Delivered Off-Campus Education Programs, and the THECB approval letter, which comes from the THECB Commissioner).
- Following notification to the Dean, the Director for Academic Programs will notify appropriate on-campus parties (i.e., Institutional Research, Office of the Registrar, Institutional Effectiveness, etc.) to help ensure that the new degree offering is coded appropriately in all UH data systems. These parties will also be provided with (for the record) copies of all signed documents that led to the THECB approval (i.e., the originally signed PPR, the THECB Full Proposal, the THECB Certification Form for Electronically Delivered Off-Campus Education Programs, and the THECB approval letter, which comes from the THECB Commissioner).