1. In 1-2 paragraphs describe the key dynamics — institutional mission and internal or external forces —
that stimulated and shaped this proposal.
2. Discuss how this program would help realize Concordia’s Mission and Promise to Students.
Characteristics of the proposed program
1. The full name of the proposed program, the specific degree or the instructional level (if not a degree
program), and the six-digit CIP code of the program. Consult with AVP of Assessment and
Accreditation for CIP codes.
2. The total credit hours for completion of the program:
3. Normal or typical length of time for students to complete the program:
4. The proposed initial date for implementation of the program:
5. The primary target audience for the program (e.g., full-time, part-time, traditional college age,
working adults, transfer students, military personnel, or particular ethnic group)
6. The projected life of the program (limited number of terms or ongoing):
7. Whether the program will be part of a contractual or consortial arrangement (please see chart below).
Identify External Accreditation, Advisory Groups, and/or Key Partnerships Supporting the
If you are planning any involvement by external organizations (other than accredited higher education institutions)
in key operations as identified below, provide the information requested for each planned involvement. (Note that
such involvement by a parent company or by one of its subsidiaries external to the institution in any of these
operations should be reported.)
Type of involvement Name(s) of external
% of Involvement
A. Recruitment and admission
of students
B. Course placement and advising
of students
C. Design and oversight of
D. Direct instruction and oversight
E. Other support for delivery
of instruction
Institution’s History with Programs
1. Does the institution currently offer a program at the same instructional level and with the same 4-digit CIP
code (XX.XX) as the proposed program? If so, identify the program currently offered and whether it is a
degree program. Will the proposed program replace the program currently offered?
2. Does the institution currently offer two or more programs at the same instructional level with same 2-digit
CIP code (XX.) as the proposed program? If so, identify the two such programs with the highest numbers
of graduates during the past year, along with their numbers of graduates.
Institutional Planning for Program Change
1. Briefly describe the planning process for determining the need for this new program, including the role
of faculty in the planning and approval process.
2. What are the physical facilities and equipment needed to support the program? Indicate the impact that
the proposed change will have on the physical resources and laboratories that currently accommodate
existing programs and services, or identify new laboratory and preceptor needs.
3. What is the evidence that a market for the new program(s) exists? How has estimated program
demand been factored into realistic enrollment projections? How has this evidence been used in
planning and budgeting processes to develop a quality program that can be sustained?
4. If the program request is approved, what future growth do you anticipate (e.g., in the next six months,
three years) and how do you plan to manage this growth?
5. How does this program fit into the current and expected financial picture of the institution? In particular,
will the program be financially self-sufficient within three years? If not, when do you expect the
program to be financially self-sufficient and how do you expect the program to operate until then?
6. What controls are in place to ensure that the information presented to students in advertising,
brochures, and other communications will be accurate?
For example:
Program Cost Model
Academic Year
13/14 14/15 15/16 16/17 17/18
Number of Students 15 30 40 40 40
Credits Generated – 8 per semester:
Fall 120 240 320 320 320
Spring 120 240 320 320 320
Summer 120 240 320 320 320
Cost per credit $460 $470 $480 $490 $500
Total Revenue $165,60
Salaries $50,000 $80,000 $150,00
Other expenses $50,000 $70,000 $90,000 $110,00
Total Expenses $100,00
Profit/(Loss) $65,600 $198,40
$120400 $80,000
Curriculum and Instructional Design
1. Please list the Program Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes.
2. Please list all the courses that comprise the program. Include course descriptions and number of
credit hours for each.
3. What are the requirements students must fulfill to complete the program successfully (including
specific courses, course options, and any other requirements)? Total number of credits for the
4. For programs using prior learning credit, compressed time frames, online delivery, accelerated formats,
or other innovative approaches to learning, explain how the institution will ensure that student work
and the levels of knowledge and competencies comparable to those required in traditional formats have
been achieved?
Institutional Staffing, Faculty, and Student Support
1. How many and what types (full-time, part-time, adjunct) of faculty will be employed in the program?
Why is the number of full-time faculty members adequate to support the program?
2. What will the impact of the new initiative have on faculty workload?
3. Provide a brief attachment that inventories each faculty member employed to teach in the program,
including names of existing personnel, a description of each faculty member’s academic
qualifications, their prior instructional responsibility and other experiences relevant to the courses
they will teach in the program in question, each faculty member’s course load in the new program,
and the course work each teaches in other programs currently offered.
4. Document scholarship and research capability of each faculty member; for doctoral programs,
document faculty experience in directing student research.
5. What library and information resources—general as well as specific to the program(s)—and staffing
and services are in place to support the initiative? If the proposed new program is at the graduate
level, document discipline-specific refereed journals and primary source materials.
The Concordia University Library Technology Center (http://concordia.csp.edu/Library/) is a
member of Cooperating Libraries in Consortium (CLIC http://www.clic.edu/). CLIC consists of
eight member universities that share a common library catalog called CLICnet
(http://clicnet.clic.edu/). CLICnet provides access to nearly 2,000,000 resources in CLIC member
libraries, including books and journals in both print and electronic formats. Twice daily courier
service delivers CLIC resources from library to library.
Reference services are available in person, by phone, email and instant messaging. Online
reference chat is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week as the library is a member of AskMN, a
24/7 online reference chat cooperative (http://askmn.org/). In addition to in-person bibliographic
and research instruction, the reference staff utilizes WebEx for instruction to online courses.
The Concordia University Library Technology Center currently subscribes to numerous databases
that would support a xxxxxxxxx program. These database subscriptions include:
In addition to the books available through CLICnet, the Concordia University Library Technology
Center also has subscriptions to the following ebook collections: Ebrary; eBooks on EBSCOhost;
NCBI Bookshelf; and Credo Reference.
In addition to the many full-text journals available through our database subscriptions, the
Concordia University Library Technology Center subscribes to the following journals: (Include
relevant journals)
For those journals and books that we do not have in our collection, the Library Technology Center
offers an interlibrary loan service (ILLiad) to our students, staff and faculty.
1. Describe the process for monitoring, evaluating, and improving the overall effectiveness and quality of
the program.
2. Describe the process for assessing and improving student learning, including student persistence
and completion, in the new program.
Sign Offs, along with supportive statements by:
Each step should include a copy of meeting minutes or written statement endorsing the graduate program.
Calendar Step in process Completi
on Date
Statement or
Program Proposers
College Graduate Faculty & Collegiate Dean
Graduate Admissions: Assoc VP Cohort Enroll Mgmt
Associate Vice President for Assessment
And Accreditation
Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Senior Vice President
Graduate Council
Report to Faculty Senate
Concordia University System

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