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13-0-3 New Curriculum Program Development
TITLE NUMBER APPROVED DATE
NEW CURRICULUM PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT 13 - 0 - 3 8-07-01
 
BASED ON POLICY NUMBER AND TITLE
     


PURPOSE: To provide the guidelines for the development of Associate Degree, Diploma and Certificate program proposals.

  1. RESPONSIBILITIES

    1. Developer of Proposal

      1. The developer, either a faculty member or the Assistant Vice President of Academic Programs, structures a Task Force or Ad Hoc Advisory Committee as noted below for proposal development in whatever manner will best accomplish the desired objectives. Faculty from the divisions with courses included in the proposal should be involved in proposal development activities.  Program development should be based on South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (CHE) and State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education (SBTCE) guidelines.
      2. The developer submits a draft of the proposal for review by the Assistant Vice President of Academic Programs.
      3. The Assistant Vice President of Academic Programs reviews the proposal to ensure it meets CHE and SBTCE guidelines.
      4. The Assistant Vice President of Academic Programs submits the revised proposal to the Curriculum Committee.
    2. Curriculum Committee
      The Curriculum Committee reviews the program proposal and submits recommendations to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. During the review the committee should consider the following:

      1. Relevance of program objectives to business/industry needs
      2. Relevance of course content to program objectives
      3. Appropriateness of course sequencing and prerequisites
      4. Impact on other TTC programs and departments
      5. Appropriateness of admission criteria
  2. PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT

    1. General

      1. Task Force or Advisory Committee: A Task Force or an Ad Hoc Advisory Committee, approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, will be formed by the proposal developer to advise during the proposal development process. An existing Advisory Committee may also be used.
      2. Needs Assessment: The needs assessment will vary depending on the program objectives. For example, if the program is designed to provide entry-level skills, then it will be necessary to demonstrate that there are jobs available for those skills. If, on the other hand, the program is designed to upgrade the skills of persons already employed, it may be sufficient to demonstrate that the level of interest in the program is adequate to provide a sufficient number of students to justify offering the program. The first step in needs assessment is to contact the Assistant Vice President of Academic Programs to obtain a copy of the SBTCE guidelines for conducting a needs assessment.
    2. Certificate Program

      1. After discussing the concept for a new program with the Assistant Vice President of Academic Programs, the developer works with Institutional Research to conduct a needs assessment to establish regional need for prospective graduates, if appropriate.
      2. Proposal: The proposal for the certificate program will be in the same format as a full proposal (i.e. for an Associate or Diploma program), but on a smaller scale. The proposal must include program objectives, curriculum, facilities, equipment, personnel, and a justification for program based on need.
      3. Program Length: Certificate programs require a minimum of eight semester hour credits but will not exceed forty semester hour credits as outlined in SBTCE Procedure #3-1-101.1, Structure of Associate Degree, Diploma, and Certificate Programs.
      4. Curriculum: It should be demonstrated that each course contributes directly to the objectives. Existing courses in the Institutional or the SBTCE Catalog of Approved Semester Courses (CASC) may be used or the developer may create new courses to be added to the State CASC by the Assistant Vice President. Non-credit courses should not be a part of the proposed curriculum.
      5. Admissions: The manner in which applicants for admission to the program will be evaluated and qualified should be defined. This may include interview by the Program Coordinator or other designated person, established College admissions procedures, or other procedures as may be appropriate.
      6. Cost Analysis: A summary of costs to include new faculty, equipment, learning resources and facilities should be provided; anticipated revenues should also be indicated as appropriate.
      7. Institutional Approval:

        1. The Developer submits a copy of the proposal to the Assistant Vice President of Academic Programs.
        2. After review, the Assistant Vice President of Academic Programs requests that the Curriculum Committee review and make recommendations concerning the proposal.
        3. The Curriculum Committee recommends approval or disapproval of the proposal to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
        4. Upon approval, the Vice President for Academic Affairs presents the proposal to the President.
        5. Upon approval, the President submits the proposal to the Area Commission for approval.
        6. The Assistant Vice President of Academic Programs sends the program to SBTCE for assignment of curriculum code and CIP code.
        7. The SACS institutional liaison sends notification of the program to SACSCOC for inclusion in the scope of TTC’s accreditation.
        8. The office of Financial Aid submits the program for VA and federal financial aid.
    3. Associate Degree and Diploma Programs

      1. After discussing the concept for a new program with the Assistant Vice President of Academic Programs, the developer works with Institutional Research to conduct a needs assessment to establish regional need for prospective graduates.
      2. Planning Summary: The Assistant Vice President of Academic Programs discusses the program concept with appropriate SBTCE personnel as needed. The Assistant Vice President prepares a Planning Summary if the proposal is for a new associate degree program.  The Assistant Vice President works with the program developer and with State Tech System staff to ensure that the proposal follows appropriate SBTCE and CHE guidelines and timetables.
      3. CHE Advisory Committee on Academic Programs: The CHE Advisory Committee on Academic Programs reviews the Planning Summary and recommends approval or disapproval of the proposed program.
      4. Proposal Development: Following approval of the Planning Summary, a proposal is developed. The development of the proposal will follow CHE and SBTCE program development guidelines.
      5. Proposal Content: Each proposal must contain the following elements as described in the CHE Policy and Procedures Concerning New Programs Manual: cover page; classification; justification; enrollment; curriculum; faculty; physical plant; equipment; library resources; accreditation, approval, licensure, or certification; estimated cost; and institutional approval.
      6. Institutional Approval:

        1. The Developer submits a copy of the proposal to the Assistant Vice President of Academic Programs.
        2. After review, the Assistant Vice President of Academic Programs requests that the Curriculum Committee review and make recommendations concerning the proposal.
        3. The Curriculum Committee recommends approval or disapproval of the proposal to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
        4. Upon approval, the Vice President for Academic Affairs presents the proposal to the President.
        5. Upon approval, the President submits the proposal to the Area Commission for approval.
        6. On approval of the Area Commission, the Assistant Vice President of Academic Programs submits the proposal to SBTCE, Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
      7. SBTCE and CHE Approval: The SBTCE and CHE approval processes, with time lines, is contained in the CHE Policy and Procedures Concerning New Programs Manual.

Updated November 6, 2007
Updated January 30, 2013
 

 

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