Program Approval

Program Review and Approval Procedures

Idaho Code 33-101 provides that the State Board of Education has constitutional general supervision and governance of public postsecondary institutions.

The Board approves all new academic and professional-technical education programs for all public Idaho institutions consistent with Board Policy III.G. Institutions proposing new academic or professional-technical programs, instructional units, majors, options, emphases, and minors or changes, additions, expansions, consolidations, or discontinuations to existing programs must complete a Program Proposal Form and submit to the Board’s Chief Academic Officer using the online Institution Program Database System. Each institution has a designated representative responsible for the submission of proposals to the system.

There are three Program Proposal Forms institutions shall use for new programs and requests to discontinue programs.

  • The Baccalaureate Program Proposal Form: used to request a new bachelor’s program and to discontinue, expand, or consolidate an existing bachelor’s program.

Word Document Baccalaureate Proposal Form | Excel Document Budget Form

  • The Graduate and Doctorate Program Proposal Form: used to request a new graduate or doctorate program and to discontinue, expand, or consolidate an existing graduate or doctorate program.

Word Document Graduate/Doctorate Proposal Form | Excel Document Budget Form

  • The Other Academic Program Activity and Professional-Technical Education (PTE) Proposal Form: used to create a new option, emphasis, minor, certificate, or instructional/research unit, as well as to discontinue, expand, or consolidate an existing program. A Scope and Sequence, PTE Form Attachment B, is still required for professional-technical education requests.

Word Document Other Academic Program Activity & PTE Form | Excel Document Budget Form - Other/PTE

Faculty is required to work through their respective internal review processes consistent with their institutional policies prior to the submission of any proposal to the Board office.

Each Program Proposal submitted to the Board office is assessed a 30-day review period, which allows sister institutions an opportunity toreview and compare the proposed program or changes with their existing programs. Consistent with Board Policy III.G, once a Program Proposal has gone through the full review process, the Board’s Chief Academic Officer determines whether CAAP recommendation is required and whether the proposal will require the Board or Executive Director approval. For PTE programs, the State Administrator will review to determine if CAAP recommendation is required. Graduate and doctorate programs, regardless of fiscal impact or source of funds, require Board approval. Once approval has been granted, the Board office forwards notification of approval to the Provost’s office of the respective institution  

Please refer to Idaho State Board of Education Governing Policies and Procedures PDF Document Section III.G. Program Approval and Discontinuance.


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