The department/unit planning on delivering a new graduate program prepares a New Program Proposal submission addressing the following matters for assessment. Guidelines for information required, headings and format are given below. The submission is to include an Executive Summary at the beginning of the written proposal and a projected date of program implementation.
Please ensure you review the Proposal Approval Process and the Timeline from proposal stage to implementation for important information on required approvals and how long it will take to implement your new program. (Word Template for Suggesting External Reviewers)
A. Program Description
1. Rationale, objectives and features
I. Clearly state the rationale for the program.
II. Clearly state the objectives of the program.
III. Indicate how the program fits within the research/academic priorities of the unit and faculty/school.
IV. Highlight novel or innovative features of the program.
I. Indicate the extent to which the program responds to current or future needs of Manitoba and/or Canada.
II. What is (are) the particular strength(s) of the program? e.g. this program will be known for its strength in areas A, B and C in the discipline.
III. What will outsiders know the program for in terms of areas of concentration or specialization?
IV. Indicate the extent to which the program extends or uses existing programs at The University of Manitoba as a foundation.
V. Indicate the extent to which the program enhances co-operation among Manitoba's universities.
VI. Indicate the extent to which the program is likely to enhance the national/international reputation of The University of Manitoba.
VII. Indicate where similiar programs are offered in Canada and North America. (Tabular format).
I. Indicate the credential (degree or diploma) to be granted a student on successful completion of the program. Where a new credential is being proposed, provide:
a) Rationale for the name
b) An indication of whether the credential is offered under the same name, similar or different names elsewhere (and if different, state why a new name is chosen)
c) A list of those (individuals, groups, universities, organizations etc.) consulted in arriving at the new name
d) An indication of whether accreditation for the new degree is required by an external body
II. Describe the program under the following headings:
a) Admission requirements
b) Course requirements. Note: if new courses are to be introduced as a result, complete course introduction forms will be required.
c) Evaluation of students procedures.
d) Thesis, practicum or comprehensive procedures and regulations
e) Ability to transfer courses into the program
f) Other procedures and regulations specific to the program, but not covered above - Supplemental Regulations
4. Projections and Implementations
I. Provide a sample program listing for a typical student in the program and a timeline for completion of their studies leading to the credential proposed.
II. Estimate the enrolment for the first 5 years of the program and provide the evidence on which the projection is based.
III. State whether there is an intent to provide some aspects of the program through distance education and if so, how this will be effected.
IV. Provide a schedule for implementation.
B. Human Resources
List all faculty members associated with the program (include adjuncts).
I. For research-based programs (i.e. thesis) indicate their expected association as:
a) Thesis advisors
b) Thesis committee members
c) Course teachers
II. For non-research-based programs (i.e. practicum or comprehensive) indicate their expected association as:
a) Student program advisors
b) Course teachers
Provide an abbreviated* c.v. for thesis advisors and student program advisors. For others, provide only a list (by year) of graduate courses taught over the last 5 years or a rationale for the individual's inclusion in their respective category.
Indicate the extent of participation of thesis advisors listed in I.a) above in other programs and anticipated participation in the proposed program (using relative measures, e.g. 80/20 split program A/program B).
Describe the impact of the proposed program on teaching loads.
2. Support Staff
Indicate the role or participation, if any, of clerical or technical support staff in the delivery or administration of the program.
Indicate the participation in the program, if any, of individuals or groups external to the University of Manitoba and provide a rationale for their participation. List the credentials for each individual/group supporting their involvement.
C. Physical Resources
Describe the physical space in which the students will carry out this program of study and in which this program will be administered. (Classrooms for existing courses are assumed in place and no comment is required, but may be included if desired.)
In addition to the unit's comments on the paragraph above, a 'resource implication' statement is required from the Director of Student Records.
Student offices, study carrels, study/reading rooms, rooms with computer connections (if not included in other space), laboratory space, other research or study space as may be appropriate for the program.
General office, graduate chair office (if applicable).
Instructional equipment needed in delivery of courses/workshops/seminars in the program (projectors, video, computers, etc.)
Major research equipment accessible to graduate students in the program, plans to retire/upgrade equipment or to obtain new equipment over the next 5 years.
In addition to the unit's comments on points I and II above, a 'resource implication' statement is required from the Director of Information Services Technology.
Facilities available to graduate students in the program (laptops, PC's, mainframe, scanners, printers, etc.), and anticipated usage of open areas, facilities reserved for students in the program, availability of a University account for use with email, internet access, etc.
a) Describe existing resources available for use in the program
b) Describe new resources required
A 'resource implication' statement is required from the Director of Libraries, who will address 4. a) and b).
Your unit should comment on the Library statement and any new resources that are required for the program.
D. Financial Resources
1. Delivery Costs
List and describe immediate and projected additional costs involved in running the program.
I. Costs associated with Human Resources implications under the headings B. 1, 2 and 3
II. Costs associated with Physical Resources implications under the above headings B. 1, 2 and 3
III. Costs associated with research not covered above.
For the categories above indicate which costs are to be covered by internal (to unit) reallocation of existing budget(s) and which costs represent need for new funds.
2. Indirect Program Costs
Complete the following spreadsheet as required by the Senate Planning and Priorities Committee (SPPC): Indirect Program Costs
3. Student Support
Indicate how and to what extent support of students is anticipated and indicate what commitment is made for student recruitment.
4. Identification of new financial resources
Indicate any new sources of funds that are anticipated for supporting the program.
5. Balance sheet
Provide a financial statement summarizing the expected costs and the revenue anticipated. Present a financial plan that includes all costs from start-up to achievement of a "steady-state" operation of the program. Include such items as capital start-up needs and phasing in of FTE growth.
E. Supporting documents
Provide letters of support from departments/faculties/units and outside groups/agencies/organizations as appropriate.