Proposals for new graduate degree programs require review by Education and Advanced Learning, Advanced Learning Division (ALD) prior to final approval by the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic). The unit proposing the new program should review the below for information on the program approval process as well as for instructions on accessing the documentation required to forward a program proposal.
Note that all new graduate program proposals must initially be discussed with the Vice-Provost (Graduate Education) & Dean of Graduate Studies. Please contact Todd Mondor, Vice-Provost (Graduate Education) & Dean of Graduate Studies or Andrea Kailer, Programs Coordinator, for more information. Consultation may be required with the Vice-Provost (Integrated Planning and Academic Programs) after meeting with the Vice-Provost (Graduate Education) & Dean of Graduate Studies.
Stage 1: Preliminary Proposal and Statement of Intent
Stage 1 involves the drafting of a brief (one page) Statement of Intent (SOI) outlining the proposed program as well as gathering preliminary community feedback on the proposed program. It should involve broad consultation with the home faculty and other interested/affected parties (i.e. professional, business, community, and student groups). The academic unit proposing the program should meet informally with the Vice-Provost (Graduate Education) & Dean of Graduate Studies to discuss the proposal process and timeline. Informal discussions at this stage may also involve the Vice-Provost (Integrated Planning & Academic Programs) and ALD, as directed through the Provost's Office, as well as with Ms Cassandra Davidson, Academic Programs Specialist. Ms Davidson will advise about the proposal’s tuition implications.
The SOI should provide a brief description of the program and its purpose as well as outline any consultation completed to date. The SOI must be signed by the relevant budget dean.
Following these discussion(s), the unit will be provided with the current application template for a new program of study and all other relevant supporting materials.
Stage 2: Application for a New Program of Study
Stage 2 involves a formal Application for a New Program of Study (APS) developed by the proposing academic unit and then considered by the appropriate levels of governance.
Stage 3: Final Approval and Program Implementation
Final approval to proceed with the implementation of a new program rests with the Provost. Subject to approval, the relevant dean(s)/director(s) will receive a formal notification addressing implementation, subsequent review/reporting requirements, and budgetary information. In the event that approval to proceed has been provided without a funding allocation, the Provost will meet with the relevant dean(s)/director(s) to review the viability of program implementation. Note that ALD will require progress reports on program implementation as part of their annual estimates process for two (2) years post-approval; these reports will be requested annually by the Vice-Provost (Integrated Planning and Academic Programs).
1The letter of submission from the Vice-Provost (Integrated Planning and Academic Programs) will be carbon copied to the President, the University Secretary, the Registrar's Office, the Vice-Provost (Graduate Education) & Dean of Graduate Studies, the dean/director of the submitting Faculty/College/School and the Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Analysis.
Faculty of Graduate Studies
Dr. Todd Mondor, Vice-Provost (Graduate Education) & Dean of Graduate Studies
Ms. Andrea Kailer, Programs Coordinator, 204-474-7298
Faculty of Graduate Studies Committee Meeting Schedule:
Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
David Collins, Vice-Provost (Integrated Planning and Academic Programs)
Cassandra Davidson, Academic Programs Specialist, 204-474-7847
Office of the University Secretary
Shannon Coyston, Academic Specialist, 204-474-6892
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