Proposing New Programs

OHSU follows the Statewide Provost's Council Program Approval Process that is required of all member universities pursuing approval of new academic programs.

Prior to offering a new academic program, sponsoring faculty must draft and successfully advance the proposal through the OHSU review process. This process may take up to 18 months to complete.

Step one in the process of proposing a new academic program is to notify the Office of Academic Programs, Policy & Accreditation (APPA) of planning intent. Once the APPA has been notified, the request will be distributed to OHSU stakeholders for comment. At the end of the comment period, programs will be notified and if successful, granted permission to develop a full proposal.

IMPORTANT: A department may not advertise or recruit students for a program until it has successfully passed through all of the required internal and external review and approval processes. (Reference Policy 02-50-020, Marketing New Programs)


Category I New Program 

Category I New Location

Category I Curriculum Format

Category I Faculty Data

Category I Budget Outline

HECC External Review Requirements for Graduate Programs

Overview of Program Approval Process

Each school has a process for reviewing proposed new academic programs and changes to existing programs. Following the school level process, the proposal is submitted to the Office of Academic Programs, Policy &Accreditation (APPA). The addition of new academic degrees and certificates is the purview of the OHSU Faculty Senate, and the APPA forwards all proposals for their review and approval. The proposal must receive the full endorsement of the Faculty Senate before it is advanced to the state-level process.

Following faculty senate approval, all new programs must undergo an External Review to ensure the quality and effectiveness of the proposed offering. Once the External Review has been conducted, the Provost or designee notifies the Statewide Provost's Council of the intention to forward a proposal for a new academic program. Upon the endorsement of the Statewide Provost's Council, the proposal is submitted to NWCCU for notification and final approval.

NOTE: occasionally, substantive change to an existing program may require an external review and/or notification to the Statewide Provost's Council and NWCCU. For more information see the Approval Process Flowchart .