New Self-Supporting Program

New Self-Supporting Program

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Development Process Guidelines

The purpose of this document is to give guidance to those interested in developing a self-supporting program for our campus.

Recommended Process to follow is:

  1. Perform Needs assessment.
    • See "Needs Assessment" worksheet for considerations (you may think of others).
    • Document your assessment and information sources

  2. Gather information required and populate Financial Template to determine feasibility of self-support
    • Estimate staffing costs, start-up costs, and continuing program costs, as well as estimated student enrollment and credit load.
    • Plug numbers into the template to calculate estimated tuition rates required in order to self-support.
    • add tuition/fees for competing programs to the template for comparison purposes.
    • Review and evaluate if the program appears to be financially feasible.

  3. If the program appears to be financially feasible, consider how the program would be evaluated once implemented
    • See "Evaluation Planning" worksheet for considerations (you may think of other evaluation measures).
    • Document proposed evaluation processes and criteria.

  4. If, after performing the research and analysis above, there is still a desire to move forward, prepare a detailed new program proposal, using the information collected.

  5. Submit the proposal for review/approval.
    1. Department Chair
    2. Dean
    3. Academic Policy and Program Committee (required per Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook 3.3 Article III, section A.5).
    4. Faculty Senate (required per faculty and Academic Staff Handbook 3.3 Article III, section A.5).
    5. Provost and Vice Chancellor (required per faculty and Academic Staff Handbook 3.3 Article III, section A.5).
    6. Chancellor (required per faculty and Academic Staff Handbook 3.3 Article III, section A.5).
    7. UW System (see http://www.uwsa.edu/acss/planning/guidelines/index.htm#flow_chart1 for entitlement/approval process details)

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