New Degree and Certificate Proposals

 

As of 8/1/2014, new degree and certificate proposals should be emailed directly to ian.macgillivray@dhe.state.co.us, Director of Academic Affairs, 303-866-3846. Please send the following information:

 

For Degrees:

  • Program name
  • Degree level (i.e., Bachelor’s, Master’s, and etc.) and type of award (i.e., B.A., M.S., and etc.)
  • CIP code
  • Date of approval by governing board
  • Number of credit hours
  • Offered as 100% distance/online only?
  • For undergraduate degrees only: Fit with gtPathways and 120 credit cap or justification why gtPathways and 120 credit cap requirements should be waived
  • Brief overview of proposed program
  • Brief statement of evidence of need
  • Brief statement of duplication/similar programs in the state 

 

For Certificates:

  • Program name
  • Certificate level. Choose one of the following IPEDS definitions:
    • 01 - Level 1 (undergraduate, 29 credits or less)
    • 02 - Level 2 (undergraduate, 30-59 credits)
    • 03 - Level 3 (undergraduate, between 2-4 years)
    • 04 - Postbaccalaureate (equivalent to 18 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor's. It is designed for persons who have completed a baccalaureate degree, but does not meet the requirements of a master’s degree.)
    • 05 - Post-master's (equivalent to 24 semester credit hours beyond the master's degree, but does not meet the requirements of a doctoral degree.)
  • Date of approval by governing board
  • Number of credit hours
  • Offered as 100% distance/online only?

 

Notes:

  • Educator preparation programs are reviewed for additional criteria, as defined in §23-1-121, C.R.S.;
  • Baccalaureate degrees at Colorado Mountain College are reviewed for additional criteria, as defined in §23-71-133, C.R.S.;
  • Bachelor of applied science degrees within the Colorado Community College System are reviewed for additional criteria, as defined in §23-1-133(1), C.R.S.;
  • Bachelor of applied science degrees at Aims Community College are reviewed for additional criteria, as defined in §23-1-133(2), C.R.S.; and
  • Baccalaureate degrees at Colorado State University – Global Campus are reviewed for additional criteria, as defined in §23-31.3-101(2).

 

For additional Information see:

 

The Colorado Commission on Higher Education is authorized to approve academic degree programs to ensure consistency with the institution’s statutory role and mission [23-5-129(6)(b), C.R.S.] and to approve educator preparation programs to ensure they meet certain performance measures [23-1-121(2), C.R.S.].