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Guidelines for Proposals for New Graduate Degree Programs

The UWT Office of Academic Affairs, with support from the UW Graduate School's Office of Academic Affairs and Planning, coordinates the review of new graduate degree proposals. The process for new graduate program review is being revised in conjunction with changes in Tri-Campus Policy, the state-level Interinstitutional Committee for Academic Program Planning, and requirements of the Northwest Commission for Colleges and Universities.  An updated flow chart will be available in early 2019.

The approval process for new graduate degree programs includes submission of two documents: the Planning Notice of Intent (PNOI) and the Full Program Proposal.

New degree programs require Graduate School review, including evaluation by external reviewers, followed by consideration and approval by UWT Academic Policy and Curriculum Committee. Proposals are forwarded to the UW Board of Regents for final approval.

Planning Notice of Intent (PNOI)

The first stage of new program development is submission of the PNOI to the UWT Office of Academic Affairs, who will share it with the UW Graduate School Office of Academic Affairs and Planning. It will also be shared with the UWT APCC as a courtesy and notification of the proposal to come.  This document will be distributed by the Graduate School to UW stakeholders for a 10-day comment period. The outcome of the PNOI process is permission to develop a full program proposal. Guidelines for the PNOI are available in the Planning Notice of Intent .

Full Program Proposal

After receiving “permission to develop”, academic units submit a full proposal, taking into account any observations that stakeholders have submitted during the comment periods. The proposal should indicate confirmation of faculty review and approval of the new program (unit level and director’s/dean's level, if appropriate). Guidelines for New Degree Program Proposals are available in the following documents:

     New Graduate Programs or Graduate Certifficate Full Proposal Format 

     Checklist of Stakeholders for UWT New Program Proposals

     New Program Proposal Cover Sheet