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Program Approval Process

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Office of Academic Program Review

The Office of Academic Program Review (APR) is the University's liaison with educational authorities in New York State and other states in obtaining approvals to conduct educational activities either on site or through distance education. Individual schools are responsible for the preparation of required documents, which will be reviewed by APR before submitting them to the appropriate agency. If requested, the Office will also review proposals prior to any required submission to the Undergraduate Program Committee or the Graduate Program Committee. APR works directly with representatives of the Dean's office of the various schools.

To Register New Programs or Program Changes

New programs and requests for program or title changes need whatever individual school approvals are required before being officially sent by the Dean's Office of the particular School to the Office of Academic Program Review for review and submission to the New York State Education Department. (However, the Office of Academic Program Review will review drafts at any point during the internal NYU process.) Please submit two copies of final proposals.

Undergraduate proposals may need to be reviewed by the Undergraduate Program Committee, and proposals for new graduate programs on the master's and doctoral levels also need the approval of the University-wide Graduate Program Committee before they are officially submitted to the Office of Academic Program Review. Dual degree programs based on existing registered programs do not need such approval. Proposals must have the approval of the particular School before being submitted to the UPC or Graduate Program Committee.

The Graduate Program Committee meets four times a year and is chaired by Lauren Benton, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science, and the administrative contact is Dale Rejtmar (88040). The Undergraduate Program Committee will meet five times a year and is chaired by Matthew Santirocco, Senior Vice Provost. The contact person is Ryan Poynter (84429).

Programs involving study abroad will also need approval from the Office of Global Affairs.

After the Office of Academic Program Review reviews a proposal it will be submitted to the New York State Education Department. State approval normally takes one to three months, although program approvals in professional licensure fields may take longer.  

Key Terms:

Program: major or curriculum leading to a degree or credit-bearing certificate. The educational requirements of a program must be registered with the New York State Education Department. The program title of a student's declared major appears on his/her transcript.

Concentration: significant sub-area of a program approved by the New York State Education Department. The title of a student's declared concentration appears on his/her transcript.

Dual Degree Program: combined curriculum, typically with a credit-saving component, that is registered with the New York State Education Department and that results in two awarded degrees. The title of a student's declared dual degree program appears on his/her transcript. The student may be registered in both schools at the same time.

Joint Degree Program: combined curriculum that is registered with the New York State Education Department and for which two or more academic units contribute to the educational requirements that lead to one awarded degree.

State Authorization: State Authorization refers to the regulation of both (1) distance education courses and programs offered to residents of a particular state by an institution based in another state, and (2) various non-distance activities within a particular state by institutions outside of that state. For further information, click here.

 

2014-2015 Graduate Program Committee Calendar:

Fall Meetings 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, submission deadline Friday, September 26, 2014 (6pm)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, submission deadline Friday, November 7, 2014 (6pm)

Spring Meetings 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, submission deadline Friday, January 30, 2015 (6pm)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, submission deadline Friday, April 3, 2015 (6pm)

2014-2015 Undergraduate Program Committee Calendar:

Fall Semester Meeting #1 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 29, 2014, submission deadline Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fall Semester Meeting #2 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014, submission deadline Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Spring Semester Meeting #1 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Thursday, February 5, 2015, submission deadline Thursday, January 22, 2015

Spring Semester Meeting #2 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, 2015, submission deadline Thursday, March 10, 2015

Spring Semester Meeting #3 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015, submission deadline Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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