Current through Register Vol. XXXIX, No. 11, March 18, 2022
Plan: An institution must express to the chancellor by a statement of intent to
plan a new Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree program at least
120 days prior to the date when the Council considers approval of the new
program. Early consultation allows exploration of such fundamental concerns as
needs analyses, consistency with institutional mission, resource requirements,
and other issues prior to engaging in extensive and detailed planning. Since
community and technical college occupational programs or certificates do not
require external approvals, no intent to plan request should be filed for these
occupational programs or certificates.
The chancellor and staff will review the statement of intent
to plan. Consultants may be used when deemed necessary. Approval of requests to
plan shall be made by the chancellor.
Authorization to plan a new academic program does not,
however, in any way constitute a commitment on the part of the Council to
approve the program at such time as the planning is completed and the program
approval request is submitted. The authorization indicates that the program is
consistent with the mission of the institution. Planning authorization allows
the institution to formulate a proposal for establishment of the new
A request to
develop a plan should indicate the projected date of submission of the full
proposal and the projected date of implementation. It should also include the
6.2.1. A statement describing the
educational objectives, the relationship of the objectives to the mission of
the institution, and any special features or conditions that make the
institution a desirable or unique place to initiate such a program.
6.2.2. A brief description of the
6.2.3. A statement
describing how the institution will assure high quality standards for the
program and maintain a continuing assessment of quality.
6.2.4. A statement listing other institutions
in West Virginia that offer similar programs.
6.2.5. A statement on what societal,
occupational, research, or public service needs will be met, as well as
anticipated student demand for the program.
6.2.6. A statement on what additional
resources will be needed to offer the program.