Current through Register Vol. XXXIX, No. 11, March 18, 2022
Once the institution has received
notification that the Intent to Plan has been approved, an institution may
develop the program proposal. The format of the proposal should follow the
sequence of items as they appear on the following pages. Please respond to each
item if only to indicate that it is not applicable. Information may be
presented in narrative or in outline form or in a combination of the two.
Supporting materials such as charts and tables may be included or attached.
The cover page should include the following:
Name of Institution
Category of Action Required
Title of Degree or Certificate
Effective Date of Proposed Action
Brief Summary Statement
7.2.1. Program Objectives: State the program
objectives so that they can be related to the criteria in the evaluation
Identification: Each proposal shall include an appropriate program
identification as provided in the Classification of Instructional Programs
(CIP) developed and published by the U.S. Department of Education Center for
Program Features: Summarize the important features of the program and include a
full catalog description. This section should contain:
7.2.3.a. Admissions and Performance
Standards: Describe admissions and performance standards and their relationship
to the program objective.
Program Requirements: Describe course requirements (indicating new courses with
asterisks), areas of emphasis or concentrations, credit-hour requirements,
research-tool requirements, examination procedures and other requirements. Also
include field work or similar requirements and any other information that helps
to describe the program of study.
7.2.4. Program Outcomes: Indicate the
expected results of the program and, if this is a proposal for an expanded or
modified program, specify how the proposed change may achieve results different
from those produced by the current program.
Program content. The proposed
educational programs shall be compatible with the institutional mission. The
relationship shall be described in documents provided to the Council.
7.2.5.a. The content and length of the
proposed academic program shall follow practices common to institutions of
higher education. The commonly accepted program length is: 60 semester credits
for associate degrees unless otherwise required by the accrediting
7.2.5.b. All proposed A.A.
and A.S. undergraduate degree programs shall include a coherent general
education component that is consistent with the institution's mission and
appropriate to its educational programs. The undergraduate general education
component shall be documented.
7.2.5.c. The minimum requirement for general
education for all undergraduate programs delivered through the traditional
distributed curricula is 15 semester credits for technical associate's degrees
unless otherwise required by the accrediting agency and 24 semester credits for
transfer associate's degrees such as the Associate in Arts, the Associate in
Science, and the Associate in Fine Arts, unless otherwise required by the
accrediting agency. If the general education component is delivered through
integrated, embedded, interdisciplinary, or other accepted models, institutions
must demonstrate that the program meets minimum requirements equivalent to the
7.2.6. Program Delivery: Describe any
instructional delivery methodologies to be employed such as distance education,
on-line course delivery, weekend course delivery, or compressed time delivery,
etc. Indicate costs associated with distance education or technology-based
need and justification.
7.3.1. Relationship to
Institutional Goals/Objectives: Relate this program to the institution's goals
and objectives and the statewide master plan.
7.3.2. Existing Programs: List similar
programs (and their locations) offered by other institutions (public or
private) in West Virginia. State why additional programs or locations are
7.3.3. Program Planning
and Development: Indicate the history to date of the development and submission
of this program proposal. What resources (e.g., personnel, financial,
equipment) have already been invested in this program? What planning activities
have supported this proposal?
7.3.4. Clientele and Need: Describe the
clientele to be served and state which of their specific needs will be met by
the program. Indicate any special characteristics, such as age, vocation, or
academic background. Indicate manpower needs, interest on the part of industry,
research and other institutions, governmental agencies, or other indicators
justifying the need for the program.
7.3.5. Employment Opportunities: Present a
factual assessment of the employment opportunities that are likely to be
available to program graduates. Include data and references supporting this
assessment. Indicate the types and number of jobs for which such a curriculum
Impact: Describe the impact of this program on other programs that it will
support or that will be supported by it.
7.3.7. Cooperative Arrangements: Describe any
cooperative arrangements (including clinical affiliations, internship
opportunities, personnel exchanges, and equipment sharing) that have been
7.3.8. Alternatives to
Program Development: Describe any alternatives to the development of this
program that have been considered and why they were rejected.
Program implementation and
projected resource requirements.
Program Administration: Describe the administrative organization for the
program and explain what changes, if any, will be required in the institutional
Program Projections: Indicate the planned enrollment growth and development of
the new program during the first five years (FORM 1). If the program will not
be fully developed within five years, indicate the planned size of the program
in terms of degrees and majors or clients served over the years to reach full
development of the program.
Faculty Instructional Requirements: Indicate the number, probable rank,
experience, and cost of faculty required over the five-year period.
7.4.4. Library Resources and Instructional
Materials: Evaluate the adequacy of existing library resources and
instructional materials for the proposed program. Estimate the nature and
probable cost of additional resources necessary to bring the proposed program
to an accreditable level.
Support Service Requirements: Indicate the nature of any additional support
services (e.g., laboratories, computer facilities, equipment, etc.) likely to
be required by the proposed program. Include the expected costs and describe
how such expansions will be incorporated into the institutional budget.
Describe any student support services that will be put in place to enhance
student retention and successful completion for this new program.
7.4.6. Facilities Requirements: Indicate
whether the program will require the addition of new space or facilities or the
remodeling or renovation of existing space. If so, provide a statement
detailing such plans and space needs and their estimated funding requirements.
Describe the impact of this new program on space utilization
Resource Requirements: Using FORM 2, provide a summary of operating resource
requirements by object of expenditure.
7.4.8. Source of Operating Resources:
Indicate the source of operating resource requirements if the service levels
are to reach those projected in FORM 1. Describe any institutional plans to
reallocate resources to the program in each year of the five-year period.
Describe the supplementary resource needs that are beyond the usual or expected
institutional allocations that are derived through the regular budget request
7.5.1. Evaluation Procedures:
Indicate the evaluation or review guidelines, procedures, schedule, and
assessment measures that will be used for this program. Criteria and standards
for program evaluation will vary according to the purpose of the program. The
evaluation should address the viability, adequacy, and necessity of the program
in relation to the mission of the institution. Both qualitative and
quantitative indicators are important. Among the measures may also be the value
of the program to the State and its people, its roles in contributing to human
development, and its social utility in contributing to the further development
of West Virginia.
Accreditation Status: Indicate the accrediting agency for the proposed program,
the schedule for initiating and receiving accreditation, and the costs of each
stage of the process. Attach to the proposal the statement of standards used by
the accrediting agency for such a program and how each accreditation standard
will be addressed within the proposed program.