New Degree Programs Process Overview

To assure alignment with institutional and systematic priorities and resources, UNF has implemented a five phase process, spanning a little over two academic years, for the approval and implementation of new degree programs.  Phase one focuses on the Request to Plan process; phase two through four focus on proposal development and approval via faculty governance, university administration, and Board of Trustee curriculum processes; and the last phase focuses on program implementation.


Phase One: Request to Plan

A "Request to Plan" (RTP) is completed within the department and college. The RTP seeks information about the proposed degree program (e.g., goals, need/demand for the program), how it fits within the department's and college's strategic plans, resources that might be needed, etc. The RTP must be submitted by September 1 or February 1 and is submitted to either the Dean of the Graduate School (for graduate programs) or the Dean of Undergraduate Studies (for undergraduate programs). Prior to submission, the department chair and college dean must approve the development of the new degree program. Once reviewed by the Dean of Undergraduate Studies or the Dean of the Graduate School, the proposal is then presented to the Council of Deans for its review and recommendation to the Provost.


Once permission to plan is granted, a degree program is added to the master plan, the degree proposal process must be completed within a three year period. Once the three year limit has been reached the potential program will be removed from the master plan, unless justification for extending the program's inclusion on the master plan is provided.

Phase Two: Development of Full New Degree Proposal

The department chair completes the BOG Request to Offer a New Degree Program and discusses the document with the college dean and either the Dean of Undergraduate Studies (for undergraduate degrees) or Dean of the Graduate School (for graduate degrees). Proposals are accepted once a year September 1 or February 1. After the complete proposal is edited as necessary, the college dean discusses the merits of the proposal along with budget implications with the Provost and the Council of Deans.

Phase Three: Submission to the Institutional Governance Process

The department chair will submit the proposal through the APC Workflow system for review and approval. Provided the proposal is approved, the proposal will be added to the Faculty Association agenda for a vote. If the Faculty Association approves the proposal, it will be sent to the provost. The provost will discuss the proposal with the president.

Phase Four: Submission to the Board of Trustees

If the president approves the degree proposal, the provost and college dean will submit the proposal to the Academic Affairs Committee (AAC) of the Board of Trustees. If the AAC approves the proposal it will be moved forward for review and approval of the full Board of Trustees (BOT). After the BOT approves the proposal, the Florida Board of Governors will be notified. If the degree proposal is for a doctorate program, then it also must receive approval by the Florida Board of Governors.

If necessary, the last step for final approval is the submission of a SACS substantive change prospectus. If substantive change is not required, then the program is ready to begin the implementation phase.

Phase Five: Implementation of the new degree program

To implement a program the department must follow the APC guidelines for implementation of new programs. This normally entails the department chair or designee completing the process via the APC Workflow system. The forms are first submitted to the college curriculum committee and then forwarded through the process outlined on the faculty association web site.