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New Major/Degree Program Process

The process by which new degree programs/majors are created is governed by Florida Board of Governors regulation and UNF policy. Each year, UNF includes a rolling two-year list of programs under consideration in its annual University Accountability Report submitted to the Florida Board of Governors. The two-year list represents new programs for consideration during the upcoming academic year and one year beyond. Before a new degree program proposal can be submitted, the potential degree program must be included in the University Accountability Report, Academic Program Coordination section (refer to Resources in Right menu).

UNF’s policy outlines a five-phase process for the development and implementation of new degree / major programs. Spanning a little over two academic years, these five phases are designed to assure alignment with institutional and state priorities and resources. The first phase focuses on the Request to Plan (RTP) process. Phase two through four focus on proposal development and approval via faculty governance, university administration, and Board of Trustee curriculum processes. The last phase focuses on program implementation.

New Major Degree Program Phases