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#3. Consultation with NYSED

  • Doctoral program proposals require early consultation with the New York State Education Department.  This consultation is coordinated through the Sr. Associate Provost. A site visit by at least two (2) nationally recognized external field experts from outside New York State, selected by the Institution in consultation with the NYSED Office of College and University Evaluation is required.
  • Contact the Office of RIT’s Senior Associate Provost to discuss requirements and processes for external field expert selection as early in the process as possible.
  • It is expected that the proposed external reviewers are recognized experts in the field of the program, as demonstrated by appropriate educational credentials, professional experience and academic teaching and/or administrative experience in similar programs.
  • The proposed external reviewer must not have a conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest with the institution or program under review. There is a conflict of interest when the potential reviewer:
    • Is a present or former employee, student, member of the governing board, owner or shareholder of, or consultant to the institution that is seeking institutional accreditation from the Board of Regents; this includes those persons who may have consulted or helped develop the proposed program.
    • Is a spouse, parent, child or sibling of an individual or person listed above;
    • Has expressed an opinion for or against the proposed program;
    • Is seeking or being sought for employment or other relationship with the institution under review;
    • Has a personal or professional relationship with the institution under review that might compromise objectivity; and/or
    • Has a competitive relationship with the institution that might compromise objectivity.
  • Send names and CV’s of at least two recognized experts who meet the external reviewer criteria to the Office of the Sr. Associate Provost.
  • Include a brief description of the proposed program with the recommended reviewers’ materials.
  • The Sr. Associate Provost will vet these names and seek approval from NYSED.
  • External reviewers are required to complete a Conflict of Interest Form (see pg. 19 of "Steps in Review of Doctoral Program Proposals"
  • External reviewers are asked to use the NYSED Evaluation Report Form (see pgs. 20-21 of "Steps in Review of Doctoral Program Proposals"
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