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Doctoral Degree Program Proposals

  • 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"
  • Include all of the following additional information in proposal as appendices:
  • Appendix A: Course Outlines for New Courses
  • Appendix B: Enrollment and Market Analysis
    • Anticipated Graduation Rate
    • Competing Regional and National Programs
    • Anticipated Geographic Draw
  • Appendix C: Internal Support Letters
    • Include letters of support
    • Include impact statement and internal agreements that identify impact of program on current resources and/or agreements related to shared resources
    • Include letters of support from individuals identified to provide testimony and evidence for program need and impact
  • Complete RIT Request for Allocation or Renovation of Space Form
  • Appendix D: External Letters of Support
  • Appendix E: Space Allocation/Renovation Request
  • Attachment 1: Site Visit Team Report and Institutional Response to be added after Site Visit but before Grad Council Review.
  • The External Reviewers Site Visit is arranged by RIT. Normally the Dean of the unit preparing the Doctoral Program makes all arrangements in collaboration with the Office of the Sr. Associate Provost.
  • A site visit is typically 1 - 2 days in length and involves appropriate interviews, document review, and institutional orientation.
  • A single team report by NYSED Site Visitors is preferred
  • Site visitors are asked to evaluate the “quality and viability of the proposed program in terms of governance, curriculum, faculty, students, facilities and resources” and should be directed to use the Instructions and Report Form of Doctoral Program Proposals Instructions and Report Form for Evaluation of Doctoral Program Proposals
  • It is helpful to review factors to be considered in Evaluation of Doctoral Program Proposals as guidance in preparing proposal (pg. 22 "Steps in Review of Doctoral Program Proposals")
  • The institution is required to submit its response to the site visit report, fully addressing any concerns raised by the reviewers, (e.g., if the program were found to lack sufficient core faculty, the institution would need to appoint appropriate faculty, provide Curricula Vitae and solicit the site visitors’ comments on the adequacy of the new faculty coverage).
  • The Site Visit Team Report and Institutional response become part of the proposal package reviewed by Grad Council and Academic Senate.
  • Following completion of all curriculum review and approval procedures, send proposal to Senior Associate Provost for registration and approval by NYSED.

NOTE: The proposed program may not advertise or admit students until approval has been granted and formal authorization is received from NYSED.

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