STAGES IN RIT’s CURRICULUM REVIEW PROCESS
Revised October, 2014
Note: Certificates and Advanced Certificates are excluded from the Concept Paper requirement.
Ideas for new (or significantly modified) programs are normally generated by faculty members, faculty committees, department and program chairs. Review important information on process found in Concept Paper Process: Undergraduate Degree (including timeline), and the Concept Paper Template.
Please note that Graduate Programs have a slightly different flowchart. See Concept Paper Process: Graduate Degree and Concept Paper Process: Doctoral Degree.
IMPORTANT: Concept Paper Process directions for Undergraduate, Graduate and Doctoral Degrees and the Concept Paper Template can be viewed in the "Getting Started" section of this website.
When the concept paper is ready for review, it should be sent by the Dean to the Provost for a four-week posting to the Provost’s Curriculum and Academic Program Management website with a call for comment by the RIT community. The call for comment by the RIT community will be sent out by the Provost's Office. Comments and suggestions by RIT Community members should be made utilizing the website electronic feedback option. Among other things, the purpose of community input is to identify potential synergy and/or overlap between the proposed program and other programs in the same college and different colleges or units across campus. In addition, in order to further engage the RIT community, the initiator is encouraged to provide an appropriate opportunity for a public forum where questions and comment regarding synergy and overlap can be discussed.
Stage 2: Formal Department and College Review*
Each college has a structure and process for reviewing and approving proposals for new or substantially modified academic programs. These college-level policies and procedures are in accordance with RIT Policy D.1.
*NOTE: In the case of Graduate and Doctoral Degree program proposals and certain other types of proposals, external review by recognized experts in the field is required by NYSED. This review should occur prior to review by ICC or Grad Council and should be coordinated through the office of the Senior Associate Provost, (further detail on this requirement is found at External Review for New Program Proposals.
Stage 3: University Level Review
University Level Review occurs through:
Stage 4: Final Review and Approval by Provost with Alignment to Budget Process
Formal proposals for new (or substantially modified) academic programs must obtain the endorsement of the appropriate university level curriculum review body and gain the approval of the Provost before the end of January in order for the program to be considered for the budget review process. Adherence to this timeline allows the Dean(s) to include the needed program resources in the budget request process, which occurs during February and March. Through the annual budget approval process, it will be the responsibility of the dean or deans to include needed program resources in all subsequent budget requests for the years that follow. This shall particularly apply to deans from colleges that provide support to the curriculum.
A new program will not be submitted for registration by the New York State Education Department until the requisite resource requests have been approved through the budget approval process.
If there are no resource implications associated with a proposal for a new (or substantially modified) academic program, the Provost may allow the proposal to be forwarded to the New York State Education Department for registration in a timely manner, independent of the normal budget approval cycle, once the proposal has gained the endorsement of the appropriate RIT governance group.
Stage 5: Concept Paper Resubmission Guidance