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PROCESS DISCONTINUED: Concept Paper Template for New Degree Program Proposal





Click here to view the Concept Paper Archive and New Program Tracking


For more information, please see the following memo from the Provost:

New processes for academic program development and approval


Pre-vetting Information

  • Title/Department/College/Proposer Contact Name and Contact Information
  • Describe goals and justification for proposed program (1 page)
  • Description of the new program: Summarize program curriculum and other program aspects (1 page)
  • Describe new program’s fit with RIT Academic Portfolio Blueprint Characteristics and criteria (0.5 page)
  • Synergy with other programs (0.5 page):  Describe curricular linkages with other academic programs and associated interdisciplinary connection. Provide evidence of Dean support when program uses specific courses, resources, etc. from anothercollege
  • Administrative structure for the new program (0.5 page)
  • Enrollment Management Expectations and Sustainment (0.5 page):  Discuss projected enrollment, program marketability and future sustainability of program based on requested input and guidance from Enrollment Management and Career Services
  • Impact on Resources (0.5 page):  Describe impact of proposed program on resources:
  • Cost Model Analysis: summarize 5-year revenue and cost projections taken from Academic Program Proposals Projections (formerly Concept Paper Budget Template)
  • Utilization of Existing Resources: Elaborate on how this program will use resources already assigned to the academic unit / college (space, faculty / staff) etc. and the plan for reorganization or re-allocation of resources
  • The proposer is expected to complete this cost model template and provide all of the tables and data to the Provost when moving concept paper to Provost for Approval to develop full proposal.
  • Conclusion

Post-vetting Information

  • Summary of community input, response to input, and new program costing data and tables, (this information is added to concept paper and forwarded by dean to Provost for final review and approval to proceed to full program proposal development)

Concept Paper Resubmission Guidance:

  • It can be expected that new program development will undergo some change as faculty move from concept paper to full proposal development.  If significant changes are made to the intent, scope, or direction of the new program as expressed in the original concept paper, faculty are advised to highlight what these changes are  and address the rationale for the changes in the final program proposal

Resubmission of concept Paper:

  • Proposers wishing to resubmit a concept paper not approved to move to a full program proposal, should prepare a new concept paper submission and submit it for posting according to the vetting process outlined on the "Getting Started: Concept Paper" section of the Academic Program and  Curriculum Management website.  The revised concept paper should clearly reflect the feedback provided by the Provost during the first review cycle. No resubmitted concept paper is likely to be approved unless significant changes are made
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