New Degree Program Development

The procedure for developing and approving new degrees is outlined in APS 1038 of the CU System and policy 1001 of University of Colorado Denver. At the system level, new degrees must be approved by the Vice President (VP) for Academic Affairs, and the University of Affairs Committee of the Board of Regents, before they are sent to the full Board of Regents for their approval. Following approval of the Board of Regents, the VP for Academic Affairs forwards the proposal to the Colorado Department of Higher Education for entry into the Student Unit Record Data System database. Note that public meetings of the full Board of Regents are held only five times each year (usually February, April, June, September and November) and meetings of the University of Affairs Committee are scheduled approximately one month before these meetings.  Proposals that have received campus approval, must be submitted to the VP for Academic Affairs several weeks before the scheduled meeting of the University Affairs Committee.

University of Colorado Denver Campus policy 1001s outlines the procedure for obtaining approval of the proposal prior to submitting it to the VP for Academic Affairs. Faculty who wish to submit a proposal for a new degree must work with the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning (Beth Myers) as well as the representative appointed by the campus VC for Administration and Finance (the current designee is Jen St. Peter at CU Denver) to develop the proposal. Additional approvals required in order for a proposal to be forwarded to the VP for Academic Affairs are included in this workflow document.

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Provost's Office

CU Denver

Lawrence Street Center

1380 Lawrence Street


Denver, CO 80204


CU Anschutz

Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place

Campus Box F565

Aurora, CO 80045


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