Once a new bachelor's program has been approved within its school of origin, the dean submits to the Vice Provost for Academic Administration a proposal describing its purpose, curriculum and the resources available to support it. The Vice Provost reviews proposals on behalf of the Provost. The Vice Provost sends it to the University Registrar who reviews it for conformity with University policies and New York State regulations and to the Vice President for Information Resources and University Librarian who determines if the University has the information resources to support them.
The Vice Provost also sends the proposal to the deans of the other schools of the University to determine if the new program will conflict with, or adversely affect, one they already offer or intend to offer. If a dean raises questions about the new program, further consideration of the proposal is suspended until this is resolved.
New programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science do not require the approval of the University Senate. Programs leading to any other type of bachelor's degree require Trustee approval since they require the amendment of the University Statutes.
The dean's office of the school in which the new program will be offered should e-mail the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Administration an electronic version of the proposal and follow up with three print copies. The proposal should consist of the forms: Application for Registration of a New Bachelors Program and Proposal for New Degree or Certificate Program. Both the electronic and print versions of the forms should have the appropriate signatures confirming that the new program has all of the necessary approvals within the school.