Central University Approvals
Once a new joint degree program has been approved by the Columbia school that will offer it and its partner institution, the Columbia dean submits to the Vice Provost for Academic Administration a proposal describing its purpose, curriculum and the resources available to support it. The dean should also e-mail the Office of the Vice Provost an electronic version at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow up with three print copies.
A copy of the agreement describing the arrangements the School and its partner have agreed upon for the support of the program should accompany the proposal. The agreement can only be signed on behalf of Columbia by the Provost of the University.
The forms that should be completed depend upon whether the Columbia part of the joint degree program has already been registered and the level at which it will be offered. There are four possibilities:
- If the Columbia portion of the program has already been registered with the New York State Education Department (NYSED), its sponsors should complete the forms Change or Adapt a Registered Program and Proposal for a New Dual Degree or Joint Degree Program;
- If NYSED has not previously registered the Columbia portion, and it is at the doctoral level, the School should contact the Office of the Provost at 854-2254 or email Raquel Munoz at email@example.com for the forms it should use since NYSED is currently redesigning the forms it uses for doctoral programs;
- If NYSED has not previously registered the Columbia portion of a program leading to a master’s degree, the sponsors should complete the forms: Application for Registration of a new Graduate Program and Proposal for a New Dual Degree or Joint Degree Program or
- If NYSED has not previously registered the Columbia portion and it leads to a bachelor's degree, the appropriate forms are Application for Registration of a new Undergraduate Program and Proposal for a New Dual Degree or Joint Degree Program.
Both the electronic and print versions of the forms submitted should have the appropriate signatures confirming that the new program has all of the necessary approvals.
The Vice Provost reviews proposals for new programs on behalf of the Provost. In addition, he sends them to the University Registrar who reviews them 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.