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Section 2: Program Development and Approval

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Process for New Options

The following applies to new Options only. There is a separate section for information about sub-options (concentrations, tracks, specializations, emphases, fields).

In order to propose a new option, the department or program prepares a standard proposal. Proposals are to be submitted using the CSU Degree Program Proposal Template. Additional information as well as an electronic copy of the template can be found at the Chancellor's Office Resources page.

The information on the CSU Degree Program Proposal Template page, duplicates the format found on the template and includes CSULB Notes to assist in preparing the proposal.

Departments or programs will need to obtain department, college, and university approval for the proposal. The department or program shall prepare a comprehensive packet of materials including:

  • the program proposal in template format, including the Faculty Check List,
  • a completed "Coversheet for Program Projection, Implementation and Major Program Change" form (Attachment 2.3), and
  • a completed "Proposal for New Program, Degree or Certificate" (University Research Council (URC) Form).

The process is outlined as follows:

  • 1. One paper copy and one electronic copy of the proposal that was approved by the department and college is forwarded to the appropriate administrator in the Office of the Provost and one to the Office of Academic Programs and Articulation (AS 124, x. 5-8221).
  • 2. The proposal is reviewed by both offices and feedback is provided to the proposer.
  • 3. When everything is in order, the appropriate administrator in the Office of the Provost forwards the proposal to the Academic Senate. The document is then passed on to the Curriculum and Educational Policies Council and the University Resource Council for review. Proposers will be invited to discuss their proposals with these councils. Upon recommendation by these councils, the proposed program must be reviewed and approved by the entire senate. Proposers are again invited to discuss their proposals.
  • 4. Upon recommendation by the Academic Senate, the appropriate administrator in the Office of the Provost seeks the president's approval.
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