fOR Degree-Granting Institutions Authorized to Operate in Maryland
New Academic Degree
Programs, New Stand-alone certificate programs, AND Substantial modifications
An institution submits a proposal using
guidelines in accordance with State regulations found in COMAR 13B.02.03. Proposals shall be submitted electronically
proposal shall include a:
1. Cover letter from the chief academic officer
addressed to the Secretary of Higher Education requesting approval of the new
2. New Program and Sub Mod Cover Sheet.pdfwith all required
signatures and should address all of the following areas:
to Institutional Mission and Planning Priorities:
- Provide a description of the
program, including each area of concentration (if applicable), and how it
relates to the institution’s approved mission.
- Explain how the proposed program
supports the institution’s strategic goals and provide evidence that
affirms it is an institutional priority.
a brief narrative of how the proposed program will be adequately funded
for at least the first five years of program implementation. (Additional related information is
required in section L.
a description of the institution’s a commitment to:
administrative, financial, and technical support of the proposed program
of the program for a period of time sufficient to allow enrolled students to
complete the program.
and Compelling Regional or Statewide Need as Identified in the State Plan:
- Demonstrate demand and need for
the program in terms of meeting present and future needs of the region and
the State in general based on one or more of the following:
The need for the
advancement and evolution of knowledge
including expanding educational opportunities and choices for minority and
educationally disadvantaged students at institutions of higher education
The need to
strengthen and expand the capacity of historically black institutions to
provide high quality and unique educational programs
- Provide evidence that the perceived
need is consistent with the Maryland State Plan for
and Reliable Evidence and Documentation of Market Supply and Demand in the Region
- Describe potential industry or
industries, employment opportunities, and expected level of entry (ex: mid-level management) for graduates
of the proposed program.
- Present data and analysis
projecting market demand and the availability of openings in a job market to
be served by the new program.
- Discuss and provide evidence of
market surveys that clearly provide quantifiable and reliable data on the
educational and training needs and the anticipated number of vacancies
expected over the next 5 years.
- Provide data
showing the current and projected supply of prospective graduates.
of Program Duplication:
- Identify similar programs in the
State and/or same geographical area. Discuss similarities and
differences between the proposed program and others in the same degree to
justification for the proposed program.
to High-demand Programs at Historically Black Institutions (HBIs)
- Discuss the program’s potential
impact on the implementation or maintenance of high-demand programs at
to the identity of Historically Black Institutions (HBIs)
- Discuss the program’s potential
impact on the uniqueness and institutional identities and missions of
of Curriculum Design, Program Modality, and Related Learning Outcomes (as outlined in COMAR
- Describe how the proposed
program was established, and also describe the faculty who will oversee
- Describe educational objectives and learning outcomes
appropriate to the rigor, breadth, and (modality) of the program.
- Explain how the institution
assessment of student achievement of learning outcomes in the program
student achievement of learning outcomes in the program
4. Provide a list of courses with title, semester credit hours and course
descriptions, along with a description of program requirements
5. Discuss how
general education requirements will be met, if applicable.
6. Identify any
specialized accreditation or graduate certification requirements for this
program and its students.
contracting with another institution or non-collegiate organization,
provide a copy of the written contract.
8. Provide assurance and any appropriate evidence that the proposed
program will provide students with clear, complete,
and timely information on the curriculum, course and degree requirements, nature of faculty/student interaction, assumptions about technology
competence and skills,
technical equipment requirements, learning management system, availability of academic support
services and financial
aid resources, and costs and payment policies.
9. Provide assurance and any appropriate evidence that advertising, recruiting, and admissions materials
will clearly and accurately represent
the proposed program and the services
of Articulation (as outlined in COMAR 13B.02.03.19)
- If applicable, discuss how the
program supports articulation with programs at partner institutions. Provide all relevant articulation
agreements. More information for Articulation Agreements may be found here.
of Faculty Resources (as outlined in COMAR 13B.02.03.11).
- Provide a brief narrative
demonstrating the quality of program faculty. Include a summary list of
faculty with appointment type, terminal degree title and field, academic
title/rank, status (full-time, part-time, adjunct) and the course(s) each
faculty member will teach in the proposed program.
- Demonstrate how the
institution will provide ongoing pedagogy training for faculty in
evidenced-based best practices, including training in:
that meets the needs of the students
best practices for distance education, if distance education is offered.
of Library Resources (as outlined in COMAR 13B.02.03.12).
- Describe the library resources
available and/or the measures to be taken to ensure resources are adequate
to support the proposed program.
of Physical Facilities, Infrastructure and Instructional Equipment (as outlined in COMAR
- Provide an assurance that physical
facilities, infrastructure and instruction equipment are adequate to
initiate the program, particularly as related to spaces for classrooms,
staff and faculty offices, and laboratories for studies in the
technologies and sciences.
assurance and any appropriate evidence that the institution
will ensure students
enrolled in and faculty teaching in distance education will have adequate
institutional electronic mailing system, and
A learning management system that provides the necessary
technological support for distance education
Adequacy of Financial Resources with Documentation (as outlined in COMAR
1. Complete Table 1:
Resources and Narrative Rationale.
Provide finance data for the first five years of program implementation.
Enter figures into each cell and provide a total for each year. Also
provide a narrative rationale for each resource category. If resources have
been or will be reallocated to support the proposed program, briefly discuss
the sources of those funds.
2. Complete Table 2:
Program Expenditures and Narrative Rationale. Provide
finance data for the first five years of program implementation. Enter
figures into each cell and provide a total for each year. Also provide a narrative rationale for each expenditure category.
of Provisions for Evaluation of Program (as outlined in COMAR 13B.02.03.15).
1. Discuss procedures
for evaluating courses, faculty and student learning outcomes.
2. Explain how the institution will evaluate the
proposed program's educational effectiveness, including assessments of student
learning outcomes, student retention, student and faculty satisfaction, and
with the State’s Minority Student Achievement Goals (as outlined in COMAR
1. Discuss how the
proposed program addresses minority student access & success, and the
institution’s cultural diversity goals and initiatives.
Relationship to Low Productivity Programs Identified by the Commission:
1. If the proposed program
is directly related to an identified low productivity program, discuss how the
fiscal resources (including faculty, administration, library resources and
general operating expenses) may be redistributed to this program.
Adequacy of Distance Education Programs (as
outlined in COMAR 13B.02.03.22)
affirmation and any appropriate evidence that the institution is eligible to
provide Distance Education.
assurance and any appropriate evidence that the institution complies with the
C-RAC guidelines, particularly as it relates to the proposed program.