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New Programs and Substantive Changes

New degrees, majors, or minors at Middle Georgia State University require the approval of the Faculty Senate in addition to the approval of chairs, deans,the Provost and the Academic Affairs Committee. Furthermore, as a University System of Georgia school and a SACSCOC accredited institution, MGA must follow all Board of Regents and SACSCOC policies and procedures when substantive changes are made to degree programs or when new degree programs or majors are created.

The BoR website offers guidance on the types of curriculum changes and additions that require Board approval. SACSCOC requires approval of new or modified programs that represent a substantive institutional change.

New Majors or Degrees

Adding a new major or degrees is the most complex curriculum process at MGA. All new programs are proposed after conducting a formal needs assessment that must document how the new curriculum is integral to the mission of the College. The earliest stage in development of new degrees and majors involves development of a prospectus which is sent to the Board of Regents. If the prospectus is favorably received, the BoR invites the College to develop a full proposal. Once the proposal is developed, it moves through the normal MGA curriculum approval process and then is sent back to the BoR for approval. If the new degree or major represents a new degree level or a significant departure from existing MGA programs, SACSCOC approval is also needed prior to implementation.

New Major or Degree Step-By Step Approval Process

  1. Dean, in consultation with Provost, creates and submits a BoR prospectus
  2. BoR approves and invites a full proposal.
  3. Faculty, in consultation with Provost, creates a BoR proposal, which is reviewed by the Assistant Provost of Academic Planning and Policy for compliance with all BoR and SACSCOC policy and submitted to the Academic Affairs Committee.
  4. The Academic Affairs Committee grants approval and submits to the Faculty Senate for approval.
  5. The Faculty Senate submits approved forms to the Office of Academic Affairs.
  6. The Office of Academic Affairs submits proposal to the BoR
  7. Once the BoR grants approval, proposals representing a “significant departure” must be sent to SACSCOC for approval.

BoR prospectus/proposal forms and documents


New Minor or Certificate Programs

BoR guidelines for minors and BoR guidelines for certificates must be followed and the Board must be notified upon approval, Both new minors and new certificates require the approval of the Faculty Senate. The approval process is documented below:

New Minor or Certificate Curriculum Approval Workflow

New Minor or Certificate Step-By-Step Approval Process

  1. A faculty member submits a curriculum proposal to the department Chair (if applicable) and the school Dean for approval.
  2. The Dean submits the approved proposal to the Office of Academic Affairs.
  3. The Assistant Provost for Academic Planning and Policy reviews the proposal for compliance with institutional, Board of Regents, and SACSCOC policy and grants provisional approval from the Office of Academic Affairs.
  4. The Academic Affairs Committee grants approval and submits to the Faculty Senate for approval.
  5. The Faculty Senate grants approval and submits to the Office of Academic Affairs.
  6. The Provost grants final approval from the Office of Academic Affairs.



  LAST MODIFIED: 6/7/2016