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Certificate Program: Greater than 24 credit hours

While Certificate Programs 24 credit hours or less have an abbreviated approval process, certificate requiring greater than 24 credit hours follow the same approval process as a new Master or Bachelor degree.

The Academic Intake form is utilized to inform Academic Affairs of the department's intent regarding programs, articulation agreements, partnering with a new institution or initiating coursework in an off-campus location. By submitting the Intake form, Academic Affairs is able to determine feasibility of offering the program, agreement or new site; the necessity of the program agreement or new site; and whether the proposal is a substantive change requiring SACSCOC prior approval or notification. 

The Letter of Notification is completed once the Academic Intake Form has been approved for the program. The Letter of Notification is similar to a concept paper and should be written with a clear and concise vision in mind. The purpose of the Letter of Notification is to:

  • Determine if the proposed program is aligned with APSU’s strategic plan and mission
  • Evaluate duplicate and comparable programs offered in the region
  • Gain insight into the potential success of the program

This document requires THEC approval prior to the department beginning the New Academic Program Proposal. Please give special attention to feasibility study information as THEC is closely reviewing this information in relation to program sustainability.

All new academic programs must adhere to THEC's prescribed three-step application and approval process (See THEC policy A1.0.). Information summarizing the THEC process as well as provides information on the needed forms and documentation for proposing a new academic programs may be found at the New Academic Program page.

The External Review is the final step of the program development process. The External Review includes a site visit from THEC staff and a qualified reviewer (see criteria below). Agenda items will include interviews with the APSU President, Provost, AP/AVPAA, College Dean, Faculty, Library and Industry Board, if applicable. 

The department proposing the new program will be involved in the selection of the external reviewer and must work closely with the Office of Academic Affairs when preparing for the external review visit.