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Required Components of the Prospectus

  • Describe the proposed change with its date of implementation
  • For a new program, identify where it will be offered
  • For a new off-campus site or branch, list the complete physical address
  • Provide projected number of students, if applicable
  • Indicate the projected life of the program or site, if applicable
  • Describe the primary target audience
  • Describe the instructional delivery methods to be used
  • Describe strengths of the institution to undertake this change
  • Describe how the change is consistent with the mission and goals of the institution
  • Describe the rationale and need for the program to include how the institution determined need
  • Provide evidence of legal authority for the change if approval is required by the governing board or the state
  • Provide documentation that faculty and appropriate other groups were involved in planning for and approvals of the change
  • New Program
  • New off-campus site
  • Offerings via distance methodology
  • Initiation of degree completion programs
  • Complete the Faculty Roster Form for faculty members scheduled to teach in the new program, in a degree completion program, at a new site or branch campus or in programs to be offered by distance methodology.
  • For a new program, demonstrate that it has at least one qualified member to develop and/or teach discipline courses in the new program.
  • Provide narrative with supporting evidence that the number of full-time faculty members will be adequate to support the initiative and describe the impact on faculty workload.
  • Document, scholarship and research capability of faculty members teaching in graduate programs and document faculty experience in directing students research.
  • List and describe discipline specific learning resources to support a new program. 
  • Document discipline specific refereed journals and primary source materials
  • If the institution is reliant on agreements with other libraries, provide a signed copy of each formal agreement and describe how the collections support the program(s)
  • Describe specifically how students enrolled in a new program and/or enrolled in a program at an off-campus location and/or enrolled in a distance education program access these discipline-specific learning resources.
  • Describe how students and faculty members will access information electronically
  • Describe how faculty and students are instructed in the use of online resources as well as on site library resources. 
  • Describe resources to support students for accessing and utilizing.
  • Describe specific programs, services, and activities which will support students enrolled in the new program, at a new off-campus site or distance education program. 
  • Describe the adequacy of physical facilities which will support the change
  • Describe equipment which will be available for a new program or available at a new site
  • Describe the impact that the proposed change will have on physical facilities and equipment for existing programs and services
  • Provide a business plane to include: financial resources, projected revenues and expenditures, amount of resources going to institutions or organizations for contractual or support services and operational, management and physical resources available. 
  • Provide contingency plans in the event that required resources do not materialize.
  • Provide brief description of institutional assessment processes
  • Describe how the institution will incorporate the change into the institution wide review and assessment processes.
  • May be used in hard copy submission to provide documentation supporting the narrative in the prospectus.
  • Hard copy submissions tabs must be provided to identify each appendix referenced in the narrative
  • Links may be provided in electronic submissions