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 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.
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.