Public University Academic Program Approval
The Higher Education Coordinating Commission is responsible for approval of “significant changes” (ORS 350.085) to Oregon public
university academic programs. This responsibility is managed by the Office of
University Coordination, Academic Planning and Policy unit.
including proposals for new degree programs, are brought forward to the
Commission through the statewide Provosts' Council for Oregon's public
universities. Staff of the Office of University Coordination, Academic Planning
and Policy unit work with Provosts on the process and policy guidelines, and
proposed programs are considered by the Commission at public meetings.
See the HECC upcoming public meeting materials
and past meeting materials for information on commission agendas and minutes. Recent
program approvals are also announced in the HECC Collaborations e-newsletter
on a regular basis.
Process and Forms
seeking program approval should download and utilize these documents to provide
policy, guidance and format for the review and program approval processes. Policy and Guidelines for New Program Proposals