Academic Program Proposals
From Degree-Granting Institutions Authorized to
the State of Maryland
An institution shall
program proposal for a new
- establish instruction
leading to a formal award in a subject area in which the
award is not presently authorized,
- establish an
instructional program in a subject area which will offer a
degree at a different degree level than presently
- establish a new major
by combining course work from two or more existing degree
- establish a degree
that is of a different type than that presently authorized.
An institution shall
program proposal for a substantial modification to:
- change more than 33 percent of an existing programs course work;
- convert more than 50 percent of a program previously approved for offering in a distance education format to a classroom or site-based learning format,
or convert more than 50 percent of a program previously approved for offering in a classroom or site-based learning format to a distance education format;
- establish a new area of concentration within an existing program, and/or;
- establish a new program title within an approved program.
An institution shall submit a
program proposal for an off-campus program for a substantial modification to
offer an existing program as an off-campus program.
- Directed Technology
Certificate is a specialized learning program designed for
community colleges intended to meet specific employer
training needs. It requires the completion of at least 12
credits but no more than 24 credits.
- New Certificate Programs within an existing degree area. These
programs are distinctly different from directed technology
certificates and fall into several categories:
Lower-Division Certificates, Upper-Division Certificates,
Post-Baccalaureate Certificates, Certificates of Advanced
Study, and Professional Certificates. Use this link for
information on the differences between the certificates and
the guidelines for proposing a new certificate program.
- New Stand
- A letter of notification shall describe the program
and affirm that there is access to library and faculty
resources consistent with the scope and nature of the
- The proposed program shall be planned by
representatives from each cooperating institution.
Identical proposals for each institution shall go
through the normal program approval procedures for the
institutions and segments, including formal approval and
recognition by each governing board. A memorandum
of understanding between or among cooperating
institutions shall be included when the program proposal
- An institution shall submit a program proposal for an off-campus program that
contains information regarding need and demand for
extending the program and the impact the program may
have on similar programs that may exist in the region.
- A program
distance education program shall be submitted by the
institution to the Commission before implementation.
- An institution may submit a brief letter of request indicating the existing and proposed titles and a justification for the proposed title change.
- For changes that do not meet the requirements for
substantial modifications, an institution may
submit a letter of notification that describes and
provides a justification for the proposed change, along
with supporting and/or comparative documentation (i.e.
course outlines, course descriptions) from the existing
and proposed programs.
- An institution shall provide written notice to the Commission in advance of a program's discontinuance.
- Before suspending a program, the institution shall notify the Secretary in writing.
- After a 3-year period, the institution shall notify the Secretary in writing of their intent to either discontinue or reactivate a suspended program.
- Between Degree-Granting and Maryland Secondary Schools and Non-Degree Institutions
A written proposal for articulation or transfer of credit of specific courses or programs shall be submitted by the chief executive officer of the school system or
the non-degree granting institution to the chief executive officer of the degree granting institution.
The proposal shall include, but is not limited to, a complete description of course/program content, instructional/experimental learning hours, expected competencies, and assessment measures used. The proposal shall also indicate whether the intention is for transfer of credit for courses within an articulated program or for transfer of credit for individual courses.
Agreements must be approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Agreements must be signed by the chief executive officers of the two institutions entering into the agreement to be valid and considered by the Commission.