CHE's Policies and Procedures for New Academic Programs, Program Modifications, Program Notifications, Program Terminations, and New Centers is applicable to these processes. Please do not begin any paperwork prior to consulting with the OIE. Starting too early typically results in a delay, as CHE approval can not be sought until after all internal procedures (Curriculum Committee, BOT, etc.) are completed. You may find additional information about Academic Policies and Procedures at the CHE website. Included on the CHE site is an Inventory of Academic Programs, Policies and Procedures that guide new program development and program modifications, as well as Meetings and Events dates and times and links to their agendas.
Academic Program Approvals and Changes
If you are considering starting a new program/center/institute or modify/close an existing one, we highly encourage you to contact us here if you would like to discuss your proposal prior to beginning the process.
Depending on the extent, modifications to academic degree programs, certificates, centers, and institutes could require approvals within and outside Clemson University before going into effect, including:
- Approval from your Department Chair or School Director.
- Ensure compliance with Faculty Manual.
- Approval from Dean. At this stage, you must have a draft proposal with the curriculum map (and proposed changes) along possible changes to resources required.
- Curriculum Committee approval. Graduate and undergraduate curriculum committee approvals at Clemson are facilitated in Curriculog.
- Board of Trustees (BOT) approval.
- Approval from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (CHE).
- Approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
This form must be submitted at least a month before these changes are presented to the BoT at a scheduled meeting. However, it should be submitted as soon as possible, as the BOT's agenda for approvals and modifications can fill up as early as 6 months in advance. Please note the Curriculum Committee process runs tangential, but is separate, and must be started in Curriculog. Exceptions to this chain of approvals are possible depending on the nature and details of the academic program proposal.
If you have submitted a proposal, this interactive table here (log-in required) allows you to see the its status.