|(a) A low-producing degree program is eligible for a temporary exemption if: (1) The Coordinating Board staff determines the necessity for a temporary exemption because: (A) The institution demonstrates evidence that the low-producing degree program contributes to meeting Closing the Gaps initiatives or other Coordinating Board priorities including workforce needs in specific industries; and (B) Institutional efforts are being made to increase enrollments, limit cost inefficiencies, limit the number of small classes, and improve program success. The period of time for the exemption will be established by Coordinating Board staff after discussions with the institution; or (2) The degree is composed exclusively of courses required for other existing degrees at the institution and there is very limited or no additional cost associated with the degree. (b) To request a temporary exemption provide the following information: (1) A narrative that explains the causes of low production; (2) Justification for continuing the degree program. Justification should incorporate issues of need, quality, cost, and Closing the Gaps initiatives; (3) An action plan for the low-producing degree program. The action plan should include a detailed strategy for increasing enrollment, graduation output, and graduation rates. In addition, the action plan should include specific strategies to recruit, retain, and graduate students from underrepresented groups; and (4) The rubric and number of all required courses in the major, excluding core curriculum, minor requirements, and free electives. (c) Coordinating Board staff will evaluate the application for a temporary exemption and approve or deny it. If approved, the exemption will be for a limited period of time determined by the staff after discussion with the institution.