New academic associate degree programs shall be approved if
all of the following conditions are met.
(1) The institution shall certify that the following
criteria have been met:
(A) The program has institution and governing board
(B) There is recent evidence of both short-term and
long-term student demand for the program.
(C) Enrollment projections reflect student demand estimates
to ensure the financial self-sufficiency of the program.
(D) The institution has an enrollment management plan
for the program.
(E) If the program does not follow a Board-approved
field of study curriculum or a Board-approved statewide articulation
transfer curriculum, the institution has or will initiate a process
to establish transfer of credit articulation agreements for the program
with senior-level institutions.
(F) The program is designed to be consistent with the
standards of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools, other applicable accrediting agencies, and
is in compliance with applicable licensing authority requirements.
(G) Adequate funding is available to cover all new
costs to the institution over the first five years after the implementation
of the program.
(H) The program complies with all applicable provisions
contained in divisions of this subchapter and, adheres to the Standards
for Academic Associate Degree Programs approved by the Board.
(2) The institution proposing the program shall notify
all public institutions within 50 miles of the teaching site of their
intention to offer the program at least 30 days prior to submitting
their request to the Coordinating Board. If no objections are received,
the Coordinating Board staff shall update the institution's program
inventory accordingly. If objections occur, the proposed program shall
not be implemented until all objections are resolved. If the proposing
institution cannot resolve the objection(s), the proposing institution
may request the assistance of the Assistant Commissioner of Workforce,
Academic Affairs and Research to mediate the objections and determine
whether the proposing institution may implement the proposed program.
The Coordinating Board reserves the right to audit a certificate or
degree program at any time to ensure compliance with any of the criteria
contained in paragraph (1)(A) - (H) of this section.
(3) New Program Approval. The Board delegates to the
Commissioner final approval authority for all certificate programs,
applied associate degree programs, and academic associate degrees
that meet Board policies for approval as outlined in the Guidelines
for Instructional Programs in Workforce Education and this subchapter.
The Commissioner may delegate this final authority.