Program Development Protocol

When developing a new or revised course or program or when deactivating a course or program, the basic procedures and processes are the same.


  1. Envisioning and Responding
  2. Investigating - Needs Assessment
  3. Curriculum - Faculty Governance Process
  4. Implementation
  5. Assessment - Program Review - Closing the Loop


  • Gather all relevant information and data
  • Consult with appropriate internal and external resource persons
  • Complete and submit curriculum proposal forms
  • Provide summary of course or programmatic goals and objectives
  • Explain how the curriculum meets the Strategic Plan and/or College Mission
  • Define student learning outcomes
  • Identify program review cycle (initial date, assessment cycle)


  • Academic Governance Process (Faculty Senate Resolutions 2.0)
  • Completed proposal forms reviewed by:
    • Curriculum Office
    • Curriculum Committee
    • Posted for Faculty Review
    • Curriculum Committee vote
      • Courses: Vice President approval
      • Programs: Same as above and
        • Faculty Senate and Vice President approval
        • President/Board of Trustees vote
        • SUNY approval/SED registration

    • Notification Final approval

When you are ready to proceed, link to the curriculum database or contact the Curriculum Office.