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Bachelor's Degree Program Approval Process

Approval Process

1. Idea Stage

Prior to submission, please notify SBCTC. In the notification, include program title, implementation date, and a 1-2-page overview. The information will be posted to the Interinstitutional Committee for Academic Program Planning (ICAPP) grid. 

Notification of Idea Stage - Examples

2. Degree Proposal Stage

Prepare and submit a Statement of Need to SBCTC.  Upon receipt of the Statement of Need, SBCTC will:

  • Schedule a discussion between the State Board and college administration
  • Provide notice to both two-year community and technical colleges and four-year institutions of the Statement of Need

System colleges and universities have 30 calendar days to express concern or to ask questions about the Statement of Need.

Colleges must submit the Program Proposal within 12 months of SBCTC receiving the Statement of Need. If the Program Proposal is not received within 12 months, the Statement of Need is void.

Statement of Need Example

Note: These time frames may be modified based upon negotiated agreements between SBCTC and the college as needed to secure a fair and deliberate process to approve degree programs.

New Program Proposal Examples

3. Waiting for External Approval

The institution must await final approval by the SBCTC Board prior to program implementation. The college will work with the Director of Transfer Education to answer any questions related to this process.

Note: Send Statement of Need and New Degree Program Proposals to


Valerie Sundby
Director of Transfer Education


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