Program Approval Policy and Forms
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) is required to approve all professional-technical degree and certificate programs prior to program implementation.
In cooperation with the college system, SBCTC sets rules, procedures and guidelines for approving all proposed new professional/technical programs, curriculum modifications and program title changes.
Process and forms needed for program approval:
- Guidelines: Professional-Technical Program Approval Process
- Form PAR: Program Approval Request
- Form ADV: Advisory/Planning Committee
- Form IEP: Individualized Education Program Approval
- Form REIN: Request for Inactive Program/Option Reinstatement
Zero-Credit Bearing Programs
If you have a zero-credit bearing program, you do not need to submit this program to the State Board's inventory list. However, the program may still qualify to be on the state's Eligible Training Provider List. In this case, submit that program information directly to Career Bridge for ETP-approval.
Programs should be continually reviewed for effectiveness in meeting industry training needs and fulfilling the college mission. Programs that are no longer effective should be subject to review for viability.
Factors to consider in program viability review
Program Advisory Committees
Each professional-technical program must have an advisory committee. Advisory committees are made up of volunteers who give their time, talent and expertise to help improve, update and strengthen the professional-technical programs they serve. Since they are “advisory” by design, the committees do not have administrative or legislative authority.
Committees usually serve specific training programs and have three main roles:
- Advise the administration and board of trustees.
- Assist program staff.
- Provide support and advocacy for quality education and training.
Resources to help colleges work with advisory committees
- Advisory Committee Guidelines, Chapter 4, Appendix G - SBCTC Policy Manual
- Advisory Committee Self-Assessment
- Asked to Serve - sample flyer template
- Leaders Handbook
- Enhancing Advisory Committee Effectiveness - contents of 27-page booklet
- Enhancing Advisory Committee Effectiveness - front and back cover
For more information regarding program advisory committees, contact Mason Norman.
Program Approval Task Force
Last Modified: 2/23/18 2:25 PM