The standards and criteria for the approval of new programs at public and private universities in British Columbia are established by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training. Degree programs must complete both a Stage 1 and Stage 2 assessment, which involves both internal and external review and approval. Non-degree programs generally require only internal review and approval, although in some cases an external 30-day peer review is also required. The charts below indicate the kinds of programs that fall under the degree and non-degree categories.
Submission of proposals to PDQA
Prior to each stage of the program approval process, program working groups (PWG) are required to submit updated and complete documents to PDQA. PDQA will review the documents, verify that they meet the requirements of the relevant committee and submit the program package to each committee assistant for review and inclusion in the committee’s meeting agenda. PDQA is also responsible for drafting the cover memos that accompany program proposal packages.
For questions regarding the program approval process, please contact PDQA.
A. Internal review and approval process by program type
The development of any new program at UFV requires a process of review and approval. Please note that significant revisions to existing programs may also trigger new program development. The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training includes the following as defining a new program:
- an existing interdisciplinary major for which the majority of the courses are new or are substantially altered to conform to the program's objectives;
- a joint major if one or more of the fields in the joint major is not already represented by an approved major;
- revision of a program's major objectives resulting in significant changes;
- a change in degree designation or credential that may be precedent-setting;
- a significant revision of a program that warrants credential renaming.
Note: The internal review and approval process for new programs does not apply to programs that qualify for expedited review. For programs that meet the criteria for expedited review, see the expedited program approval process on the Academic Planning and Priorities Committee website.