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University Academic Master Planning Process

Definition: This document describes the process by which the CSUSM University Academic Master Plan is developed and revised.
Authority: Board of Trustees and President of the University.
Scope: The Academic Master Plan of California State University San Marcos.
Responsible Division: Academic Affairs
Approval Date: 08/15/2016
Originally Implemented: 10/30/2002
Signature Page/PDF: View Signatures for University Academic Master Planning Process Policy


I. Overview

This document describes the process by which the University Academic Master Plan (UAMP) is developed and revised.

The process only addresses those programs that become part of the UAMP and require approval by the Chancellor’s Office. New Program Abstracts (A-Forms) are developed by faculty. They are reviewed and submitted to Academic Programs by the college. After a review by stakeholders, A-Forms are sent to the Budget and Long-Range Planning Committee (BLP). BLP reviews the A-Forms, and submits a recommendation on the A-Forms to the Academic Senate Consent Calendar. This can happen at any time during the academic year. Provisions are made for programs that lie outside of the existing colleges.

II. Definitions

Degree Program -  A program that leads to a bachelor’s, master’s, or joint-doctoral degree.

Independent Degree Program -  A degree program that does not reside within an existing college.

Degree Program Abstract (A-Form) A plan to offer a new program. In addition to the program outline (a brief description of the degree program being offered), the A-Form must address the BLP evaluation criteria.

University Academic Master Plan (UAMP) The University’s Degree plan that is approved by the Board of Trustees. 

BLP Evaluation Criteria – To be considered by BLP for evaluation of an A-Form.

  1. Mission. The alignment of the program with University, College, and/or Library Mission and Vision; the degree to which the program supports and facilitates accomplishment of University strategic goals; benefits to the state, community or university/college that make the program desirable.
  2. Demand. Evidence of adequate student demand for the proposed program, including (i) a list of other CSU campuses currently offering (or intending to offer) the proposed degree major program, (ii) a list of neighboring institutions, public or private, currently offering the proposed degree major program and program enrollments at these neighboring institutions, (iii) information indicating substantial regional demand for individuals who have earned this degree, and (iv) information indicating adequate student interest in the proposed program. Graduate degree program proposals must also include the number of declared undergraduate majors and the degree production over the preceding three years for the corresponding baccalaureate program.
  3. Resource Needs. Including, but not limited to, unusual space and/or support requirements. A statement of accreditation criteria if there are recognized accrediting bodies in the program area.
  4. Relation to existing programs.

III. Abstract (A-Form) Proposal Process

  1. A-Forms are proposals for a new degree program and are developed by faculty.
  2. A-Forms are sent for review.
    1. Programs intended to be offered jointly between two or more colleges should go through the planning process in each affected college. All A-Forms must address BLPs’ evaluation criteria.
    2. Independent program A-Forms are sent directly to Academic Programs. Academic Programs has authority to accept proposals that are outside of the existing colleges (other proposals are returned to be routed through the college planning review process).
  3. A-Forms approved by college review committees are sent to the Dean for review.
  4. A-Forms are forwarded to Academic Programs (AP). AP solicits feedback from:
    1. Academic Affairs Leadership Council
    2. Institutional Planning and Analysis
    3. President’s Executive Council
    4. Enrollment Services
    5. Facilities
    6. Instructional and Information Technology Services
    7. University Library
    8. Planning, Design and Construction
  5. Academic Programs forwards all A-Forms and comments to BLP on a rolling basis. In order to ensure that proposals receive timely review by BLP, proposals should be submitted by Academic Programs to BLP by October 1.
  6. BLP evaluates A-Forms according to the BLP evaluation criteria. Once the review is completed, BLP sends their recommendations to the Academic Senate Office by November 15th to be considered for inclusion on the Senate Consent Calendar.
  7. Academic Senate forwards, by December 15th, the approved draft of the UAMP for approval of the President, or President’s designee.
  8. If the President (or designee) ratifies the positive Academic Senate recommendation, Academic Programs forwards the request to add a new degree program(s) to the UAMP to the Chancellor’s Office, in early January.