New Program Investigation
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Ideas for new academic programs may emerge from faculty, administration, advisory committees, or as a result of strategic or academic planning.
New programs may be investigated at any time and are not limited to the Strategic Initiative Proposal (SIP) funding cycles.
Alternative funding sources for investigating new programs may be grants or curriculum development funds available
through Educational Services.
Areas for Investigation:
New program investigations should be coordinated through Institutional Research and include a thorough scan of
environmental factors and internal and external resources needed to support a new academic program. There are two
major components of new program investigation: market research and program development.
The three areas to be investigated in market research include occupational demand, student interest, and similar
educational programs in the area.
1. Occupational demand:
BLS statistics, DEED data, MnSCU CUPPS analysis, anecdotal evidence, employer surveys, other environmental scans to
provide evidence of demand.
2. Student interest:
Publications that indicate trends supporting program development, program development in other colleges, in-class
surveys of current Anoka-Ramsey Community College students, and mailed surveys of graduates or residents would
provide evidence of student interest and program salability.
3. Program duplication:
Review of Metro Alliance, non-MnSCU, private, and for-profit college programs would provide evidence of program
If the vice president and chief academic officer determine that preliminary research indicates viability, the dean, director of new program development and departmental faculty may proceed with developing a new program proposal.
Dean, faculty and director develop draft program, including guidesheet, and recommend development of new courses if
Identify transfer institutions and contact persons for potential articulation. If investigation of program duplication reveals
similar programs in the area, investigate intra-agency sharing of resources. Consider Tech Prep and PSEO options in
investigating 2+2 articulations.
Review program requirements and collect CCOs from other institutions. Identify professional associations that may provide
curriculum recommendations. Convene a focus group of current professionals in the field if the curriculum is too new to
have been developed elsewhere. Examine costs for facilities, equipment, technology, faculty development, curriculum
Working with the assigned dean, develop a work plan that includes methods of investigation, a timeline, budget allocations,
and responsible persons.
At a minimum, results of the investigation should be reported and discussed at division meetings, advisory committee
meetings (when appropriate), Educational Services meetings, and Academic Affairs and Standards Council meetings.
Additional reports and/or information items may be presented at College Hour and included in the Anoka-Ramsey
Community College Work Plans.
New Program Application:
If the program is determined to be viable and approved through appropriate channels, the dean and director of new program
development will file the necessary new program or program redesign application with the Office of the Chancellor
requesting authority to deliver the program. A plan for curriculum development and implementation will be developed
including goals, persons responsible, timeline, and needed resources.
Guidelines should be utilized for assistance with complying with Anoka-Ramsey Policies and Procedures and do not provide exclusive representation of Anoka-Ramsey Administrative and Managerial authority.
Anoka-Ramsey Administration maintains inherent managerial right according to Minnesota State College Faculty (MSCF) Article 6, Section 1.