Academic Program Approval

Overview

The Ohio Board of Regents’ Office of Program Development and Approval reviews and makes recommendations to the Chancellor regarding the approval of the following:

  • New associate degree and one-year certificate programs proposed by Ohio’s community colleges
  • New undergraduate degree programs proposed by Ohio’s public universities
  • New and continuing educator licensure and endorsement programs proposed by Ohio public, private, and out-of-state institutions
  • New academic programs offered in Ohio by independent (both not-for-profit and for-profit) and out-of-state institutions
    • Out-of-state institutions offering distance education programs to Ohio residents must seek authorization from the Chancellor if:  
      • The institution maintains a “brick and mortar” presence in Ohio;
      • The online program contains a component (e.g., student teaching, clinical placement, practicum) that will be completed in Ohio; or 
      • The institution solicits Ohio residents for its programs (for-profit institutions only).

      Institutions that do not meet any of the conditions listed above may contact the agency for a letter indicating that its distance education programs are exempt from the authorization requirement.

  • In addition, the Regents’ Advisory Committee on Graduate Study (RACGS) reviews all graduate degree programs proposed by Ohio’s public universities, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Dayton.

Institutions must submit an Initial Inquiry to begin the process to:

  • Seek the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents' (OBR) approval for new a program
  • Make changes to a previously approved program
  • Seek continuing approval for educator preparation licensure/endorsement program
  • Seek institutional reauthorization
  • Request authorization for out-of-state institutions to offer online programs including on-ground components (e.g., internship, clinical placement, practicum, student teaching, field experience) to Ohio residents

Please contact Madeline Smith at msmith@regents.state.oh.us with any questions regarding the Initial Inquiry or academic program approval processes.

Standards and Procedures for Academic Program Approval

The standards and procedures for academic program approval are pursuant to Chapter 1713 of the Ohio Revised Code and Chapters 3333-1.04 (associate degrees), 3333-1.05 (bachelor’s degrees), 3333-1-07 (graduate programs) and 3333-1.08 (private and out-of-state institutions) of the Ohio Administrative Code. A new program approval manual, Ohio Board of Regents’ Guidelines and Procedures for Academic Program Review, is coming soon. A draft version of the manual may be accessed here.

 

Program Approval Status

  • Proposals Posted for Public Comment or Awaiting the Chancellor’s Signature - Proposals for new degrees, new degree programs, education licensure and endorsement, and institutional authorizations and reauthorizations that have been reviewed and recommended for approval by the Chancellor are listed here. Public comments are invited on each recommendation during a 10-day public comment period prior to final action by the Chancellor.
  • Programs Approved - New degrees, degree programs, education licensure and endorsement programs, and institutional authorization and reauthorizations that have been formally approved by the chancellor are posted here.
  • Program Approval Requests from Public, Private and Out-of-State Institutions - Proposals that have been received and are at various stages of the review process are listed here. “Preliminary Request” indicates that an institution has formally submitted its intent to develop a new degree or degree program.  “In Review “indicates that proposals are in the review process. Upon staff recommendation to the Chancellor, requests are posted above under “Proposals Posted for Public Comment or Awaiting the Chancellor’s Signature” for a 10 day public comment period.