University of Houston-Victoria

Institutional Research Effectiveness

New Program Development

New programs and certain types of changes to existing programs will require reporting to the University of Houston System (UHS), the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and SACSCOC.

Entirely new programs

If there will be a new CIP, approval is required from UHS and THECB.  If a significant number of new courses are being designed and new faculty will be hired, SACSCOC approval is also required. Information about the process and the Full Request Form can be found at THECB New Programs Requests.

New programs may take up to 18 months to get full approval, and no student may be admitted to the program until we have the approval in hand. UHV can begin seeking THECB and SACSCOC approval before the Faculty Senate has completed its review of the new program.

Information you will need:

  • An assessment of need, including employment projections for program graduates and an analysis of existing programs in the state
  • Enrollment projections
  • Recruitment plan
  • A degree plan
  • All course descriptions
  • Credentials for faculty who will teach in the program
  • Student learning outcomes
  • An assessment plan
  • A five-year budget (pro forma)

Helpful resources:

New concentrations in existing programs

If a new program will not get its own CIP, but will be an additional concentration in an existing program, it is possible that no reporting to UHS and THECB will be required. However, if there will be new courses created for the concentration, SACSCOC may still require a substantive change prospectus to be approved. If SACSCOC approval is required, students may not be admitted until approval is in hand, which can take up to 12 months.

New programs created out of existing programs

If a new program will be created by repackaging existing courses, or if an existing program is getting a new name, the reporting requirements are easier.

Location matters

THECB requires that we give 30-day notification to all universities within 50 miles of any location where we will begin offering a program. This rule applies even if we are simply moving an established program to a new location. The only institution within 50 miles of Victoria is Victoria College. There are about 20 institutions within a 50-mile radius of Katy.