Who can create a new program at UFV?
Faculty members are central to the creation of new academic programs. A department or school will often spearhead an initiative, but UFV also encourages faculty from various areas to work together to design innovative, interdisciplinary programs.
University-wide discussion groups that are formed around specific themes or areas of program focus (such as those identified in the Strategic Enrolment Management Plan) may also generate ideas or plans for new programs.
If you are interested in developing a new program:
- notify your dean early of your intention
- in the case of a graduate program, also notify the AVP Research, Engagement and Graduate Studies (AVP REGS)
- contact the Program Development Office (PDO) for information about the process and to discuss options
Form a Program Working Group (PWG)
Fill out the PWG approval form: undergraduate program or PWG approval form: graduate program and present to the dean(s) who will have administrative responsibility for the program. For graduate programs, also submit it to the AVP REGS.
In the case that a program draws resources from more than one Faculty/College beyond the provision of service courses, the deans involved will decide who will assume administrative responsibility for the program, and whether administrative responsibility will be shared by more than one Faculty/College.
The PWG should consist of a minimum of three faculty members with teaching or research expertise in the subject area, normally permanent UFV faculty members. If a new program is entirely discipline-based, at least one additional member from another discipline with teaching or research expertise in the subject area or related area should be included.
A Reference Group may also be formed at the PWG's discretion. A reference group includes faculty members or others who can act as a resource for the PWG at the concept paper stage or during the development of the full program proposal. The PWG chair will ensure liaison with the reference group.
Refer to PWG membership and duties of the Chair for more information.
How can the PDO help?
We provide assistance and advice to faculty, staff and administrators at all stages of program development. We can help you:
- brainstorm on what makes for an innovative and successful program
- clarify issues related to policies, procedures, and regulations related to review and approval
- conduct research on student demand, labour market need, and employment opportunities
- identify comparable programs at other institutions and explore opportunities for collaboration
- analyze budgetary implications
- write the concept paper and program proposal
- take care of logistical details (schedule meetings and record meeting notes)
- track the proposal through the review and approval process. See the Approval Process Chart for an overview. See the Admin Guide: new undergraduate program approval process or Admin Guide: new graduate program approval process for details about the internal submission process
In general, we try to provide just-in-time help based on the particular needs of each PWG.
Contact us early to take full advantage of the service we offer.
Dr. Bruce Kirkley or Dr. Fiona McQuarrie, Acting Program Development and Quality Assurance Coordinators
Lori Fowler, Program Development Assistant
See Develop a concept paper