Full Template

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Steps to Start a Proposal

  1. Review the policy on Bachelor Degrees, Graduate Degrees and Undergraduate Certificates (30+ hours)
  2. Proposal/Required Documents
    1. Fill out the Proposal Template
    2. Collect letters of support from participating areas (this may include college(s), library, etc.)
    3. Include NWCCU document
  3. Submit Proposal and Supporting Documents to curriculum@utah.edu by deadline (10 business days before council meeting)
  4. The proposal will go through the following Approval Process:
    1. College Curriculum Committee
      1. Including Faculty Consultation & College Review
    2. Undergraduate and/or Graduate Council
    3. Executive Committee/Academic Senate
    4. Board of Trustees
    5. Board of Regents
    6. NWCCU
  5. You will be notified of final approval at this point you may begin operations


The Full Template should be used for the Undergraduate Certificate (30+ hours), Bachelor Degree, and Graduate Degree.

*Proposals not following these instructions may be sent back for revisions and if all needed areas are not included before it can be sent to the Undergraduate or Graduate Council. This may delay when you can begin offering the new degree.

**1-2 individuals will be asked to present the proposal at the Undergraduate/Graduate Council and at the Executive Committee/Academic Senate.


  1. Formal style, using third person
  2. Arial Narrow 12-point font, single-spaced. Remove italics when using templates
  3. Have 1" margins
  4. Must be saved as a Microsoft Word document

Proposal must include the following:

  • Cover/Signature Page - Complete the items requested at the top of the page, INCLUDING SELECTING a CIP Code.
  • Executive Summary - The executive summary must not exceed two (2) pages.
  • Program Description - Complete the sections requested, removing the descriptive italics and replacing them with the content of the proposal.
  • Faculty Consultation - Each proposal must include a description of the process by which faculty in the participating departments or programs were consulted in the preparation of the proposal. Please insert this information in Section 2, Program Description, Institutional Readiness.
  • 66% by 2020 - Include 1-3 sentences that describes how this proposal will help the University of Utah meet the Governor's call that 66% of Utahns will have a post secondary degree or certificate by 2020. Please insert under Market Demand section. Click here for more description of 66% of 2020.
  • Additional Required Documents  - (Click HERE)

Prepare the Full Template Word document (no PDF formats). Begin each of the three sections (Cover/Signature Page, Executive Summary, and Program Description) at the top of a new page. When descriptions of the content required for each section appear in italics, the italics are to be removed before the institution submits the proposal to OCHE.

Submit the complete Full Template to curriculum@utah.edu and it will be distributed to the Undergraduate and/or Graduate Council, as appropriate.