Welcome to the Office of the Provost

Dr. Laura Woodworth-Ney

Program Proposal and Approval - Instructions and Information

     5-Year Plan

The Program Proposal and review process was created by the State Board of Education (SBOE) and is used to notify the Board and other state institutions of the intention to add new, modify existing, or discontinue degree programs or initiate other changes.  Additional instructions and forms are located at http://www.boardofed.idaho.gov/public_col_univ/program_approval.asp.

The Office of Academic Affairs oversees the submission of proposal forms to notify appropriate review committees – Undergraduate Curriculum Council, Research Council, Graduate Council, and Deans' Council – of the proposed changes.  Once the proposal has been approved by one or more of these Councils and Administration, it is forwarded to the Board for approval.

In addition to the Program Proposal form, ISU requires completion of a Resource Allocation and Impact Summary, which provides additional information pertaining to funding of the program and the impact of the program on institutional resources (e.g., Library, Information Technology Services, and Facilities Services).   

Both the Proposal Form/Budget Form and the Resource Allocation and Impact Summary must be completed with required signatures prior to being submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs by the college dean. The college dean is responsible for securing the necessary signatures from the Library, Information Technology Services, and Facility Services. Once all signatures are obtained, the dean's office will forward both a signed paper copy and an electronic copy (Word/Excel not pdf's) of the documents to the Office of Academic Affairs (Stop 8063). Complete the Program Proposal Routing Sheet and forward the proposal to the Office of Academic Affairs. An ISU Tracking Number will be assigned to the Proposal. Forward the electronic copy of the proposal to plumkell@isu.edu.



To expedite the review process, it is critical all required forms be complete and accurate.  Incomplete or inaccurate information may cause substantial delays as the documents will be returned to the originating college for completion and/or clarification.  Common oversights and omissions include:

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 282-2171.


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