Academic Program Development
The Office of the Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (OPIE) provides support and guidance for establishing and modifying academic programs (certificates and degrees) and efficiently guiding the proposals through institutional review and approval process. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) is Virginia’s coordinating body for higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and oversees the approval of all academic programs at public institutions in Virginia. Virginia State University’s compliance with the SCHEV Academic Program Approval Policy and procedures is coordinated by the institution’s SCHEV Liaison, Dr. Veronica Powell Shuford.
Academic program actions require the approval and signature of the following individuals before the proposal enters the institutional review and approval process:
1) Department Curriculum Committee Chair;
2) Department Chair;
3) College Curriculum Committee Chair; and the
4) Dean of the College.
Additionally, some academic program actions may require notification or approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Please direct questions to the SCHEV Liaison.