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Degrees: Authorization to Plan (ATP)

Degrees: Authorization to Plan (ATP)

The first step in creating a degree program is to consult with OVPAE and then complete the Authorization to Plan (ATP). This brief planning document summarizes the overall purpose and structure of the degree, and ensures that the necessary consultation between faculty, deans, and administration has taken place. Once the ATP is submitted by the Dean using the appropriate memo template, OVPAE will manage the remainder of the review and approval process, including interfacing with the UH System Office of the Vice President for Academic Planning and Policy.

Programs with a distance education component may be subject to additional review and requirements. Please review the distance education process to determine whether additional action is needed.

Please be mindful of the various deadlines that may impact the review, approval, and implementation process.


Step 1: Unit Consults with OVPAE

Dean and Chair arrange meeting the VPAE and Director of Program Development and Review to discuss planned proposal. Upon successful consultation, email the Authorization to Plan (ATP) document as well as the completed memo created using the memo template to
OVPAE will manage the remainder of the review and approval process.

Step 2: OVPAE Reviews (including Grad Division Review)

The Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Excellence will evaluate the proposal for content and format. For graduate programs, OVPAE will send the proposal to Graduate Division to manage the review process. Graduate Division will send back approved proposals to OVPAE for review and approval.

Step 3: UH Officers Review

The proposal will be presented to the UH Officers for discussion and review. Upon completion of the UH Officers’ review, the proposal is returned to OVPAE.

Step 4: Council of Chief Academic Officers Review

OVPAE will present the proposal to the Council of Chief Academic Officers, for approval by CCAO and the Vice President for Academic Strategy.

Step 5: Provost Reviews & Approves

The Provost will evaluate the proposed action and determine if it fits within the institution’s goals and mission. Upon successful review, the Provost will approve the proposal and return to OVPAE for distribution.