Examples of New Programs
The Quality Council offers the following examples to help define what constitutes a “new program” versus a “major modification:”
- A university has a major program in Spanish that focuses on language, and wishes to create a program in Spanish Studies that focuses on cultural studies. The Spanish Studies program would be viewed as a new program.
- A university has a major program in Sociology, and wishes to create a program in Social Justice and Equity Studies that incorporates courses from other disciplines and requires the creation of new courses. The Social Justice and Equity Studies program would be viewed as a new program.
- A university has a minor program in X and wishes to create a major. The new major would be viewed as a new program.
- A university has an approved Master’s program in Community Health Sciences offered by a department in a Faculty of Medicine; it wishes to offer an accredited program in Public Health that would draw on multidisciplinary expertise from Social Sciences, Philosophy, Nutrition and Statistics, as well as from expertise in Medicine. The Public Health program would be regarded as a new program, whatever its designation (e.g., MHSc or MPH).
- A university has an approved BA program in Geography with a specialty available in Human Geography. As an extension of its strength in human geography and as a way of involving faculty from other disciplines, it now wishes to offer a program in Planning, with specialties in both Urban and Rural Planning. The new BA in Planning would be regarded as a new program.
- A university offers a BA in Linguistics. It now wishes to offer a BSc in order to draw on its growing research strength in Neurolinguistics. The BSc would be viewed as a new program.
- Chemistry has a field in Nano Applications, and it now wishes to establish a program in Nanoscience, in collaboration with other Departments, and involving existing courses from the other Departments, as well as several new courses. The Nanoscience program would be viewed as a new program.
- A university has an EdD in Education, and it wishes to offer a PhD with a requirement for a dissertation. The latter would be viewed as a new program.
- A university wants to add a Graduate Diploma in Engineering composed of existing courses. The new GDip would be a new program (requiring only an Expedited Approval from the Quality Council).
- A university offers an MBA program, and wishes to offer in addition a Master of Financial Administration. Students could then choose which designation they wish to receive. The courses, learning outcomes and teaching faculty have not changed. This would not be viewed as a new program.
- A university has several approved programs in Mathematics (Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics), which it wishes to combine into one Major in Mathematics. This would not be viewed as a new program.
- A university has a Business program (BComm) for which it is seeking accreditation. It must have X number of courses taught by faculty with a PhD. A significant number of new hires are therefore required. This would not be viewed as a new program.
Following are a sample of related questions and the answers given by Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU):
- An existing masters program wanted to change two out of the three participating departments. MCU: This was considered to be a new program as there appeared to be a significant change to the program: the program became a professional program, tuition increased, and two of the three participating departments changed.
- A new Honours BA program in Health Administration was reported as a variant of the existing Honours BA program in Health Studies and was not submitted for approval. The two programs were distinct with different outcomes and courses. Also, this new program did not replace the existing Health Studies program. MCU: The BA program in Health Administration was deemed to be a brand new program with distinct courses and outcomes. MCU explained that, although the Health Administration program shared a few courses with the approved Health Studies program, it was a brand new program that needed to go to the Ministry for approval.
- A Bachelor of Technology program added on two separate program designations (Biotechnology and Automotive and Vehicle Technology). The institution asked if the addition of program designations required approval. MCU: Both MCU and the institution decided it was a brand new program and required approval from the Ministry.
- A program changed from a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts to a Bachelor of Fine Arts. The institution was unsure if this was considered a new program and asked for clarification. MCU: The new BFA was to be reported as a new program as: (1) There would be a change in the Basic Income Unit (BIU) in the first year which affects operating grant funding; and (2) the program was originally reported as “core” and so did not require/receive approval. Once it became non-core, it required approval.
- Two BA programs were merged into a single BA program. Objectives, outcomes and BIU would remain the same and the courses were similar. MCU: It was decided that this program could be reported in the Program Development Report and note the closing of the original programs and the merge.