Sample Program Proposal Brief

A template created by the Quality Council may be adapted to meet the needs of an institution’s approved IQAP. However, the information requested in this template is the minimum required to meet the criteria specified in the Quality Assurance Framework. It is anticipated that institutions will have additional information required in their IQAPs, and that information is welcomed by the Quality Council in the university’s submission.

For details on additional information that MCU may require for funding purposes, please refer to the annual MCU memo “Call for Program Approval Submissions.”

1.  Introduction

1.1  Objectives of the program (Section 2.1.1)

[Describe the consistency of the program with the institution’s mission and academic plans.

Also describe the program’s requirements and associated Learning Outcomes in addressing the institution’s own undergraduate or graduate Degree Level Expectations, and the degree nomenclature.]

1.2  Admission requirements (Section 2.1.2)

[Describe the program’s admission requirements for the Learning Outcomes established for completion of the program.

Explain any alternative requirements, if any, for admission into an undergraduate, graduate or second-entry program, such as minimum grade-point average, additional languages or portfolios, along with how the program recognizes prior work or learning experience.]

1.3  Structure (Section 2.1.3)

[Describe the program’s structure and regulations to meet specified program Learning Outcomes and Degree Level Expectations.

For graduate programs, provide a clear rationale for program length that ensures that the program requirements can be reasonably completed within the proposed time period.]

1.4  Program content (Section 2.1.4)

[Describe the ways in which the curriculum addresses the current state of the discipline or area of study.

Identify any unique curriculum or program innovations or creative components.

For research-focused graduate programs, provide a clear indication of the nature and suitability of the major research requirements for degree completion.

Provide evidence[1] that each graduate student in the program is required to take a minimum of two-thirds of the course requirements from among graduate level courses.]

1.5  Mode of delivery (Section 2.1.5)

[Describe the proposed mode(s) of delivery to meet the intended program learning outcomes and Degree Level Expectations.]

1.6  Assessment of teaching and learning (Section 2.1.6)

[Describe the proposed methods for the assessment of student achievement of the intended program learning outcomes and Degree Level Expectations.

Detail the plans for documenting and demonstrating the level of performance of students, consistent with the institution’s statement of its Degree Level Expectations.]

1.7  Resources for the proposed program (Section 2.1.7)

[Describe the administrative unit’s planned utilization of existing human, physical and financial resources, and any institutional commitment to supplement those resources, to support the program.

Provide evidence of participation of a sufficient number and quality of faculty who are competent to teach and/or supervise in the program.

Provide evidence that there are adequate resources to sustain the quality of scholarship produced by undergraduate students as well as graduate students’ scholarship and research activities, including library support, information technology support, and laboratory access.]

1.8  Resources for graduate programs only (Section 2.1.8)

[Provide evidence2  that faculty have the recent research or professional/clinical expertise needed to sustain the program, promote innovation and foster an appropriate intellectual climate.

Where appropriate to the program, provide evidence that financial assistance for students will be sufficient to ensure adequate quality and numbers of students.

Provide evidence of how supervisory loads will be distributed, and the qualifications and appointment status of faculty who will provide instruction and supervision.]

1.9  Resources for undergraduate programs only (Section 2.1.9)

[Evidence of and planning for adequate numbers and quality of:

a)    faculty and staff to achieve the goals of the program; or
b)    of plans and the commitment to provide the necessary resources in step with the implementation of the program;
c)    planned/anticipated class sizes;
d)    providing supervision of experiential learning opportunities (if required); and
e)    the role of adjunct and part-time faculty.]

1.10  Quality and other indicators (Section 2.1.10)

[Define and provide indicators that provide evidence[2] of the quality of the faculty (e.g., qualifications, research, innovation and scholarly record; appropriateness of collective faculty expertise to contribute substantively to the proposed program).

Provide evidence of a program structure and faculty research that will ensure the intellectual quality of the student experience.]

1.11  Fields in a graduate program [optional](Section 3)

[If a graduate program wishes to have its field endorsed by the Quality Council, please provide the following information:]

The master’s program comprises the following fields: … [list, as applicable]

The PhD program comprises the following fields: … [list, as applicable]

Appendix 1

External reviewer(s)’ report (Section 2.2.7)

[Insert the report of the external reviewer(s).]

Appendix 2

Institutional response to the report of the external reviewer(s) (Section 2.2.8)

[Insert the institution’s response to the report of the external reviewer(s).]


  1. Including course requirements, with course numbers and course names.
  2. Faculty CVs provided should be in a standardized format, such as that used by one of the Tri-Councils.