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Curriculum Office – New Degrees and Certificates

Notebook

New AAS degrees and certificates development occurs under the oversight of the discipline/program SAC.  New degrees and certificates must have internal and state approval before being offered.

Prior to developing a new degree or certificate, the sponsoring faculty and/or dean must complete the Preliminary Review form and obtain all required signatures. This review is intended to ensure that the concept for the program and necessary structures are discussed and approved by all appropriate parties in advance of program development. This form is separate from the curriculum approval process, and should be completed or nearly completed prior to beginning work with the Curriculum Office to develop the formal degree or certificate proposal. New degree or certificate proposals cannot be put on the Degrees and Certificates agenda until the Preliminary Review form, with all required signatures, is completed and returned to the Curriculum Office by the sponsoring faculty and deans. Questions about this procedure should be directed to the Dean of Academic Affairs (ann.cary@pcc.edu).

The New Degree/Certificate Process:

  • Complete the Preliminary Review Form. New proposals will not be placed on the Degrees and Certificates agenda until the Preliminary Review form, with all required signatures, is completed and returned to the Curriculum Office by the sponsoring faculty and deans.
  • Log into Courseleaf through the Faculty tab in MyPCC. Under Tools on the right hand side, click Degree and Certificate Management.
  • Follow the prompts to complete the proposal.
  • Save and submit to workflow in Courseleaf for review and recommendation by the SAC Chair and Program Dean.
  • Once the Program Dean has reviewed and recommended the item, it will be placed on the next available Degree and Certificate Committee Meeting.
  • The Degree & Certificate Committee (DAC) may recommend the program for approval as proposed, amend the proposal and recommend or postpone for further review.
  • Once recommended by the DAC, the program must be recommended by the Pathway Dean, EAC Chair, Dean of Academic Affairs, VP of Academic Affairs, and approved by the District President and the PCC Board.  The program must then be approved by the state.
  • Implementation: The SAC will be notified when the course has completed the entire process. At that point, the SAC may advertise the program, and the curriculum staff will input the program details into the catalog, web application, etc.

How long will it take until the degree/certificate is available?

  • A new degree or certificate request will take a minimum of eight months and/or three terms to complete the approval process and be available to advertise and schedule. View a more detailed timeline of deadlines.

Other curricular items to note:

  • Sub 100-level courses cannot be used in:
    • The first 12 credits of a less-than-one-year certificate
    • The first 45 credits of a one-year certificate
    • The first 61 credits of the two-year certificate
    • The first 90 credits of an AAS degree
  • Other documents that may be needed in the process