Program Proposal and Review

Arkansas Code Annotated §6‑61‑208 charges the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) with the responsibility to evaluate proposals for all new units of instruction, research, and public service, consistent with established role and scope designations, and to approve programs and organizational units based on established policies.  

The Coordinating Board is not required to consider reasonable and moderate extensions of existing curricular, research, and public service programs at the public institutions of higher education.  Thus, the Coordinating Board has granted oversight authority to the Director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) to monitor these activities and notify the Board at its regular meetings. State general revenues cannot be expended for new programs or units that are not approved by the Coordinating Board.

This page sets forth the relevant criteria and compliance procedures for the staff of ADHE and administrators and faculty members of the public colleges and universities. 

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If you have additional questions regarding new or current academic proposals, please contact us or 501-371-2038