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Undergraduate Program Approval Process

The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) has statutory authority to approve new academic programs at state colleges and universities. KRS 164.020 (15) empowers the Council to define and approve the offering of all postsecondary education technical, associate, baccalaureate, graduate, and professional degree, certificate, or diploma programs in the public postsecondary education institutions.


2018 Submission Deadlines for New Academic Programs

New Program
Approval Process Flow Chart

UK Substantive Change Checklist

Program Approval


Click here to view the full SACSCOC Substantive Change Policy

Click here to view the UK Policy on Reporting Substantive Change to SACSCOC

Click here to view the UK Protocol for CIP Selection and Review


CIP CodesCIP Codes - Classification of Instructional Programs

UK's Protocol for CIP Selection & Review

UK CIP Inventory


University SenateUK Program Review Inventory
University Senate


KPPPS Guest Access Visit the Kentucky CPE website to see pre-proposals under review.


CPE Stronger by degrees (2016-2021)


New Program Proposal Forms

CPE Form
• Senate Undergraduate Certificate form.

Additional Forms & Resources