Program Approvals & Program Changes

The Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (OSPIE) works in cooperation with the University Senate, the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), and the Southern Association of Colleges and School Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to ensure that all new program proposals and program changes adhere to the policies of procedures set forth by these groups. 



Program Approval Process

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.

This guide will help you to navigate the University of Kentucky (UK) and Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) approval processes for new academic programs. Resources include: information about CIP codes, forms, degree inventory, and important contacts.


Program Change

All program changes are required to be evaluated for compliance with SACSCOC's substantive change policy. In addition, OSPIE monitors program changes and reports some program modifications to Kentucky's Academic Program Inventory.

Resources included: Link to Substantive Change Forms, Link to Senate Forms, Substantive Change Policy, and Teach-out Plan. 


About CPE

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary EducationThe Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) is a statewide coordinating agency that oversees change and improvement in Kentucky's postsecondary education system as directed by the Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act of 1997.


CPE Overview
Learn about the mission, membership, meetings, activity reports, bylaws, and policies.
View the organizational chart and relationships with other agencies.
Learn about the strategic agenda for Kentucky postsecondary and adult education system.
Learn about academic programs and initiatives to promote education reform in Kentucky.
Learn about policies about academic programs at Kentucky institutions, including new academic approval, degree program eligibility, and new extended campus offerings.