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13b.02.03.00.htm 13B.02.03.00. Title 13B MARYLAND HIGHER EDUCATION COMMISSION Subtitle 02 ACADEMIC REGULATIONS Chapter 03 Academic Programs ― Degree-Granting Institutions Authority: Education Article, Titles 11 and 16, Annotated Code of Maryland
13b.02.03.01.htm 13B.02.03.01. 01 Scope.. This chapter sets forth requirements for program development by all institutions of higher education, including public, independent, private for-profit, 2-year, and 4-year institutions.
13b.02.03.02.htm 13B.02.03.02. 02 Definitions.. A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1) “Area of concentration” means a sequential arrangement of courses within a program that:. a) At the associate’s level is at least 12 semester credit hours, and not greater than 30 semester credit hours;b) At the bachelor’s level is at least 24 semester credit hours;. c) At the master’s level is at least 12 semester credit hours above the bachelor’s degree; and.
13b.02.03.02-1.htm 13B.02.03.02-1. 02-1 Program Review Fees.. A. Except as provided in §C of this regulation, each institution of higher education shall pay an academic program review fee for each program review action as provided in this regulation.B. The following schedule sets forth the fees for academic program review actions.. Category. Actions Covered. Fee. No Fee. Articulation Agreement Code Change Request for Proposal from Community College. Nominal Fee. Discontinued Program Suspend Program Reactivate Pr
13b.02.03.03.htm 13B.02.03.03. 03 Statutory Authority of the Commission Regarding Academic Program Review, Approval, and Recommendation.A. The Commission shall review program proposals for public institutions, independent institutions, and private for-profit institutions of higher education.B. For public institutions, the Commission shall review and approve or disapprove program proposals for:1) New programs; and. 2) Substantial modifications.. C. For independent institutions and private for-pr
13b.02.03.03-1.htm 13B.02.03.03-1. 03-1 Review of Extant Curricular Offerings as an area of Concentration at Community Colleges.. A. In this regulation, “sequential arrangement” means an arrangement of approved courses comprising between 12 and 30 semester hours offered by a community college on or before June 30, 2014.B. A community college that has publicized a sequential arrangement as an “option” for students may submit a program proposal as provided in §C of this regulation to have the
13b.02.03.04.htm 13B.02.03.04. 04 Delegation of Program Responsibility.. A. The Commission has delegated to the Secretary the responsibility and authority to act in its behalf on program proposals for new programs and substantial modifications submitted by institutions of higher education operating in Maryland under Education Article, §11-206 and 11-206.1, Annotated Code of Maryland.B. Delegation Subject to Conditions and Limitations.. 1) The Secretary shall prepare and present a report to the Commission at ea
13b.02.03.05.htm 13B.02.03.05. 05 Long-Term Goals.. Four long-term goals, quality, access and choice, accountability, and HBI enhancement, guide the Commission's program approval responsibilities, with each goal having the following focus:A. Quality shall focus on the effectiveness of institutional actions, including:. 1) The extent to which an institution fulfills its stated mission;. 2) The centrality of a proposed program to the institution's approved mission; and. 3) The adherence of a pro
13b.02.03.06.htm 13B.02.03.06. 06 Criteria for Program Review.. A program proposal shall address the following areas:. A. Centrality to mission and planning priorities, relationship to the program emphasis as outlined in the mission statements, and an institutional priority for program development;B. Critical and compelling regional or Statewide need as identified in the State Plan;. C. Quantifiable and reliable evidence and documentation of market supply and demand in the region and service area;
13b.02.03.07.htm 13B.02.03.07. 07 Mission and Planning Priorities.. A. A program proposal submitted by an institution that is central to the institution's mission statement is eligible for approval or recommendation for implementation.B. A proposed program shall be:. 1) Central to the institution’s mission;. 2) Related to the program emphasis as outlined in the mission statement;. 3) An institutional priority for program development consistent with the institution’s strategic planning process; and
13b.02.03.08.htm 13B.02.03.08. 08 Need for the Proposed Program.. A. A proposed program shall meet a critical and compelling regional or Statewide need as identified in the State Plan.B. A program proposal shall clearly demonstrate demand and need for the program in terms of meeting present and future needs of the region and the State in general. Four kinds of needs may be identified:1) The need for the advancement and evolution of knowledge;. 2) Societal needs, including expanding educational
13b.02.03.09.htm 13B.02.03.09. 09 Duplication of the Proposed Program.. A. The elimination of unreasonable program duplication is a high priority. Ordinarily, proposed programs in undergraduate core programs consisting of basic liberal arts and sciences disciplines are not considered unnecessarily duplicative. Unreasonable duplication is a more specific concern in vocational/technical, occupational, graduate, and professional programs which meet special manpower needs. The issue of how a prop
13b.02.03.10.htm 13B.02.03.10. 10 Adequacy of Curriculum Design, Program Modality, and Related Learning Outcomes.. A. A program shall be established and overseen by qualified faculty.. B. Faculty members in relevant disciplines in collaboration with other appropriate institutional personnel shall participate in the design of courses.C. The presence of a structured and coherent program of study with clearly delineated program objectives and intended student learning outcomes shall be evident.
13b.02.03.11.htm 13B.02.03.11. 11 Faculty Resources.. A. Faculty resources shall be consistent with COMAR 13B.02.02.17 and shall be adequate and appropriate for a proposed program, taking into consideration the institution's mission and the character of the program to be developed.B. The minimum educational attainment of the faculty shall be the appropriate degree commensurate with the degree level of the proposed program.C. The doctorate is the appropriate terminal degree for bachelor’s and grad
13b.02.03.12.htm 13B.02.03.12. 12 Library Resources.. A. Library resources shall be consistent with COMAR 13B.02.02.18 and appropriate to support the proposed program, whether it is to be offered on-site or at an off-campus location.B. Appropriate library resources may be achieved through one or more of the following:. 1) On-site collections;. 2) Interlibrary loans; or. 3) Computerized access to holdings in other in-State or out-of-State libraries.. C. When formal, cooperative arrangements with othe
13b.02.03.13.htm 13B.02.03.13. 13 Physical Facilities and Instructional Equipment.. A. For new programs offered at an institution’s principal location, the institution shall ensure that:1) Physical facilities, infrastructure, and instructional equipment are consistent with COMAR 13B.02.02.20, and adequate to initiate the new program;2) Spaces are provided for classrooms and for staff and faculty offices; and. 3) Laboratories for studies in the technologies and sciences are designed to provide maximum utiliza
13b.02.03.14.htm 13B.02.03.14. 14 Finances.. A. The resource requirements of a program shall be consistent with COMAR 13B.02.02.21, and analyzed by the Commission in order to assess the adequacy of the sources of funds to support a quality program. This analysis shall:1) Ensure that the program will be efficient in its resource utilization; and. 2) Assess the impact of the program on the institution's overall need for funds.. B. The institution shall complete forms supplied by the Commission concerni
13b.02.03.15.htm 13B.02.03.15. 15 Adequacy of Provisions for Evaluation of Programs.. A. An institution shall set forth instructional supervision and evaluation procedures for each program. These procedures may include evaluation of courses and faculty by students, administrators, and departmental personnel.B. Curriculum review procedures established by an institution for its program offerings shall:. 1) Include standards and guidelines for the assessment of student outcomes as defined for the program;
13b.02.03.16.htm 13B.02.03.16. 16 Minority Student Access.. An institution shall set forth appropriate actions and strategies to recruit and retain underrepresented minority students for each new program consistent with:A. Provisions of the State Plan regarding minority student access; and. B. The institution’s program of cultural diversity..
13b.02.03.17.htm 13B.02.03.17. 17 Low Productivity Programs.. A. Every 2 years, the Commission shall identify low productivity programs at public institutions.. B. If an identified low productivity program is directly related to a proposed new program, in its program proposal the institution shall address:1) The fiscal resources, including faculty, administration, library resources, and general operating expenses, currently devoted to the low productivity program; and
13b.02.03.18.htm 13B.02.03.18. 18 Cooperative Programs.. A. The Commission encourages institutions to:. 1) Explore the opportunities for cooperation with other institutions, within a segment and between segments, offering similar programs; and2) Document the extent to which cooperative arrangements have been explored.. B. An institution considering a new program or a substantial modification is encouraged to explore cooperative development of these program initiatives.C. The institution shall
13b.02.03.19.htm 13B.02.03.19. 19 Parallel Programs and Recommended Transfer Programs.. A. Community colleges and public 4-year institutions of higher education may have parallel programs that have comparable objectives. For example, a transfer program in psychology in a community college is considered a parallel program to a bachelor’s program in psychology at a public 4-year institution of higher education.B. If a parallel program exists at a community college and a public 4-year institution, the public 4
13b.02.03.20.htm 13B.02.03.19. 20 Off-Campus Programs.. A. Waiver of On-Campus Requirement.. 1) An off-campus program may be approved only if there is already an existing on-campus program unless a waiver of the on-campus requirement is approved by the Secretary pursuant to this section.2) The Secretary shall grant a waiver if the Secretary finds that the program:. a) Meets the requirements of a new program under Education Article, §11-206, Annotated Code of Maryland, and the requirements of this chapter; and
13b.02.03.21.htm 13B.02.03.21. 21 Closed Sites.. A. An in-State institution maintaining full and unconditional accreditation from an accrediting association recognized by the United States Department of Education and approval from the Commission may respond to the request of a sponsoring agent to offer a previously approved program at an off-campus site selected by the sponsoring agent solely for the sponsoring agent’s employees by submitting a letter of notification to the Secretary.B. A letter of notificati
13b.02.03.22.htm 13B.02.03.22. 22 Distance Education.. A. An institution may not utilize distance education as a program modality unless the institution:. 1) As of January 1, 2018, offers at least one distance education program that has been approved by the Commission and that has received appropriate designation from the institutional accreditor; or2) Is designated by the Secretary, under §B of this regulation, as an institution eligible to provide distance education.
13b.02.03.23.htm 13B.02.03.23. 23 Consultant Review.. A. In reviewing a program proposal, Commission staff shall discuss the proposal with institutional or segmental personnel involved with the program.B. If the Secretary determines that additional expertise is needed to evaluate a program, the Secretary may retain one or more outside consultants.C. The Secretary and the institutional or segmental administrators shall agree on the selection of a consultant and on an appropriate time frame.
13b.02.03.24.htm 13B.02.03.24. 24 Degree Programs.. A. Degree Levels.. 1) The degree levels described in this regulation are available to institutions in this State, as approved in accordance with COMAR 13B.02.02.10.2) Public community colleges and senior public higher education institutions shall comply with the credit hour standards of COMAR 13B.02.02.16A(1) and B(1)B. Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.. 1) An institution may award an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S. degree for successful completion
13b.02.03.25.htm 13B.02.03.25. 25 Certificate Programs.. A. The following certificates are available to institutions in this State, as approved in accordance with COMAR 13B.02.02.10.B. An institution may award:. 1) A lower division certificate for successful completion of at least 12 semester credit hours at the freshman or sophomore levels, or both.2) An upper division certificate for successful completion of at least 12 semester credit hours at the junior or senior levels, or both.3) A post-baccalaureate c
13b.02.03.26.htm 13B.02.03.26. 26 Health Occupation Shortage and Statewide Programs.. A. Health Occupation Shortage Programs.. 1) Any student who is a resident of this State and enrolls at a community college in a program that the Commission has designated as a health occupation shortage program, shall pay only the student tuition and fees payable by a resident of a county that supports the community college, and the Commission shall pay any applicable out-of-county fee.2) The Maryland Departmen
13b.02.03.27.htm 13B.02.03.27. 27 Steps in the Program Review Process.. A. Submission of a Program Proposal.. 1) If a proposed program can be implemented using existing resources, the program proposal may be submitted simultaneously to the institution’s governing board and the Secretary. Otherwise, the program proposal will be approved by the appropriate governing board before submission to the Secretary.2) A program proposal from a public institution must provide documentation as required by Education
13b.02.03.28.htm 13B.02.03.28. 28 Review by The Commission.. A. Request for Review.. 1) Subject to the requirements of §B of this regulation, the Commission shall review a decision of the Secretary on a program proposal at the request of the president of an institution as provided in this section.2) If the Secretary disapproves or does not recommend a program, the president of the proposing institution may ask the Commission to review the Secretary’s decision.3) If the Secretary approves or recommends a progr
13b.02.03.29.htm 13B.02.03.29. 29 Change of Program Modality.. A. Subject to COMAR 13B.02.03.22, an institution that has received approval to operate a program may add, change, suspend, or discontinue a program modality if the institution provides advance notice to the Commission in accordance with §B of this regulation.B. An institution’s notice to the Commission shall include:. 1) The name and degree of the program;. 2) The HEGIS and CIP code of the program;. 3) A description of, and rationale for, the additi
13b.02.03.9999.htm 13B.02.03.9999. Administrative History Effective date: July 1, 1980 (7:13 Md. R. 1280). Chapter recodified from COMAR 13.50.05 to 13B.02.03. Regulations .01―14, Minimum Requirements for Degree-Granting 2-Year Colleges, repealed effective December 14, 1987 (14:25 Md. R. 2662) ―Regulations .01―16, Minimum Requirements for Associate Degree-Granting Institutions, adopted effective December 14, 1987 (14:25 Md. R. 2662)Regulation .02B amended effective April 17, 1989 (16:7 Md. R. 812) ―.
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