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 proposed program meets an institution's local and State area needs shall be addressed.
B. Evidence demonstrating that a proposed program is not duplicative of similar offerings in the State shall be submitted by the institution. At a minimum, this evidence shall be substantiated on the basis that the proposed program to be offered is not unreasonably duplicative of existing programs in a specific geographically proximate location in the State.
C. Determination of Duplication.
(1) In determining whether a program is unreasonably duplicative, the Secretary shall consider:
(a) The degree to be awarded;
(b) The area of specialization;
(c) The purpose or objectives of the program to be offered;
(d) The specific academic content of the program;
(e) Evidence of equivalent competencies of the proposed program in comparison to existing programs; and
(f) An analysis of the market demand for the program.
(2) The analysis shall include an examination of factors, including:
(a) Role and mission;
(c) Alternative means of educational delivery including distance education;
(d) Analysis of enrollment characteristics;
(e) Residency requirements;
(f) Admission requirements; and
(g) Educational justification for the dual operation of programs broadly similar to unique or high-demand programs at HBIs.