III-7.03 RESOLUTION REGARDING ACTION BY THE BOARD OF REGENTS TO DELEGATE TO THE CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF MARYLAND THE AUTHORITY TO APPROVE CERTAIN PROGRAM ACTIONS (As recommended by the Committee on Education Policy, June 18, 2003) WHEREAS Section 11-206.1(b) and 12-106(c) and (d) of the Education Article of the Maryland Code Annotated authorize the Board of Regents to review and to approve each proposal for a new program and a substantial expansion, curtailment, or discontinuance of any existing program submitted by a President of a USM institution; and WHEREAS Section 11-206.1(b)(2) directs the Board to ensure that any new program (1) is consistent with the institution's adopted mission statement, (2) meets criteria for the quality of new programs, developed in consultation with MHEC, and (3) can be implemented within the existing program resources of the institution, and WHEREAS Section 11-206.1(b)(3) directs the Board to complete its review and approval of new programs within 60 days if the program meets the above criteria; and WHEREAS Section 12-104(k)(1) allows the Board to delegate any part of its authority to the Chancellor; and WHEREAS the Board wishes to adopt a procedure for the review and approval of proposed program actions that facilitates the process of modifying the institutional program inventories in order to meet changing student demands and environmental needs; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS FOLLOWS: (1) The Board of Regents hereby delegates to the Chancellor the authority to approve any new academic program leading to the award of a graduate or undergraduate certificate, any new BTPS program, any substantial expansion or modification of an existing academic program, and any discontinuances of existing degree programs in accordance with Section 11.206.1 and USM Policy III-7.02. New degree programs shall continue to require action by the Board of Regents as stipulated in USM Policy III-7.01. (2) In accordance with Section 11-206.1(b)(2), new programs shall be consistent with the established mission of the institution, shall meet criteria for quality, and shall be able to be implemented within the existing program resources of the institution. (3) In accordance with Section 11-206.1(b)(3), the Chancellor's review and approval or disapproval shall be given within 60 days if the program meets stated criteria. (4) If the Chancellor disapproves a program proposal, then the proposing institution shall be entitled, within 15 calendar days after the date of the notice of disapproval, to request formal review by the Board through its Committee on Education Policy. The institution will withdraw its proposal from MHEC pending results of the appeal to the Board. (5) If an objection to a proposed new program is filed either by the Maryland Higher Education Commission or by any Maryland institution of higher education within 30 days of the Commission's receipt of notice of an institution's intent to establish a new program, on the basis of (a) inconsistency of the proposed program with the institution's mission (b) unreasonable program duplication which would cause demonstrable harm to another institution, and/or (c) violation of the State's equal educational opportunity obligations under State and federal law, in accordance with Section 11-206.1(c), and if the Commission upon review of supporting evidence finds the objection to be justified, the Chancellor shall work with the President of the proposing institution and the Commission to resolve the objection. (6) The Chancellor shall present to the Board in each fall semester a report summarizing program actions taken during the past academic year.