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Office of the Provost

Pre-Authorization Requests

In keeping with national best practices, the Provost requires pre-authorization for academic programs initiated or substantively revised at the University of South Carolina. The Provost will be evaluating all Requests for fit with the strategic priorities of Academic Affairs and of the institution.

Requests must be approved by the Provost before a college/school submits a proposal in the APPS system for faculty governance approval.

When is Pre-Authorization required?

The following program actions requiring a Pre-Authorization include:

New Program Pre-Auth:

  • New degree program
  • New dual degree program
  • New joint degree program
  • Changes to CIP codes (triggers New Program proposal for CHE)
  • Raising a concentration to the level of a full degree 

New Certificates Pre-Auth:

  • New Certificates 

New Centers/Institutes Pre-Auth:

  • New Centers and Institutes including budget and Faculty Bio
  • Changing an entity from an “Initiative” to a “Center” or “Institute”

Program Modification Pre-Auth:

  • Merging multiple degrees into one degree (consolidations)
  • Splitting one degree into two degrees
  • Adding online delivery to a degree program
  • Adding a dual or joint degree option for an existing program

New Site or Site Modification Pre-Auth:

  • Offering a program at one or more new sites, domestic or international
  • Moving to more than 50% delivery of a program at an approved site

New Unit Pre-Auth

  • New academic or administrative units
  • Merging multiple academic units
  • Moving or rearranging academic unit structures in ways that involve budget and tenure lines

Pre-Authorization will NOT be required for:

  • Program or unit name changes, with little or no change in curriculum or structure
  • Adding concentrations to an existing degree
  • Changing degree designation (ME to MS; BA to BFA; etc.)
  • Combination degrees
  • New minors or changes to minors

Pre-Authorization Forms

The Academic Programs Office is charged with collecting the Request forms and facilitating communication between units and the Provost.  Pre-Authorization Requests will be tracked to ensure a response is given within two weeks of submission.

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