Academic Planning & Policy


Academic Planning and Policy

The following resources are available to assist academic administrators in making specific requests for changes to degree programs and new degree programs to the UT System Board of Regents. Also included below is a link to information about the requirements associated with external reviews of existing Ph.D. programs.


Degree Program Search

Find a specific degree program at any level: baccalaureate, master's, doctoral, and professional.


Proposing New Degree Programs

The University of Texas System Office of Academic Affairs is responsible for working with the academic campuses on new academic degree programs and certificates.


Changes to Existing Degree Programs

Approval by the Office of Academic Affairs is required for changes to an existing degree program that trigger THECB approval or notification.


Existing Ph.D. Program Reviews

Concurrently with the THECB staff and following the schedule established by the THECB, UT System staff in the Office of Academic Affairs will review Ph.D. program self-studies, external reviewers’ reports and the institutional responses.


Resources for Accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC)

Laws, Regents’ Rules, and other resources for completing some of the general portions of an institution’s compliance certification report.


Mission Statement Review and Approval

 The Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Regents approves changes to an institution’s mission statement.


Administrative Unit Change Request

 To establish a new college, school, or department or to change the name of an existing college, school, or department requires review and approval by the UT System.


Admission Policy Amendments

Amendments to an institution's admissions policies, both undergraduate and graduate, must be reviewed by the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. If approved, the amendments must receive final approval by the Board of Regents via the Consent Agenda.