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Academic Planning & Policy

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The University of Texas System Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) is committed to providing guidance and support to UT academic institutions in academic planning, policy, and program review. The approval process for academic program proposals and changes ensures that all UT degree programs are of the highest quality and are designed to improve long-term academic and professional outcomes for our students. 

UT System provides several resources to assist academic administrators in these processes, as well as additional information from the Board of Regents, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC).

New Certificate & Degree Program Proposals

Institutions must provide specific research and documentation in order to submit proposals for new degree programs and new certificates based on requirements from the Board of Regents and the THECB. Please also note additional resources provided for distance and self-supporting program requests.

Change Requests

OAA is responsible for reviewing several different change requests including:


All UT institutions conduct regular accreditation compliance reports and resources are available from UT and by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) to assist with this process.

Existing Ph.D. Program Review

Ph.D. programs at UT institutions must undergo regular external review and submit a report that includes a summary of the self-study, the full external review, and the institution’s review response. Once complete, the report is submitted to the OAA for consideration.

Blended & Online Learning

Flexible blended and online education has become an essential component of a 21st century education and OAA is committed to supporting these programs to improve student success.

Texas Degree Programs & Data

Institutions can use the THECB Program Inventory and Accountability System to research existing degree programs throughout the state of Texas.