Establishment of a New College or School
Regents' Rule 40601 lays out the approval process for the establishment of various types of administrative units. The establishment of a college or school requires approval by the Board of Regents, upon recommendation of the president, the appropriate Executive Vice Chancellor, the Deputy Chancellor, and the Chancellor.
Proposals to establish a new college or school may be made in the form of a letter to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Proposals should include information about the reason for establishing the new unit, the internal structure of the unit (e.g., the departments and degree program housed in a new college) and a breakdown of any new costs anticipated for the first five years. Examples of costs include salary for a dean, any associate/assistant deans, and support staff. Please include the THECB's Administrative Change Form. The Office of Academic Affairs will notify the THECB once the Board of Regents or Executive Vice Chancellor takes action.
Submit all documents to the Academic Affairs Proposal Intake Form.
Establishment of New Department or Changes to an Existing Department
To establish a new department, or make changes to an existing department, requires approval by the academic institution's President (or designee) effective December 1, 2021. Approval of the establishment of a department or similar academic unit is delegated to the academic institution's President (or designee) effective December 1, 2021. This includes movement of degree programs across units. As long as the new department or changes to a department does not result in the establishment of a new college or school, these requests may be submitted directly to the THECB and should include the THECB's Administrative Change Form.
Administrative Unit Name Changes
Approval of the naming of a college, school, department, and other entity in honor of a donor or other individual shall be according to Regents' Rule 80307.
Approval of a non-substantive or non-honorific change to the name of an established college, school, or department is delegated to the academic institution's President (or designee) effective December 1, 2021. These requests may be submitted directly to the THECB and should include the THECB's Administrative Change Form.