Academic Program Development

The University Registrar is responsible for submitting new program curricular information to the District of Columbia Higher Education Licensure Commission (DC HELC). DC HELC approval and disclosure is a requirement for the disbursement of Federal funds on behalf of students. As a result, students may receive Federally-subsidized loans and veterans’ benefits. Only once DC HELC approval is obtained can programs begin advertising and admitting students.

All Main Campus new programs (degrees and/or certificates) must be reviewed and approved through Academic Affairs in the Office of the Provost.  Once programs are reviewed and Board of Directors approval is obtained (when necessary) program directors will need to submit a Program Request Form to the Office of the University Registrar. Any non-standard program calendars mus also be approved by the OUR before submission to DC HELC.

New programs must be should be submitted and approved at least six months prior to the start of the first term of the program. Program developers should work with their school or college to ensure they meet this deadline and any school/college approvals that may be needed in addition to the Board of Directors.  Undergraduate minors do not require Board of Directors approval and can be submitted to the OUR via the Minor Creation form with department approval.

For questions, please contact the Associate Registrar for Program Registrations.