Under the terms of section 3333.04 of the Revised Code, the Ohio board of regents is authorized to:
"(N) Approve or disapprove all new degrees and new degree programs at all state colleges, universities, and other state-assisted institutions of higher education;"
(1) A "new doctoral degree" means any degree designation bearing the words "Doctor of Philosophy," "Doctor of Education," or "doctor" of other specialized field of professional education whose course and other requirements are based upon the prerequisite that the candidate already holds the baccalaureate, with the exception of the degrees Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Dental Surgery, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Doctor of Optometry, and Doctor of Jurisprudence.
(2) A "new doctoral degree program" means any proposed course of study to result in award of a doctoral degree as defined above which was not offered by a state-assisted university as of September 20, 1963, and which has not previously been approved by formal action of the Ohio board of regents.
(3) A "state-assisted institution of higher education" means any university receiving an appropriation subsidy for current operation of its instructional activity from an appropriation bill duly enacted into law by the state of Ohio.
(C) General procedure for consideration
(1) The approval or disapproval of new doctoral degrees or new doctoral degree programs is a matter of particular importance to the state of Ohio and must necessarily be considered with special care.
(2) New doctoral degree programs submitted by state-assisted universities shall be planned and coordinated in terms of needs which cannot otherwise be met by existing doctoral degree programs.
(3) In planning and coordinating the development of new doctoral degree programs, the board of regents will be assisted by an advisory committee on graduate study to consist of one representative designated by the president of each state-assisted university and a representative of Case western reserve university and the university of Dayton, also designated by the presidents of those institutions.
(4) It is expected that new doctoral degree programs will be planned and developed over a period of time. It is desirable that the board of regents and the advisory committee on graduate study be informed and involved in such planning and development.
(D) Criteria for approval of new degree programs
(1) Doctoral degree programs are undertaken in the academic disciplines (humanities, social sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences, and mathematics) and in professional fields of study (business administration, teacher education, engineering, agricultural sciences, nursing, etc.) for two major purposes: (a) to prepare persons as teacher-scholars for staffing the instructional, research, and public service activities of colleges and universities; and (b) to prepare persons as professional practitioners for staffing the most exacting professional positions in private practice, business, government, and other agencies. The objectives to be achieved by a new doctoral degree program should be carefully specified.
(2) Doctoral degree students may be enrolled full time or part time. The enrollment objectives of a new doctoral degree program should be carefully specified.
(3) New doctoral degree programs have historically been needed for the following reasons:
(a) To meet a shortage of highly educated talent available to staff higher education programs and other professional positions.
(b) To augment existing programs at other institutions which are overcrowded or otherwise overburdened with doctoral degree students.
(c) To introduce new fields of study for which teacher-scholars or professional practitioners may be needed in the future.
(d) To provide opportunities for advanced scholarly and professional study which may not otherwise be available in a particular geographical area, especially a metropolitan area of five hundred thousand or more population.
The institution must make clear the purposes for which the program is proposed.
(4) In order to undertake a doctoral degree program, a state-assisted university must be able to demonstrate the following resources and circumstances:
(a) A qualified faculty group with appropriate breadth and depth of scholarly specialization and research experience.
(b) Necessary specialized facilities in library and laboratory resources.
(c) Reasonable prospect of enrolling a minimum number of qualified students.
(d) Availability of fellowship assistance or employment opportunities for doctoral degree students.
(E) Approval of doctoral degree programs for planning purposes
(1) At an appropriate time, a state-assisted university may formally submit to the Ohio board of regents a proposed new doctoral degree program for approval for planning purposes. Such a doctoral degree program proposal shall be submitted in fifteen copies.
(2) The doctoral degree program proposal shall provide the following information:
(a) The general nature of the proposed program, objectives to be accomplished, and the reasons why introduction of the program is desirable.
(b) The need for the program.
(c) The resources available or anticipated for operation of the program.
(d) Planned enrollment, desired student characteristics, and enrollment prospects.
(e) A description of the proposed curriculum.
(f) Organizational arrangements for operation of the program.
(g) Planned budget for first five years of program.
(3) It is anticipated that in evaluating new doctoral degree programs the Ohio board of regents will give special attention to evidence of local need for a program, to arrangements for interinstitutional cooperation in the conduct of a program, and to the innovative aspects of a program.
(4) Upon receipt of a new doctoral degree program proposal, the proposal will be distributed to the advisory committee on graduate study for review, comment, and recommended action. The chancellor may on his own volition or upon recommendation of the advisory committee retain the services of a consultant to review a new doctoral degree program proposal.
(5) The chancellor will submit his own recommendation and that of the advisory committee on graduate study to the board of regents for decision.
(F) University development
(1) When a state-assisted university has received approval for planning purposes of a proposed new doctoral degree program, the university will be expected to proceed with the execution of the plans for development of the program. The university will be expected to work closely with consultants from the appropriate accrediting body and with such other consultants as it may retain.
(2) It is also expected that the university will keep the advisory committee on graduate study and the chancellor informed on a regular six months' basis of progress in development of the new program.
(G) Approval of new doctoral programs
(1) When a state-assisted university believes that it has completed the necessary planning preparations to begin a new doctoral degree program, a proposal for approval of the program will be submitted to the Ohio board of regents. The proposal will be submitted in fifteen copies. The proposal for approval should include the following information:
(a) The nature and objectives of the program.
(b) The current assessment of need for the program.
(c) The current status of available resources in personnel and facilities for the program.
(d) The prospective enrollment of the program.
(e) The financial resources needed, including prospective subsidy per full-time equivalent student, and other needs over and above such subsidy.
(f) Status of arrangements for accreditation of the program.
(2) The proposal for approval of a new degree program will be referred to the advisory committee on graduate study for review. A recommendation of appropriate action on the proposal will be submitted by the chancellor to the board of regents.
(3) When the board of regents gives formal approval to a new doctoral degree program, the university may proceed to implement the program plans and to seek appropriate accreditation. Approval of a program may be contingent upon receipt of preliminary accreditation.
(4) The chancellor will incorporate the financial requirements of new degree programs in the budget appropriation requests submitted to the governor and general assembly. Final action in offering new doctoral degree programs may be contingent upon appropriation of the necessary funds for support of the programs.
(H) Effective date
The procedure established by this rule shall become effective as of July 1, 1977, and shall be applicable to all new doctoral degree programs pending as of that date or submitted thereafter.
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/19/2005 and 07/19/2010
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3333.04
Rule Amplifies: 3333.04
Prior Effective Dates: 7/3/69, 7/1/77