On behalf of the New Jersey Presidents’ Council (NJPC), the Academic Issues Committee (AIC) reviews new academic degree program proposals based on the following standards defined in N.J.A.C. 9A:1-2.10 through 2.14:

  1. Sufficient academic quality
  2. Sufficient evidence of labor market demand for the program
  3. Duplication with comparable programs of study in New Jersey
  4. Whether the proposed new program will require significant additional State resources

Effective March 7, 2022, all new academic degree programs, including programs that existed previously as an option or concentration, require a full program proposal and must undergo a formal review by the AIC. For further information, consult the Academic Issues Committee Manual.

All New Jersey degree-granting institutions, except for those institutions that are explicitly identified as “exempt” owing to the date of their charters (prior to April 1, 1887), are required to submit new academic degree program proposals to the AIC for review. The exempt institutions include the following: Centenary University, Drew University, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton University, Saint Peter’s University, Seton Hall University and Stevens Institute of Technology.

Out-of-state institutions that seek licensure to offer academic programs in New Jersey follow a different process. Visit the licensure office webpage.

Initiating a New Academic Degree Program

Steps in the Process

Program Announcement

Institution circulates a Program Announcement for a 30-day comment period to all New Jersey institutions of higher education. An updated Program Announcement distribution list can be found on the Program Announcement List page.

New Academic Degree Program Standards

Institution completes the New Academic Degree Program Standards Form.

Consultant Evaluation

Institution engages an independent, external consultant to conduct a site visit and complete the Consultant Evaluation Report Form.

Governing Board Approval

Institution’s governing board approves a resolution to offer the program.

Submission to AIC

Institution completes the New Program Checklist Form, assembles the full proposal, and submits the proposal via email to AIC@njpc.org and academic.degree.programs@oshe.nj.gov for consideration at the next meeting (see deadlines in the AIC Meeting Schedule).


AIC recommends the proposal for approval by the NJPC or may request further evidence or information as needed to determine compliance with the New Academic Degree Program Standards.

New Academic Degree Program Proposal Components

For Program Announcements

The following forms are provided for all New Jersey institutions for preparation of the Program Announcement to be circulated to all New Jersey higher education institutions and the licensure office within the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education for a 30-day comment period.

Program Announcement Cover Letter
Program Announcement Cover Letter
Program Announcement Cover Page
Program Announcement Cover Page
New Academic Degree Program Summary
Program Announcement Executive Summary
New Academic Degree Program Summary
Program Announcement Contact List
Forms Required for All Institutions

The following three forms are required for all institutions proposing new programs.

New Academic Program Proposal
Standards for New Academic Degree Programs
Additional Form Required for Institutions Seeking to Exceed Their Programmatic Mission to Offer a New Program

In addition to the three forms required for institutions proposing new programs, the following form is also required for New Jersey institutions proposing new programs that exceed their programmatic mission, defined at N.J.A.C. 9A:1-1.2 as the level of academic degrees that an institution has been authorized to offer.

Exceeding Programmatic Mission
Additional Document Required for County Colleges Seeking to Initiate a Degree Program in Support of a 3+1 Partnership

In addition to the three forms required for institutions proposing new programs, county colleges seeking to initiate a degree program in support of a 3+1 partnership must also submit a letter of support from the intended baccalaureate partner.