Chapter 173 of the Missouri Statutes charges the Coordinating Board for Higher Education with several responsibilities, including:

  • ... approval of proposed new degree programs to be offered by the state institutions of higher education . . . (Section 173.005(1), RSMo)

  • ... collect the necessary information and develop comparable data for all institutions of higher education in the state . . . (Section 173.005(8), RSMo)

  • ... requesting the governing boards of all state-supported institutions of higher education and of major private institutions to submit . . . proposed policy changes . . . and make pertinent recommendations relating thereto . . . (Section 173.030(1), RSMo)

  • ... recommending to the governing board of any institution of higher education in the state the development, consolidation or elimination of programs, degree offerings, physical facilities or policy changes where that action is deemed . . . in the best interests of the institutions . . . (Section 173.030(2), RSMo)

CBHE Policy on Academic Programs

The CBHE Policies on Academic programs include both those promulgated in Missouri Code of State Regulations 6 CSR 10-4.010 and collected in CBHE Public Policies.  Degree programs offered by Missouri's public institutions shall, at a minimum, satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Contribution of Program to Institutional Mission
  2. Statewide Needs
  3. Access
  4. Program Expenditures
  5. Productivity
  6. Highly-qualified graduates

 

Degree-Level Thresholds

The degree-level thresholds below which programs will be flagged for additional review are:

Degree Productivity threshold triggering additional review:
Associate of Arts Fewer than an average of 10 graduates over the three previous years.
Associate of Science Fewer than an average of 10 graduates ove rthe three previous years.
Associate of Applied Science Fewer than an average of 10 graduates over the three previous years. Certificates tied to a parent degree shall be counted withthe parent degree.
Stand-alone certificates Fewer than an average of 10 graduates over the three previous years.
Baccalaureate Fewer than an average of 10 graduates over the three previous years. Programs that offer both the BA and BS in the same discipline will be considered as a single program.
Master Fewer than an average of 5 graduates over the three previous years.
Graduate certificate Fewer than an average of 5 graduates over the three previous years.
Post-baccalaureate certificates Fewer than an average of 5 graduates over the three previous years.
Post-Master's certificates Fewer than an average of 5 graduates over the three previous years.
Education Specialist Fewer than an average of 5 graduates over the three previous years.
Doctoral Fewer than an average of 3 graduates over the three previous years.

 

Timeline

By February 28, 2017

Methodology and timeline finalized

Preliminary list of flagged programs sent to institutions

By March 31, 2017

Reconciliation of preliminary list completed

Official list of flagged programs sent to IHEs

By June 30, 2017 Institutional responses returned to MDHE
By August 30, 2017 MDHE review of proposed action; preliminary reports sent to IHEs
By September 30, 2017 IHEs respnse to MDHE preliminary report due
By October 31, 2017 Draft report sent to IHEs for review
December 14, 2017 Final report presented to CBHE

 

Resources

 

Contacts:

Dr. Rusty Monhollon, Assistant Commissioner, Rusty.Monhollon@dhe.mo.gov, 573-751-5221

Angelette Prichett, Research Associate, Angelette.Prichett@dhe.mo.gov, 573-522-2150

Erik Anderson, Research Associate, Erik.Anderson@dhe.mo.gov, 573-751-4779