DHE Certificate Application and Approval Process
New Certificate Programs
A public college or university expecting to offer (a) new certificate programs under 30 credits, or (b) new minors, concentrations, track or options within existing programs is to notify the Commissioner of Higher Education in writing at least 60 days prior to announcing such program changes. These changes do not require action by the DHE.
For additional information and forms: www.mass.edu
Changes to Existing Academic Programs
Program Name Changes
Changes in the name of an existing program require approval by the Senior Deputy Commissioner for Academic Affairs & Policy, as the Commissioner’s designee, upon limited staff review. In submitting a name change request form, the institution should include curriculum information and reason for the request. In submitting a name change request that would result in remaining an existing concentration (or minor) to a degree, also include for the preceding three years, program enrollment data by concentration, graduation data, alumni outcome data (job placement or enrollment in further study), copy of the accreditation review report received within the preceding three years, and most recent accreditation status letter. The program accreditation must be from an accrediting body that is a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors.
Suspended or Discontinued Programs
An institution is to notify the Commissioner of Higher Education in writing if it suspends or discontinues and academic program. When a program is suspended or discontinued, it will be removed from DHE’s inventory active, authorized programs.
A program suspended or discontinued may be reactivated only with approval of DHE. An institution is to notify the Commissioner of Higher Education in writing if it suspends or discontinues, or reactivates a suspended or discontinued, minor, concentration, track, or option within an existing program. www.mass.edu (See Academic Program Review.)