OK, you've looked through our districtwide program listing for a program that meets your teaching objectives, but there just doesn't seem to be one that works. Consider creating a new program. Here's how to get started:

  1. Your first step is to check our districtwide program listing:
    and look up programs in your discipline and choose one that looks like a well-written model to go by.
  2. Using that as a model, put together your ideas of what you want in your program: courses, pre-reqs, electives, etc. An important part of your proposal will be the rationale for the program. Some hard data on the need or the employment opportunities will be necessary here. Doing your homework at this point will save you lots of time and aggravation later – because it will be asked for during the approval process.

    Please note: if some of the courses you want in your program do not exist, then back up and create the courses first (see instructions above). We cannot process both the course and the program at the same time.
  3. Consult with your chair and dean of instruction to determine if they will support your new program proposal.
  4. Check with Jan and Skip for help in putting the program proposal into format. They can help you identify any missing pieces and help edit the materials as needed.
  5. Contact Jan and Skip for help in composing an Early Alert for your program. The Early Alert lets deans and curriculum staff across the district know in advance that you are proposing a new program. Jan will ask you for the following information:
    • Title of the proposed program
    • Will this program result in a certificate of completion or an associate degree or both?
    • A brief (1 to 1 1⁄2 pages) statement describing the need for the program, including industry need and opportunities for students who complete the program
    • Jan and Skip will use this information to compose your Early Alert and send it to the people involved in district curriculum, including the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Development, the Occupational Deans, the Deans of Instruction, Curriculum Development Facilitators, Curriculum Technicians, and the Director of Curriculum at the district office. They will have 10 working days to provide feedback on your proposed program.
    • They might express concern that your program will compete with an existing program, or they might ask to share your new program at their colleges. For more information on the Early Alert, go to http://www.dist.maricopa.edu/eddev/curric/cphb/opd/nopa.html
  6. Jan and Skip will help you respond to question and concerns raised about the proposal. Once any issues related to the Early Alert are addressed, Jan and Skip will work with you to lay out the specific requirements of your program. Jan will then process the new program proposal, send it to your instructional council for their approval, and place it on an upcoming agenda of the college curriculum committee.
  7. Skip and Jan will also let you know when the college curriculum committee will be looking at your proposal. Please plan to attend that meeting. Sometimes we have unanswerable questions that cause proposals to be tabled until someone can be there to answer them. That holds up the process.
  8. Assuming that your instructional council and the college curriculum committee approve your proposal, Jan forwards it to district to be placed on a meeting agenda of the district curriculum committee. 

    (If your instructional council and/or the college curriculum committee disapprove your proposal, the process ends there, but that doesn't happen very often.)
  9. Usually the district curriculum committee approves your proposal – and then it is ready to be forwarded to the Board for final approval. Occasionally you may be asked to attend the District meeting if there are questions raised. Stay in touch with Skip and she will let you know the status.
  10. Your new program is ready to go!