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Offering Courses/Programs
at International Locations

Nova Southeastern University has a distinguished tradition of providing educational programs of distinction at times and in locations convenient to students, and in preparing students for leadership roles in business and the professions. A rapidly changing global, multicultural and technological society, places increasing emphasis on international programs and opportunities.

The University encourages programs to expand their offerings, when appropriate, to off-campus locations, including international sites. International offerings must first be approved in writing by the President and then forwarded to the Board of Trustees.

I. Preliminary Consultation

Proposals to initiate a program at an international location or expand existing program offerings to an international location originate at the academic center, with the support of the Dean. The program sponsors, including the Dean, should consult with the Vice President for Finance, the Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, and the Director of Licensure and State Relations to discuss the idea for the program, the information and analysis needed for approval, and to secure the assistance of the University in developing a formal proposal. (Note: All new programs must first be approved by the Program Review Committee for New Programs.)

II. Proposal Format

A. Rationale and Program Description

Provide a brief rationale and description of the program or expansion of offerings being proposed. Indicate how this program supports the strategic plan of the Center and University.

B. Analysis of Need/Potential Enrollment

Develop an analysis of the potential enrollment and employment opportunities to demonstrate that there is a demand for the program in this international location. This analysis ought to be based on data derived from formal market analyses, employment predictions, and labor reports.

The analysis should also include considerations of special needs of the population in this international location, including student competencies in written and oral communication in English, access to library resources, and technological expertise (if appropriate).

C. Organization, Facilities, and Other Major Expense Requirement

Describe organizational requirements of the program, including but not limited to administrative personnel, faculty (also see below), other staff needs, and reporting lines. Describe the facility and space needs of the program, and any major equipment expenses. Propose how resource needs, including space, can be met, and to what degree, by reallocating or sharing existing resources that are unused or underutilized.

D. Income Projections

Develop a five-year projection of enrollment including full-time and part-time (where appropriate), and expected credit hours generation. Using the enrollment projections, develop a five-year projection of income and expenses. Include all other sources of income.

E. Faculty

Propose how needs for faculty can be met. Consider the requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and other accrediting agencies regarding academic qualifications and the availability of full-time faculty. If faculty are to be hired on site, describe procedures for assuring that they possess appropriate credentials, for evaluating instruction, and for ensuring quality control. (All faculty with degrees from institutions outside the United States must present official documentation of equivalency from an NSU approved agency.)

F. Licensure and Accreditation Requirements

In consultation with the Offices of Licensure and State Relations, and Institutional Effectiveness, identify the requirements for securing approval to operate programs abroad. NSU must comply with laws and licensing regulations of the country and file appropriate documentation with SACS prior to offering the first courses.

G. Evaluation

Proposals should include a detailed plan, with specific dates, for program review and evaluation.

III. Program Approval

Final proposals are submitted to the Council of Deans for review. If approved, the Assistant to the President for Academic Affairs submits proposals to the President for final approval. Completed proposals are then forwarded to the Board of Trustees.

August 11, 2000
NSU Office of Academic Affairs