4.2 The institution’s curriculum is directly related and appropriate to the mission and goals of the institution and the diplomas, certificates, or degrees awarded. (Program curriculum)
The University of New Orleans maintains curricula that are directly related and appropriate to the institutional goals of the university as stated in its mission statement: “…serves national and international students and enhances the quality of life in New Orleans, the state, the nation, and the world, by participating in a broad array of research, service learning, cultural and academic activities.” (Mission Statement)
UNO is a comprehensive urban research university “committed to providing educational excellence to a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body.” The university offers a broad array of undergraduate and graduate degree programs to approximately 9,000 students.
UNO offers 38 undergraduate degrees, 34 master’s degrees, and 11 doctoral degrees, providing New Orleans and the immediate region with a comprehensive array of educational opportunities. Among those degrees are numerous programs that complement UNO’s mission as an “urban” university serving the particular needs of New Orleans. Among those “destination” programs are:
- Undergraduate and graduate degrees in film (Louisiana is the second largest film production area outside of California);
- Studio Art and Arts Administration degrees (New Orleans’ vibrant arts community has been a major economic engine since Hurricane Katrina);
- Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism (New Orleans’s economy is dependent on tourism);
- Urban Studies and Urban and Regional Planning (post-Katrina New Orleans serves as a living laboratory to study housing, transportation, and social and health services);
- Degrees in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (New Orleans is home to some of the largest ship building and serving companies); and
- Degrees in environmental sciences and engineering (Southeastern Louisiana’s coastal waters, beaches, and swamps are integral to the economy of the state).
The response to Comprehensive Standard 3.4.1 provides a detailed explanation of the approval process for new programs and new courses, which ensures that programs and courses are relevant to the mission. Briefly, program development normally begins in a department or unit of a campus, college or school, is reviewed by a college curriculum committee then by either the University Courses and Curriculum Committee or the Graduate Council. At each level, faculty review the program’s rationale and its fit with UNO’s mission. The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the President must approve all new degree programs. Approval of courses for the General Education curriculum follows a similar internal approval process with an additional approval from the General Education Committee.
The University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors and the Louisiana Board of Regents must all approve new degree programs. Oversight at the state level assures that new programs meet the standards of consistency with the university mission and ensure the quality of educational offerings. The standards used by the Louisiana Board of Regents for review are described in Academic Affairs Policy 2.05, which states that the factors used in assessing a proposed new program include, but are not limited to the following:
a. Relevance to the existing role, scope and mission of the institution;
b. Contribution to the well-being of the state, region, or academy;
c. Program duplication (existing/related programs at other institutions);
d. Mandates of any legal settlement currently in force; and
e. Institutional commitment to appropriately fund proposed program.
In addition to being consistent with the institution’s mission, many programs have been certified through an external accrediting body as being consistent with national standards for the specific discipline. Programs that are professionally accredited by their respective organizations are listed below and disseminated via the university website.
Table 1: University of New Orleans Programs with National Accreditation
|Accrediting Agency||Programs Accredited|
|Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)||Business|
|ABET||Engineering (undergraduate) and Computer Science|
|National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education ( NCATE)||Education (teacher education)|
|National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)||Music|
|Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)||Counseling Education (graduate)|
|National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)||Fine Arts (Studio)|
|National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST)||Film and Theatre|
|American Chemical Society (ACS)||Chemistry (undergraduate)|
|Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)||Public Administration|
|Planning Accreditation Board (PAB)||Urban and Regional Planning|
|BOR_Policy_AA_2_05||Louisiana Board of Regents Academic Affairs Policy Proposals for New Academic Programs/Research Units|
|UNO_Program_Accreditation_List||UNO Program Accreditation List|
|UNO_Website_Mission||Mission statement published on website|