Part 3 - Federal Requirements
  

4.4  Program length is appropriate for each of the institution’s educational programs. (Program length)

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Narrative

Program length is appropriate for each of the educational programs at the University of New Orleans. Accepted practices in higher education are used to establish completion requirements that determine program length.

Undergraduate Programs

Policy determining the length of undergraduate programs is in place at both the Board of Regents and the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. Board of Regents Academic Affairs policy 2.15 [Page: 4] “Definitions of Undergraduate Certificates and Degrees” requires a minimum of 120 credits for all undergraduate degree programs. University of Louisiana System Bylaw/Rule Part Two, Chapter II, Section VIII “Baccalaureate Degree Requirements” specifies that undergraduate degrees be limited to 120 credit hours unless “required for accreditation and/or professional certification purposes”.

All 38 undergraduate degree programs offered by the University of New Orleans require a minimum of 120 credit hours. A few programs require additional hours due to accreditation requirements. The longest program of study is the B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering which requires 128 hours. The required number of credit hours is specified in the Undergraduate Section of the Catalog. All undergraduate programs provide the course requirements including the total number of required hours in a uniform template. The information for the table of Undergraduate Program Length is taken from the relevant sections of the Catalog.

Changes in the curriculum of a baccalaureate degree program must be approved by the University Courses and Curriculum Committee. The Committee reviews all requested changes in curriculum to ensure compliance with Board of Regent and University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors rules and regulations. In compliance with Academic Affairs Policy 2.05, any new program that is proposed must be approved by the Board of Regents after a review at the System and Board levels of the proposed program’s curriculum and requirements. Part of this review includes an analysis of program length.

Graduate Programs

The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors has adopted rules specifying the length of Master’s, Specialist, and Doctoral Programs. Bylaw/Rule Part Two, Chapter II, Section XI Requirements for Master’s Degrees specifies a minimum length of 30 credit hours. The University of New Orleans requires a minimum of 30 credit hours for Master Degree programs as specified in the Graduate Section of the Catalog [Page: 783] . A total of 34 Master’s degree programs are offered at the University of New Orleans. The length of these programs ranges from 30 to 60 credit hours. A summary of the required credit hours for all Master’s degrees is found in the attached table.

The University of New Orleans does not offer the Specialist degree; thus, the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors Rule on Specialist programs does not apply to the curriculum in place.

University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors Bylaw/Rule Part Two, Chapter II, Section XIII Requirements for Doctoral Degrees specifies that doctoral programs “be the equivalent of at least three years of graduate study beyond the baccalaureate degree.” As stated in the Graduate Section of the Catalog [Page: 784] , the University of New Orleans requires that doctoral programs of study be a minimum of 60 graduate credits. The University of New Orleans offers a total of 11 doctoral programs which range in length from 60 to 114 credits. The contents of the Graduate Program Length table is taken from the relevant sections of the Catalog.

Changes in the curriculum of a graduate program require approval at the University level by the Graduate Council. New programs proposed at the Graduate Level must be approved by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors and the Board of Regents after a review of the curriculum and program requirements. The review includes an analysis of the program length.

Supporting Documents

Document Description
Document IconBOR_AA_Pol_2_15_HighlightedBoard of Regents Academic Affairs Policy 2.15 Definitions of Undergraduate/Graduate Certificates and Undergraduate Degrees
Document IconBOR_AA_Poli_2_05Board of Regents Academic Affairs Policy 2.05 Proposals for New Academic Programs/Research Units
Document IconTable_Req_Hrs_GradTable of Required Credit Hours in Graduate Programs
Document IconTable_Req_Hrs_UnderTable of Required Credit Hours in Undergraduate Programs
Document IconUL_System_Bylaw_II_Student_XIUniversity of Louisiana System Bylaw/Rule Chapter II Students Section XI
Document IconUL_System_Bylaw_II_Student_XIIIUniversity of Louisiana System Bylaw/Rule Chapter II Students Section XIII
Document IconUL_System_Bylaw_II_Students_VIII_RequireUniversity of Louisiana System Bylaw/Rule Establishing Categories of Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees
Document IconUNO_CatalogUniversity of New Orleans Catalog