Carnegie Mellon University

New Academic Program Process (NAPP)

The New Academic Program Process (NAPP) facilitates conversations between academic departments or programs and relevant administrative staff.  These conversations help to identify and respond proactively to applicable university policies, procedures, and standards; state, federal, and international laws; and promote protections (e.g., intellectual property) for program faculty, students, and administrative staff. Operationalizing new academic programs or changes to existing programs may involve the efforts of more than a dozen academic and administrative offices.

Other Factors to Consider

The length of time needed for program administration (i.e., from program conceptualization to student enrollment) may be affected by additional internal and external reporting or processes and the establishment of new services. These factors can be anything from administration involving the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, to financial aid eligibility, to Student Affairs considerations, and more. View in-depth information about other factors which may affect the length of time needed to establish a New Academic Program. 

The three-step process, outlined below, promotes sharing of relevant information, decreases administrative and academic roadblocks, and improves process efficiency. 

Three-Step Process

NAPP Step 1: Academic Consultation Phase

This phase is required and consultation should be completed 4 to 12 months in advance of the desired program offering.

NAPP Step 2: Administrative & Implementation Phase

This phase is required and should be completed 3 to 6 months in advance of the desired program offering. 

NAPP Step 3: Notification Phase

This phase is completed by the University Registrar's Office following approval of the program by the Provost's Office. Programs will receive notification of any pending action and instructions regarding Academic Program Code assignment.

Process Goals

  • Support academic departments' and programs' development of new programs or revision of existing programs.

  • Promote efficiency and effectiveness in administrative processing of new or revised programs.

  • Reduce opportunities for unexpected academic or administrative road-blocks when operationalizing programs.

  • Sustain the reputation and brand of Carnegie Mellon University.