ROGRAM APPROVAL

College programs and courses require state approval. However, the procedures vary according to the program and award. There are three levels of approval:

  1. Local community college approval
  2. Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD) approval
  3. Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) approval

The following chart indicates the location of the approval process and the appropriate staff​.

The “CTE New Program Application Planning Guide and Application Worksheet” in .PDF format presents a general overview of what colleges need to consider and include as they propose a new program for state approval.  See also the Approval Planning Guide section in this Handbook.

Program Approval Categories - Lead Approval

Lower Division Transfer Degrees


CCWD Education Specialist


Career and Technical Degrees, Certificates, and Courses


CCWD Education Specialist, HECC


Adverse Impact-Detrimental Duplication (Public College to Private College)


Office of Degree Authorization, HECC


Adverse Impact-Detrimental Duplication (Public College to Public College)


CCWD Education Specialist


Adult Continuing Education Courses


CCWD Education Specialist


Workforce Programs (non-credit)


CCWD Education Specialist


Adult Basic Skills (non-credit)


CCWD Adult Basic Skills Director