Proponents with an idea for a new Career and Personal Education program (credit and non-credit) should email the New Programs Hub in the Office of the Provost to discuss support available. As a first step, proponents are advised to prepare the preliminary materials (concept paper) outlining the proposed idea. New non-degree credit program proposals do not require approval by the Ministry, but are treated as Category 1 proposals by the Senate Curriculum and Admissions Committee, although, new non-credit certificates and awards of achievement do need to be reported for information to Senate.
Support for faculties to develop and deliver new career and personal education opportunities at UBC is available through Extended Learning (ExL). The ExL team will partner with Faculties to design credit or non-credit non-degree programs that reach new audiences of learners who might not otherwise be able to take advantage of the rich and varied educational opportunities at the university. The team works with proponents, learners, employers and government to ensure offerings align with their needs and UBC strengths, as well as helping meet learners personal goals for opportunities that are flexible and tailored to their needs.
As the concept is developed, the team can provide support on market research, business case and proposition development, pricing, developing a marketing plan and assisting with the approval process.
To review the approval guidelines for new certificate programs (currently under review), please see Approval of Certificate Programs. For approval guidelines regarding diploma program (currently under review), please email the Senate Secretariat.