To establish a new college, school, or department or to change the name of an existing college, school, or department requires review and approval by the UT System.
Regents' Rule 40601 lays out the approval process for the establishment of various types of administrative units as follows:
- The establishment of a college or school requires approval by the Board of Regents, upon recommendation of the president, the appropriate Executive Vice Chancellor, the Deputy Chancellor, and the Chancellor.
- The establishment of a department or similar academic unit requires approval by the appropriate Executive Vice Chancellor, upon the recommendation of the president.
- A nonsubstantive change to the name of an established college, school, or department shall be approved by the appropriate Executive Vice Chancellor.
Proposals to establish a new college, school, or department may be made in the form of a letter to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Proposals should include information about the reason for establishing the new unit, the internal structure of the unit (e.g., the departments and degree program housed in a new college) and a breakdown of any new costs anticipated for the first five years. Examples of costs include salary for a dean, any associate/assistant deans, and support staff. Nonsubstantive changes to the name of an established college, school, or department may also be requested in the form of a letter to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs with a brief rationale for the change.
In addition, please include the THECB's Administrative Change Form. The Office of Academic Affairs will notify the THECB once the Board of Regents or Executive Vice Chancellor takes action.
Submit all documents to to the Academic Affairs Proposal Intake Form.
*Please note that approval of the naming of a college, school, department, and other entity in honor of a donor or other individual shall be according to Regents' Rule 80307.