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Program Development and Modification Process

International Programs/Agreements

Procedure and Checklist for Approval of International Programs and/or International Agreements

Outlined below is the approval process required to develop and implement International Agreement, including delivery of a program at an international location.

1. The principal Towson University contact developing the proposal begins development of the Memorandum of International Agreement (MOIA). The draft MOIA is reviewed and approved by a number of entities and should be accompanied by the MOIA Routing Sheet.  Review and approval of the MOIA is required by the department chair/program director, dean, international agreements review committee, university counsel, assistant vice president for assessment, and the associate provost.

2. The associate provost prepares the final MOIA for signatures by the presidents of both institutions. When to final MOIA is returned with all signatures (ratified), the assistant vice president for assessment submits the ratified agreement to the USM Chancellor and Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) concurrently.

3. If the MOIA requires approval as a substantive change by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), the principal TU contact prepares the substantive change documentation for Middle States according to the Middle States Substantive Change Definitions and Instructions. The draft substantive change document is submitted to the assistant vice president for assessment for review and approval. Once the substantive change request has been approved, the substantive change request, executive summary, copy of the final MOIA , and copies of the transmittal memos to USM and MHEC are submitted by the assistant vice president for assessment to MSCHE.

4. USM, MHEC and MSCHE send a letter of acknowledgement and/or approval to the Provost Office. The Provost’s Office forwards a copy of these letters to the appropriate college dean, department chair, registrar, and director of financial aid.

Marketing for the requested program and admissions decisions must be delayed until notification of approval is received by USM, MHEC and MSCHE.


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