Academic Program Planning

The Office of Academic Affairs serves as Downstate’s liaison to the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the State University of New York (SUNY) System Administration Offices of the Chancellor and Provost.  OAA provides support for SUNY faculty and administrators responsible for proposing to create, revise, deactivate or discontinue credit-bearing academic programs, and for other requests for the review and approval of the SUNY Provost.

All request for programmatic changes MUST go through Academic Affairs before any changes can be made and sent to SUNY System. See below for guidance on academic program planning. 

SUNY provides an overview guide on academic program planning; it summarizes procedures for creating, revising, deactivating (suspending), discontinuing (ending) credit-bearing academic programs, as well as procedures for off-campus instructional locations in New York State and beyond.

SUNY Guide to Academic Program Planning

The process begins with faculty and proceeds through all appropriate levels of campus review, including shared governance processes.

Academic Program Development/Review Process

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SUNY provides a variety of online resources to assist with all your program planning needs.

Links to Online Resources


SUNY also provides guidance on Academic Program Planning in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Academic Program Planning: COVID-19 Resources

Q: How do I start the program planning process?

A: Contact the Office of Academic Affairs for the proper guidance on how to begin. 

Program Planning Questions?

Contact us for any questions regarding academic program planning or if you have a question regarding SUNY System Administration or NYSED.

Ann Marie Cullen, Administrator