Loyola University Chicago

Office of the Provost

Innovation Proposal Guidelines

Proposal Guidelines for New Programs Seeking Startup Funding

Proposal should not exceed 10 single-spaced pages—not including appendices

Please forward proposals and inquiries for AIT assistance to Don Heider, AIT Chair, ait@luc.edu.

1. General

a. Title of the proposed program.
b. Degree(s)/Certificate to be offered.
c. Primary focus (if appropriate).

2. Rationale

a. Rationale or justification for the proposed program.
b. Strengths of the proposed program.
c. Describe how the proposed program is distinct from others presently offered at LUC.

3. Strategic Contributions

a. Alignment with the goals of the University Strategic Plan 2020.
b. Alignment with the goals of the academic unit’s strategic plan.
c. Describe how this initiative helps LUC and your academic unit to become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

4. Market Analysis

a. A market analysis should be conducted through LUC’s Enrollment Systems Research and Reporting/ Enrollment Management (theuer@luc.edu).
b. A market analysis should include the following:

i. Discussion of new external and internal markets for the proposed program.
ii. Information supporting that the new program will attract significant numbers of prospective students who would not have otherwise applied to LUC.
iii. Enrollment projections for the first three (3) years.
iv. Tuition pricing analysis and projections
v. Expected time to degree

5. Curriculum

a. Admission requirements for program.
b. Program outcomes clearly defined (knowledge, skills, dispositions, values, experiences).
c. Expected time to degree.
d. Describe how students in this program encounter the central values of Jesuit education as elucidated in the document “Transformative Education in the Jesuit Tradition”.
e. Curriculum

i. Overview
ii. New and existing courses—descriptions and outcomes (for new courses provide a model syllabus).
iii. Total credit hour requirement.
iv. Describe how students will develop research skills and methods appropriate to this program.
v. Is there a capstone experience? Please describe. (e.g., internship, practicum, capstone seminar, thesis, etc.)
vi. Outline the advising plan for the program.
vii. For undergraduate programs describe the relationship of this curriculum to the University Core curriculum. For example:

1. Are any Core substitutions or waivers requested? (Core requirement satisfied by students who complete the major.)
2. Have these been reviewed and approved by the Board or Undergraduate Studies (BUS) Core Subcommittee?


f. Describe any interdisciplinary contributions to the curriculum (e.g., School A or Department B will support this program with X courses).
g. Assessment of student learning outcomes.
h. Program evaluation. What evaluative criteria will be used to determine the continuation of this program?


6. Implementation Plan

a. Timeline
b. Academic unit administering program

7. Resources

a. Describe resources needed to support this program (e.g., faculty, staff, facilities, laboratory space, equipment, software, library holdings, etc.).

i. Separate existing resources and new resources as well as permanent source versus temporary source funding.

b. What new permanent expenses are associated with the program?
c. Are startup funds required? If yes, how much per academic year?
d. Prepare a 3-5 year revenue and expense summary using the following New Program Budget Template.