May 12, 2020

Due to the unprecedented demands created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Division must triage priorities to ensure that the immediate needs of students are met. Therefore, in consultation with the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, the Graduate Division is implementing a temporary pause on the review of new degree proposals and will not accept new proposals until after August 31, 2020.

We are implementing the following procedure to help us review proposals in a fair and transparent manner.

  1. Departments interested in submitting a new degree proposal need to fill out this Intent to Propose a New Degree Survey no later than June 15, 2020. We anticipate multiple proposals being submitted in the fall, and we may need to prioritize. It is therefore of paramount importance that proposers fill out this survey information carefully.
  2. Graduate Division will review all survey submittals, and Assistant Dean Linda Song will then follow up with proposers to assess readiness to prepare a 1-2 page summary for your Dean to present to the Council of Deans (COD). Graduate Division will work with proposers who are ready to prepare and present their summary to COD.
  3. After feedback from the COD, and once full degree proposals are submitted after August 31, 2020, Graduate Division will make every attempt to conduct timely and comprehensive reviews of proposals before they are forwarded to the Graduate Council for consideration. This is a labor-intensive process that typically takes several rounds, and a timely and successful review is strongly dependent on the proposers. The omission of required information or careless presentation could result in delayed review of a proposal. Given the increased workload of Graduate Division and Graduate Council in these unprecedented times, proposers should be both diligent and patient, and have a back-up timeline in place for launching the program.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please contact Assistant Dean Song (lhsong@berkeley.edu) if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Lisa García Bedolla

Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division