The Office of the Provost is responsible for coordination and support of academic programming, including the management of procedures for new programs and modifications to curriculum. All proposals for new academic programs and requests for curricular change are subject to review.
In general, there are five potential stages of review: college-level, external review, university-level, Board of Trustees and state-level, regional accreditor (NWCCU). The nature of the proposal will determine which stages of review are required. Refer to the chart below for guidance.
For additional assistance determining the required level of review and timelines for review and approval, please consult the curriculum coordinator at your school or college, or the associate vice provost for academic affairs.
The Office of the Provost is in the process of implementing CourseLeaf, a software tool which supports the development and review of course and program proposals. Work on the new and revised program approval system is in process with a Fall 2019 launch goal. Because of this, some of our forms and processes will change when the new program approval system is launched.
Those wishing to advance program proposals should contact Ron Bramhall, associate vice provost for academic affairs (email@example.com), as early in the process as possible for guidance on formats and timelines.
|TOPIC||College-level||University-level||board of trustees and state-level||external||Nwccu|
|New Programs or Locations|
|New graduate degree program||X||X||X||X||X|
|New baccalaureate degree program||X||X||X||X|
|New location for an existing degree (including, in some cases, online delivery of an existing on-site program)||X||X||X||X|
|New certificate program (undergraduate or graduate)||X||X|
|Substantive Change to Existing Degree Program|
|New undergraduate minor||X||X|
|New honors program||X||X|
|New track or concentration for existing major||X||X|
|New graduate specialization||X||X|
|Significant revisions to degree requirements or curricular design (undergraduate or graduate)||X||X|
|Discontinuation of degree or certificate||X||X|
|Change to degree type awarded||X||X|
|Name change for degree or certificate program||X||X|
|Other Curricular or Program Changes|
|Discontinuation of minor, honors program, or graduate specialization||X|
|Discontinuation of track or concentration for existing major||X|
|Name change for track, concentration, specialization, minor, or honors program||X|
|Minor revisions* to degree requirements or curriculum (undergraduate or graduate)||X|
*Minor revisions might include small changes to the number of credits, required courses, distribution of upper- and lower-division credits, minimum grade requirements, or restrictions. At any stage prior to final approval, it may be determined that changes identified as minor are, in fact, significant and subject to university-level review. Minor changes should be submitted to and discussed with the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.