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Program Approvals, Changes & Terminations

The Graduate Council approves new degree programs, certificates, majors, and areas of emphasis, as well as program changes and terminations. New degree programs and program terminations must also be approved by the Board of Governors. Some minor program changes, dual degree programs, and accelerated bachelor’s/master’s degree programs may be approved by the Associate Provost for Graduate Academic Affairs without Graduate Council review.

The following documents provide policies concerning program development:

            Policy Related to Creating, Changing, and Terminating Academic Programs

            Guidelines Concerning Degree Program Titles and Designations

            Guidelines for Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Degree Programs

Proposals for new degree programs, new certificate programs, and new majors require approval of an intent-to-plan prior to full proposal submission. Degree program, majors, intents-to-plan and full proposals, as well as proposals for new majors and areas of emphasis and requests for program changes or terminations must be submitted using the Curriculum Inventory Management (CIM) Programs system. Instructions for using CIM are available; further assistance can be provided by the Office of the University Registrar. Certificate intents-to-plan (see Graduate Certificate Intent to Plan Instructions), full proposals (see Graduate Certificate Proposal Instructions), and requests for changes (see Graduate Certificate Change Request Instructions) must be submitted to the Associate Provost for Graduate Academic Affairs, following the Submission Guidelines for Certificates. Proposals for new courses or course alterations or changes must be made using the CIM Courses system. However, at the graduate level, new courses do not need to be approved prior to Graduate Council review of proposals for new programs or program changes.

Proposals to be considered by the Graduate Council must be received (via the CIM system, or by e-mail for certificates only) by the Associate Provost for Graduate Academic Affairs  (including all required approvals) by Monday at noon 10 days prior to a scheduled meeting. Full proposals for new degree programs, new certificate programs and new majors must be submitted within one year of approval of the intent to plan. All changes to existing degree programs must be ratified by all approval levels no later than April 30 to go into effect for the next academic year. New degree programs must be ratified by all approval levels (including the Board of Governors) no later than April 30 to go into effect for the next academic year.