The following documents provide policies concerning program development:
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.