Changes in program requirements or catalog language should be submitted to Academic Affairs in memo format, with collegiate signature, or in electronic format by email from the Dean or Associate Dean. The suggested method is to copy current program text from the online catalog, paste the copy to a Word document, and use Track Changes to make proposed revisions. This shows deletions and additions in a clear manner.
Changes to programs must be submitted to Academic Affairs (Nancy Burley) by the first day of spring semester and become effective the following fall semesters.
Academic Affairs reserves the right to modify language for catalog consistency.
All program change requests must include a note confirming the department has notified and discussed the changes with any other departments directly affected by the proposed changes.
Complete the New Undergraduate Program Proposal or New Graduate Program Proposal form completely and submit to Academic Affairs with collegiate signature. Please submit both an electronic copy and paper copy. Please note, for new Program Proposals, Section 6 must be compiled by the college Administrative Director.
System Academic Program Approval Policy:
- Academic programs should be aligned with the missions, strategic plans, and compacts of the home unit/department and with the University's institutional goals and strategic directions.
- Proposals for academic programs should reflect common criteria: quality; centrality; comparative advantage; need (including accreditation or competitive requirements as well as Minnesota workforce needs); efficiency and effectiveness; potential for growth and leveraging of resources.
- Decisions to offer, change, or drop academic programs, when they have the potential to affect other units within the University, require consultation early in the program development stage. Such consultation must be described in the New Program Proposal.
- Formal approval by the Board of Regents or its designee is required before new and changed programs may be publicized or initiated.
If the program being proposed involves online delivery of program and/or courses, such must be noted clearly and questions related to online program criteria must be addressed in the proposal.