Approval of Curricula or Curricular Requirements in Non-Degree-Granting Units

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In rare situations, a course or academic program may be created and coordinated by a unit that is not a degree-granting academic department or program. Examples might include:

  • University Honors Program requirements
  • First-Year Experience/UNV 101 course

In these situations, the following procedure should be used for new curricular approvals:

Approval of Curriculum in non-degree granting units - timeline
Action Step Estimated Time Needed
  1. Notification of Intention for New Course, Curricular Requirements, or Program to Provost Office
2 weeks
  1. Creation of Proposal
4 weeks
  1. Approval of proposal by appropriate advisory committee
4 weeks
  1. Preliminary review of proposal for compliance-related issues by Provost Office and University Registrar, and referrals made as appropriate

Note: This step could take several months if there are significant compliance issues such as state authorization.

2-4 weeks
  1. Divisional curriculum committee approvals

Note: Proposals from non-degree-granting units require approval of all divisional curriculum committees since the curriculum could be coupled with any major or degree program

At least 8 weeks, depending on meeting schedule and whether revisions are needed
  1. Academic Deans approval
4-8 weeks, depending on meeting schedule and whether revisions are needed
  1. University Senate Consent Calendar approval
4-8 weeks, depending on meeting schedule and whether revisions are needed
Total Time Needed 7-9 months