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Curriculum Policies and Academic Approval Procedures

Academic Program Approval

 

Following are definitions, criteria, and procedures for all academic programs within the university. Procedures for approval of new programs or changes in existing programs, with identification of appropriate forms for each action, are listed in the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh ACADEMIC PROGRAM MATRIX. UW System Revised Process for Program Planning Review, and Approval (August 2012) . This document is available on the Provost and Vice Chancellor's website: www.uwosh.edu/Provost Proposals for new programs or changes to programs are documented on a Form C. All new programs must be approved through the Notice of Intent and the Authorization processes.

Major Program - An academic program which normally requires a minimum of 33 credits toward a bachelor's degree or 12 credits toward a master's degree; it culminates in the awarding of a degree to which the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents has authorized entitlement. 

Minor Program - An identifiable sequence of courses with a minimum of 21 credits required in a subject field(s) which has been formally authorized by the UW System Administration. NOT APPLICABLE AT THE GRADUATE LEVEL. 

Emphasis Program - A program series of courses consisting of a minimum of 9 credits designed to meet a "specialized focus" within an existing Board of Regents approved degree program and for which the UW System Administration has given formal approval. 

A specialized focus is defined by either the need of a clientele or an additional area of specialization recently developed by the discipline. 

An emphasis is a curricular offering which is listed by title or caption in catalogs, timetables, etc. The term "emphasis" replaces all existing terms of track, option, concentration, collateral, and other variously used academic program terms, except for major and minor programs and certification programs. 

Certification Programs - An identifiable sequence of courses approved by either a state licensing agency, such as the Department of Public Instruction, or a professional organization, such as an accreditation association. Credit hour minima are specifically set by each agency and/or organization. 

Program Discontinuance - Action to eliminate a minor or emphasis within a major shall, in consultation with the Dean, be initiated at the department/unit level. Upon approval by a majority of the academic department/unit a memorandum of justification for the recommendation of program discontinuance and Form C shall be forwarded to the next level of review. The statement in support of program discontinuance must contain sufficient detail and rationale. Among items that the statement should address are enrollment trends, existing and projected faculty resources and expertise, present and future job opportunities for graduates, relevancy of the program in light of changing foci of the academic discipline, and recent program evaluations. The statement must include a plan by which students already admitted shall be provided the opportunity to complete the program. Key provisions of the plan shall specify the conditions and the timelines for completion of all requirements. 

The process and forms to eliminate a certification program are the same as for a minor with the exception that the UW System Administration is informed of the action. 

 

UW Oshkosh Academic Course Matrix

Approval and Review Levels

 

Academic Department/Unit

Division (L & S)

Relevant College Committee

College Dean

Other Deans

Faculty Senate (After APC or USP)

Office of Graduate Studies

Provost and Vice Chancellor

New Course: Form A

Y

Y

Y

Y

IO

N

 IA

Y

Delete Course: Form B

Y

Y

Y

Y

R

Y

R

 

Revise Course: Form B

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N

 IA

Y

Revise Course: Form B Expedited* (simple changes)

Y

N*

N*

N*

N*

N

 IA

Y

USP Course Approval Form:

for adding a course to the USP (accompanies Form A for new or Form B if course is being revised elsewhere)

Y

N

N

Y

N

Y

N

Y

Trial Course Attachment (accompanies Form A for new course)

Y

Y

Y

Y

IO

Y

IA

Y

 

Key:

Y= Yes~requires approval/disapproval action

N= No~requires no approval action or information

IO= Information Only~requires no approval action

R = Review only~requires objection/no objection notification

IA= If applicable~course would need Grad Studies approval if it was a dual level grad/undergrad course

*(asterisk) = Expedited Form B for simple changes. Simple changes are limited to a) change in course number, b) title change or c) simple description change that does not change course content, and prerequisite changes related to a major in a single department. The form may flow from the department chair to the Provost and Vice Chancellor without other levels of approval.

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