Substantially Redirect a Degree/Major: Curricular Change
Protocol established January 2017
A greater than 50% curricular change requires academic approval by the faculty of the academic department or unit, the dean of the school/college, the Graduate Faculty Executive Committee (graduate programs only) and the University Academic Planning Council.
After these campus approvals, UW System approval is required under SYS 102, Section 3.2.2
See also https://www.wisconsin.edu/uw-policies/uw-system-administrative-policies/policy-on-university-of-wisconsin-system-array-management-program-planning-delivery-review-and-reporting/ Section 3.2.2
For information about this requirement contact:
Vice Provost, Academic Planning and Institutional Research
Changing over half of the requirements or required courses for a degree/major represents a substantial redirection of the academic program and as such requires approval beyond the school/college level and UW System approval. Approval and notification of curricular change are required whether the degree/major changes names (see Guidelines for Renaming Degrees or Academic Majors) or disciplinary focus (i.e. CIP code).
Information to Include in the Proposal (filled out through Lumen Programs)
- Name and contact information for lead faculty member for the degree/major
- Primary contact person, if different, and their contact information
- Degree/major and named option (if applicable)
- Effective term for the changes and timeline for implementation
- Rationale for the change
- Potential impact on enrolled students
- Potential impact on faculty and academic staff
- Updated curriculum (this will show red/green markup in the program form)
Step 1. The proposed curricular change is first approved by the program faculty. Enter an approval in Lumen Programs.
Step 2. The proposal is approved by the dean, under the advice of the school/college academic planning council. Enter approval in Lumen Programs.
Step 3. The dean’s office advances the proposal to the Office of the Provost and the Graduate School (graduate programs only) with approvals entered in Lumen Programs. A supporting cover memo from the dean to the provost, copy to the vice provost for academic planning and institutional research may be included in the proposal.
Step 4. The proposal will be subject to faculty approval through the Graduate Faculty Executive Committee (GFEC, graduate programs only) and the University Academic Planning Council (automatic consent for changes approved at GFEC).
Step 5. After campus approval, information about the curricular change will be submitted to UW System Office of Academic and Student Affairs.