Graduate Faculty Executive Committee (GFEC) - Instructions and Deadlines for Submitting Materials

Program proposals (to create, restructure, rename, suspend or discontinue) and program reviews for graduate majors, named options, graduate/professional certificates and capstone certificates must be approved at the Graduate Faculty Executive Committee (GFEC) before moving on for approval at the University Academic Planning Council (UAPC).

Deadlines:  Materials for program proposals and graduate program review must be received at least three weeks before the GFEC meeting date. Please note that submissions three weeks in advance does not guarantee that an item will be placed on the agenda.

Program Proposal Drafts:  With respect to program proposals, it is assumed that drafts have been circulated several weeks/months ahead to allow for a final version that is aligned with policy guidelines and ready for governance consideration.  Depending on the nature of the proposal, one or more meetings may also be appropriate.  Requests for meetings or review of proposal drafts can be sent to your school/college academic planners and Jenna AlsteenAssistant Dean in the Graduate School.

Final Submission:   All graduate program proposals are entered and submitted using the Lumen Program Proposals System. Since all graduate program proposals and graduate program reviews need to receive school/college level review and approval, the Lumen workflow automatically moves all proposals from the department/program to its school/college, and then to the GFEC.  After GFEC approval, all proposals advance to the UAPC step.

University Academic Planning Council (UAPC) -- Depending on the nature of the program proposal or program review, the UAPC may require formal academic approval or treat the item as automatic consent. With questions about the UAPC, visit apir.wisc.edu.

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