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Change of Admitting Status for a Master’s Level Degree/Major Program
Protocol established January 2017
In general, the admitting status of academic degree/major programs at UW-Madison is to be open to admitting new students for enrollment and to grant degree/major awards. That is, the default status is admitting.
For Master’s level degree/major programs, the program faculty may seek to change the admit status of the program.
Two changes are possible:
- Change from admit status of admitting to non-admitting
- Change from admit status of non-admitting to admitting
Typically, a Master’s program with a non-admitting status is a partner program with an admitting Ph.D. program of the same name; the Master’s program would not be open to admissions but would be available to be awarded to a student who leaves the Ph.D. program without fulfilling all the Ph.D. requirements but has completed sufficient requirements for the Master’s. In some cases, students working toward a Ph.D. will be awarded a Master’s as a milestone requirement of progress toward the Ph.D.
Any change in admit status must be approved through governance.
A proposal to change admit status is originated by the program faculty. The proposal generally takes the form of a memo from the program chair to the dean.
The proposal should include the following information:
- Type of change requested – Change from admitting status of admitting to non-admitting, or change from admit status of non-admitting to admitting
- Name of the Master’s program
- Home department/academic unit for the program
- Chair of the major
- Director of Graduate Study for the Major
- A timeline for the transition; note that academic changes usually take place no sooner than the fall term after approval
- A rationale for the change
- If the change is from admitting to non-admitting:
- An explanation and evidence of efforts made to confer with and to notify parties affected by this change. This should include, but may not be limited to: faculty and staff who contribute to the program; academic units that provide resources (courses, advisement, faculty, budget) to support the program; students currently enrolled in the program, or who may be reasonably expected to be “in the pipeline” through advising or indication of interest at time of admission; alumni; and any other significant stakeholders (e.g., Boards of Visitors, community interest groups, chair of the Associated Students of Madison, etc.) Obviously, these efforts will be extensive for programs with robust student enrollments and may be minimal for programs that are chronically low‐enrollment or no‐enrollment.
- An overview of the “teach‐out plan” that explains how students will be supported through to completion of their degree. Enough detail should be provided to assure those reviewing the proposal that a plan to support students is in place, although the exact details may evolve as implementation proceeds. The plan should consider the needs of currently enrolled, prospective, and stopped‐out students. (A stopped‐out student is one who was a previously enrolled degree‐seeking student who suspended enrollment for one or more fall and/or spring term and who subsequently seeks to re‐ enroll.) A key feature of the teach‐out plan is that it should convey how program quality will be maintained and ensured through the teach‐out period for enrolled, prospective and stopped‐out students.
- If the change is from non-admitting to admitting, explain the admissions process and requirements and provide a full curriculum plan to support the learning outcomes for the major. Include plans for providing students with funding, if applicable. Broadly, programs should answer many of the same questions posed to programs creating new majors: http://apir.wisc.edu/new_major_degree.htm
If a change of admit status is embedded in a larger restructuring proposal, information should be provided that covers these same points. In such cases, GFEC will approve change of admit status in the context of the restructuring proposal.
- The program faculty prepare a proposal document, formally approve the proposal and forward the proposal to the dean’s offices.
- The dean’s office approves the proposal through their standard process, usually by consideration at the school/college academic planning council.
- The dean/dean’s designee forwards the proposal to Dean of the Graduate School and Provost with a cover memo of support and the proposal as an attachment.
- The Graduate School will review the materials and schedule the proposal for consideration at the Graduate Faculty Executive Committee. Subsequently, the University Academic Planning Council will also approve the action as a matter of automatic consent.
- The Office of the Provost will distribute a formal notice to interested campus individuals involved in implementation.
Assistant Dean, Academic Planning and Assessment, Graduate School