Program Revision Process

Developing a New Submajor* or Course Sequence
Revising a Submajor* or Course Sequence

* Submajors include minors and concentrations

Consult with the associate vice chancellor before beginning the process to be sure the format is used appropriately and that the process is followed completely.

In the following steps, "revision" includes the addition of a concentration.

  1. Initiator

    Develops a rationale for the curriculum change. Brings it to the program director for a major program, or to the appropriate department and college dean for a submajor.

  2. For revision to major:

    If program director and program committee agree with the need for the revision, the program director develops the detailed plans for the revision in cooperation with the appropriate college deans and departments.

    For new or revised submajor:
    Department develops the details for the submajor in cooperation with the college dean.

  3. Associate Vice Chancellor

    Assists in developing the change, completing formats, and in considering ramifications. Considers impact on other programs, and on resource requirements. Considers relationship of program, as revised, to mission of the university.

  4. Appropriate College Councils

    Determine whether the new or revised program or submajor is a quality program and whether it meets needs of graduates.

  5. AAAT

    Information only. No formal action occurs, but if there are significant concerns, they should be resolved before continuing through the review/approval sequence.

  6. General Education Committee
    Determines whether new or revised general education component meets the spirit of the general education requirement.

  7. Graduate Education Committee
    Determines whether the new or revised curriculum meeting quality standards of graduate education. Makes recommendation to the CIC.

  8. Curriculum and Instruction Committee

    From the perspective of the various instructional units and degree programs, determines whether new or revised curriculum will be a quality program to meet the needs of graduates; determines whether the new or changed courses are adequate and appropriate.

  9. AAAT

    From an administrative perspective, determines whether the curriculum is in keeping with the mission of the university. Considers overall adequacy of the program, implications of budgetary requirements, and timetable for implementation.

  10. Provost and Chancellor

    Review actions and recommendations of AAAT and Curriculum Committee, and approve, reject or modify the program.

At this point the provost and chancellor decide whether the revision needs to be submitted to System Administration for further study and approval. Substantive redirection of a degree must be submitted to UW System Administration for approval. Title changes, and new minors, concentrations, and specializations are reported as information only.

  1. System Administration

    Reviews proposal from a system viewpoint for relationship to mission, financial feasibility, need, and overall desirability for implementing this offering in the system, and at Stout. May submit to Board of Regents.

  2. Department of Public Instruction

    Revision of any teacher/school personnel preparation program, or new certification concentration will be reviewed by DPI in terms of Wisconsin requirements.