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Discontinue an Area of Emphasis

Academic Action

No longer offer an existing area of emphasis (or track) within a major or minor.

Curricular Requirements

Not applicable.

Originator of Process

 Interdisciplinary, Disciplinary or Other Executive Committee

Approval Process

 CourseLeaf: Program Admin: Deactivate Program

Approvals/Recommendations Needed:

A – Approval Needed

R – Recommendation

I – Information Only

AInitiating Executive Committee
RGraduate Academic Affairs Council
AAcademic Affairs Council
AProvost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
IUniversities of Wisconsin Administration & Board of Regents

Approval Process

The chair of the Executive Committee responsible for the area of emphasis prepares a rationale for discontinuing it as part of the Deactivate Program form in CourseLeaf.

If discontinuing the area of emphasis would impact other academic units, the proposal must be reviewed by the unit(s) impacted.  The chair of the initiating faculty committee is responsible for sending (electronically) a complete proposal to the chair of the unit(s) impacted.  As the proposal progresses through the approval process, it must include written documentation from all of the unit(s) consulted.

The proposal may be revised based on the comments received.  When a final proposal is approved by the initiating Executive Committee, the proposal with all supporting documentation is forwarded to the dean for review and approval.

The Dean reviews the proposal and supporting documentation.  He then forwards all to the Registrar and the Library for review and recommendation.

After review and recommendation or non-recommendation by the Registrar and the Library, the Dean has the option of approving the proposal, not approving the proposal or requesting changes to the proposal.  Approved proposals and supporting documentation are then sent to the Academic Affairs Council (for undergraduate majors) or Graduate Academic Affairs Council (for graduate majors) for its review and approval.

The proposal with supporting documentation is reviewed by the Academic Affairs Council or Graduate Academic Affairs Council.  Following the AAC or GSC review, an approved proposal is forwarded to the Provost.  If not approved by the AAC or GSC, the proposal is returned to Dean.

The proposal is reviewed by the Provost.  If approved by the Provost, the initiating Executive Committee Chair, Dean, Registrar, Library, and SOFAS are informed of the decision.  If not approved by the Provost, the proposal is returned to the Dean.

The Provost (or designee) notifies the UW Associate Vice President for Academic Programs and Educational Innovation (APEI) via the Online Program Planning Form that program has been discontinued and the effective date of the change.