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Establish a New Major

Academic Action

Establish a disciplinary or interdisciplinary major program of study that is in compliance with UW-Green Bay and UW System policies and procedures.

Curricular Requirements

Minimum of 30 degree credits including 24 at the upper level.

Originator of Process

Interdisciplinary, Disciplinary, or Other Unit Executive Committee

Approval Process

CourseLeaf: Program Admin: Propose New Program

Approvals/Recommendations Needed:

A – Approval Needed

R – Recommendation

AInitiating Faculty Committee
ROther Interdisciplinary Unit Executive Committee(s)
ADean(s)
RRegistrar
RLibrary
AGraduate Academic Affairs Council
AProvost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
AUniversity Committee/Faculty Senate
AChancellor
RProgram Review Committee
AUW System Administration
AUW System Board of Regents


Approval Process

A faculty committee prepares a Notice of Intent to Plan a new major following the guidelines established by UW System and described in UW System Administrative Policy 102 (formerly ACIS 1.0) Policy on University of Wisconsin System Array Management: Program Planning, Delivery, Review, and Reporting. Following approval by the Dean and Provost, the Provost (or designee) submits the proposal to the UW System Associate Vice President for Academic Programs and Educational Innovation (APEI) and to the Provosts at all University of Wisconsin System (UW System) institutions via pprnoticeofintent@uwsa.edu.

After receiving the entitlement to plan, a faculty committee prepares a full Request for Authorization to Implement (RAI) following the guidelines established by UW System and described in UW System Administrative Policy 102 (formerly ACIS 1.0) Policy on University of Wisconsin System Array Management: Program Planning, Delivery, Review, and Reporting (See Appendix B) and completes the Propose New Program form in CourseLeaf . The faculty committee may consult the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL), Graduate Studies, and/or other institutional offices for advice on program development.

NOTE: If the new major being proposed is intended to have a new Executive Committee (i.e., “stand alone” major), the process to establish a new academic unit (as described on page 39 of this Guide) is completed simultaneously with the establishment of a new major process.

If any courses or other major requirements are outside the jurisdiction of the initiating faculty committee, the draft proposal must be reviewed by the Interdisciplinary Unit(s) that will be impacted by the creation of the new major. 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 Interdisciplinary Unit Executive Committee, the proposal and 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 Academic Affairs Council or Graduate Academic Affairs Council reviews the proposal. Following the AAC or GAAC review, an approved proposal is forwarded to the chair of the University Committee for action by the Faculty Senate. (Note: Step #6 and #7 can be done concurrently.) If not approved by the AAC or GSC, the entire proposal packet is returned to appropriate dean(s).

The Dean is responsible for presenting the proposal to the Faculty Senate. If the Faculty Senate approves the proposal, it is sent to the Provost (or designee) for review and approval. If not approved by the Faculty Senate, the proposal is returned to the appropriate dean(s).

The Provost (or designee) reviews the proposal. If approved, it is forwarded to the Chancellor for final institutional approval. If not approved, the proposal is returned to the appropriate dean.

The proposal and recommendations are reviewed by the Chancellor, who approves or does not approve the new major.

If approved, the Provost (or designee) submits all authorization materials, including the Request for Authorization to Implement a Degree, the Letter of Commitment, and the Cost and Revenue Projections for Newly Proposed Program spreadsheet to APEI via apei@uwsa.edu at least eight weeks in advance of the BOR meeting at which the institution requests that the proposal be considered.

If approved by the UW Associate Vice President for Academic Programs and Educational Innovation, the proposal is submitted to the UW Board of Regents Education Committee and full Board for approval.

If approved by the Board of Regents, the Provost notifies the faculty, the Office of the Registrar, the Library, and the SOFAS that the new major has been approved and when it should be officially implemented. The faculty works with the Registrar’s office to build the appropriate curriculum for the catalog. The faculty may consult the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL), Graduate Studies, and/or other institutional offices for advice on program development.

When the program is ready for full implementation, and at least 4 weeks prior to full implementation, the Provost (or designee) submits a Notice of Implementation to APEI (apei@uwsa.edu), including the implementation year and term, the academic year in which the first review of the program will occur and the date by which the institution will submit the results of the first review to APEI, if HLC or other accrediting agency approval of the new program is required, and the desired CIP code for the new program. APEI will respond with formal notice and will notify UW HELP and other System offices of the program’s implementation. Note that this step is necessary before the program will be added to the CDR or E-app.

The chair of the new program and the dean work with Marketing and University Communication and Enrollment Services to properly market the program and recruit students.