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Rename a Major

Academic Action

Change the name of an existing major in a manner that is consistent with the policies and procedures of UW-Green Bay and the Universities of Wisconsin.

Curricular Requirements

Not applicable.

Originator of Process

 Interdisciplinary or Disciplinary Executive Committee

Approval Process

 CourseLeaf: Program Admin: Edit Program

Approvals/Recommendations Needed:

A – Approval Needed

R – Recommendation

I –  Information Only

AInitiating Executive Committee
ROther Disciplinary or Interdisciplinary Units
AGraduate Academic Affairs Council
AAcademic Affairs Council
AProvost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
IUniversities of Wisconsin Administration and Board of Regents

Approval Process

The chair of an Interdisciplinary or Disciplinary Executive Committee responsible for an existing major prepares a rationale for the proposed name change following the Edit Program form in CourseLeaf and forwards it to the Dean. The chair should consult with Enrollment Services and University Communication and Marketing to assess the impact the name change may have.

The Dean reviews the proposal and supporting documentation. 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 routed to the appropriate governance committees. The Academic Affairs Council or the Graduate Academic Affairs Council should be the last governance committee to review the proposal.

  1. General Education Council
    • If the degree is an Associate degree, the GEC may approve the proposal.
    • If the degree is a Bachelor’s degree and involves changes to the institution’s general education requirements, the GEC makes a recommendation on the proposal.
  2. Academic Affairs Council – if the proposal involves a bachelor’s degree, the AAC may approve the proposal.
  3. Graduate Academic Affairs Council – if the proposal involves a master’s degree, the GAAC may approve the proposal.

Following the AAC or GAAC review, an approved proposal is forwarded to the Provost. If not approved by the AAC or GAAC, the proposal is returned to dean.

The proposed name change and supporting documentation 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 the name of an existing degree program has been changed and the effective date of the change.