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Discontinue a Distance Education Degree/Certificate Program

Academic Action

No longer offer an existing distance education degree program.

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 Interdisciplinary Executive Committee
AProvost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
IUniversities of Wisconsin Administration and Board of Regents
Approval Process

The chair of the Executive Committee responsible for the distance education program prepares a proposal to discontinue the program following the Deactivate Program form in CourseLeaf.

The faculty committee consults the Distance Education Coordinator for guidance on the decision to discontinue the program.

If discontinuation of the distance education program would impact units outside of the jurisdiction of the Executive Committee, 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 Dean reviews the proposal and supporting documentation.

After review, 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 Provost for review and approval.

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

The Provost Office also notifies the UW Associate Vice President for Academic Programs and Educational Innovation (APEI) that the distance program has been discontinued along with the effective date of the action.

It may be necessary for the Provost (or designee) to submit approval to the Academic Program Planning with the Universities of Wisconsin. Approval from the Universities of Wisconsin may be required if the Distance Education represents a level the institution does not currently offer, represents a significant departure from current degree programs, or requires substantial financial investment or resources. For more information, see the Online Program Planning Form.