Academic Programs

Policy Guidelines for Requesting New Course Prefixes

Requests for new course prefixes must meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Refer to the name of the degree (ex. POSC for courses in the B.A. Political Science).
  2. Refer to the name of the department (ex. EPSY for the M.A. Counseling which is located in theDepartment of Educational Psychology).
  3. Refer to the name of the academic unit/area of study which has a critical mass of courses not leading to a degree in that subject area (ex. SCI for college-wide courses in Science or GS for university-wide courses in General Studies).
  4. Refer to an option within a degree that has no courses in common with any other option in that degree(ex. OTL for the Option in Online Teaching and Learning in the M.S. Education), with a critical mass of courses available in the curriculum to warrant a new prefix, as determined by CIC.
  5. Refer to an innovative new interdisciplinary area of study with a critical mass of courses available in the curriculum to warrant a new prefix, as determined by CIC.

The request will be made by the department, approved by the college, approved by Academic Programs and Services (APS), and sent to CIC for the Senate approval process.

Requests for new course prefixes do not need to go to CAPR but CAPR should be informed of any request that is approved by CIC before it is sent to ExCom and the Senate.

Process for Approval of New Course Prefix Request

Department Chair originates proposal in Curriculog. Proposal then moves through the approval process as follows:

  1. Dean and/or Associate Dean
  2. College Curriculum Committee (proposal may require additional Dean/Associate Dean review if significant changes are made at this step)
  3. Academic Programs and Services (Technical Review and Director, Associate Dean or Dean approval depending on proposal)
  4. Consultation  (University Curriculum Coordinator sends list of newly approved course prefix(es) to colleges. Colleges/Departments have five working days to review proposals and submit a Consultation Request proposal via Curriculog. If no consultation is requested, proposal proceeds to next step.
  5. Committee on Instruction and Curriculum (CIC); sent to Committee on Academic Planning and Review (CAPR) as information only (if CIC approves request)
  6. Executive Committee of the Academic Senate (ExCom)
  7. Academic Senate
  8. University President
  9. University Curriculum Coordinator facilitates the completion of the proposal and addition into the catalog
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