Procedure for Creating, Modifying, Deleting Courses & Programs

    1. To create, modify, or inactivate courses, use the Course Inventory Management (CIM) system; be sure to include the “what” and the “why” behind the action in the “Justification” section. To create, modify, or inactivate programs, complete the Program Approval Form in Microsoft Word and submit it to Jennifer Gettys. To avoid having an item’s vote postponed to a later month, please carefully fill out the form and clearly state its rationale.
    2. Submit the form by the date specified for the COSCC meeting. 
    3. If approved by the COSCC and the associate dean for academic affairs, “College/School Approval” will be obtained. Approved undergraduate forms will continue on to the Undergraduate Council and approved graduate forms will continue on to the Graduate Council.

Guidelines for New Concentrations and New Minors

The COSCC recommends that new concentration and minor program proposals contain sufficient justification from at least one of the following categories. This information should be placed in the “Reason for the New Program” section of the Program Approval Form.

  • Strong student interest based on results of student surveys in which a reasonable number have participated.
  • Providing evidence of interest from external entities (e.g., federal agencies or industries that are seeking individuals with a specific knowledge base or skill set).
  • Presentation of data from other universities with similar programs that are indicative of their success.
  • Obtaining letters of endorsement from other universities with similar programs that have proven successful.
  • Specific and relevant reference to the Bureau Labor of Statistics’ “Occupational Outlook Handbook,” which can serve as a strong resource to help justify new programs and contains information regarding typical educational requirements, number of jobs, job outlook, etc.
  • Providing evidence of strong recent trends that point to future demand for the proposed program.
  • Giving evidence that the new program provides part of the required skill set for future job success (e.g., detailing the routine existence of similar programs in other universities, etc.).
  • Providing evidence that the new program fulfills a previously unmet niche and has a strong potential to encourage other universities/entities to follow suit.

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