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Academic Program Changes

The processes for creation of a new program or program component are based on State Board of Education Policy III.G and on Faculty Senate policy.  The internal university process for changing curriculum is changed in conjunction with the proposal that is submitted to the State Board of Education.

Change or modify an existing program

To change the name of an existing program or program component requires that the department complete a Request for Curriculum Action and submit a letter to the Vice Provost for Academic Planning that describes the reason for the proposed change.  The Vice Provost for Academic Planning will then submit a letter that informs the SBOE of the change.

To change the curriculum of an existing program requires that the department complete a Request for Curriculum Action and the appropriate program proposal form.

Discontinue a program or program component

Discontinuation of a program or program component requires approval from appropriate faculty senate committees and by the Idaho State Board of Education.

A Request for Curriculum Action must be completed by the department and approved by the University Curriculum Committee or the Graduate Council.  Click here for the form.

The appropriate proposal form must be completed by the department and submitted to the Provost’s Office for submission to the Idaho State Board of Education (SBOE).  For  more information, click here to connect to the website for the Idaho State Board of Education.   Note that the Proposal Form must describe the way in which the department ensures that the students presently in the program are fully accommodated and not overly inconvenienced by the discontinuation.

When individual programs are discontinued, affected students are informed of the change and provided with advising to facilitate the completion of their program.  Students may graduate under a catalog that is up to 6 years old.

Program Proposals

The creation or discontinuation of a new program or program component requires the completion of a proposal form.

Baccalaureate Program Proposal Form or Graduate and Doctorate Program Proposal Form
For all new instructional programs or program components, the department must submit a proposal form to the Provost’s Office. Following review and approval by the administration, the form is submitted to the Idaho State Board of Education (SBOE) for review by the Council on Academic Affairs and Programs (CAAP) and (if deemed appropriate by the Executive Director of the SBOE) the State Board of Education.

All new doctoral graduate programs require an external review and report prior to the consideration of the program.  The Provost’s Office will forward the report to the SBOE for review by CAAP and then by the SBOE.

Other Academic Program Activity
For all new options, emphasis, minors, certificates or instruction/research units or to discontinue, expand or consolidate an existing option, emphasis, minor, certificate or instruction/research unit, use the “Other Academic Program Activity and Professional Technical Education Proposal Form”.