Academic Plans: Adding, Changing, or Discontinuing

Process Overview

The development, revision, and approval of academic plans is guided by University policy and procedures. These processes originate at the programmatic and departmental level, progress through the colleges, to the Office of the Provost and, if necessary, the Board of Regents. As proposals make their way through the approval process to the Office of the Provost, consultation is solicited from colleagues in Graduate and Undergraduate Education, as well as the Academic Health Center.

The stages of development and approval are additive, with various points of emphasis at each stage in the process. For example, the Office of Undergraduate Education and the Graduate School focus their review on admission and degree requirements, University policy compliance, other factors specifically related to the academic success of students. Review by the Academic Health Center and the Office of the Provost focuses on things like need and demand, efficiency and effectiveness, support and resources, mission, collaboration, and program duplication.

Finally, the public review period encourages open communication across colleges and campuses concerning the creation, discontinuation, and change of academic programs; fosters collaboration and productive exchanges across and between departments and disciplines; and prevents inadvertent encroachment upon and duplication of academic programs.

Undergraduate

For information about new and revised undergradute academic plans, please review the Adding, Changing, or Discontinuing Academic Plans administrative policy. To submit new or changed plans, login to the Program and Curriculum Approval System (PCAS).

Graduate and Professional

New or substantially changed Ph.D. proposals, as well as the associated minors, must also be reviewed by the Graduate Education Council (please plan the timeline for approval of your proposal accordingly). For additional information about new and revised academic plans, please review the following administrative policies:

See also a complete list of university-wide policies governing Graduate Education.

To submit new or changed plans, login to the Program and Curriculum Approval System (PCAS).

More Information

The development and revision of programs is a significant and time-consuming process. Please contact Emily Ronning (612-626-8031 or ronn0044@umn.edu) for assistance at any stage.