UIC: Programs and Academic Assessment
Academic Program and Center/Institute Approval
Proposal Tracking Spreadsheets
Program Approval Process Flowchart
Levels of Governance for Program, Curricular, and Unit Proposals
SCEP Guidelines for Adding, Eliminating, Suspending, Revising, and Reorganizing Programs and Units
Senate Committee on Educational Policy (SCEP) Guide for Reviewing Program Proposals
Degree Programs
Establishing New Academic Degree Programs
Revising Academic Degree Programs
Joint Programs - Definitions and Policies
Definitions and Guidelines for Degree Program Concentrations
Approval of Off-Campus Programs
Eliminating and Suspending Degree Programs
Certificate Programs
Online Programs
Policy Issues for Academic Programs
Policies and Guidelines for Undergraduate Minors
Research Centers and Institutes
Review Beyond the Campus
IPEDS Degree Definitions
Examples of Program Revisions
Courses and General Education Approval
Course Request System (CRS)
Approved Courses and University Catalogs
Important Dates for Program and Course Approval
Academic Program Development Staff
Banner Code Reports and Enterprise Data Warehouse
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Degree Programs

Programmatic Change For New and Existing Programs

Establishing New Degree Programs and Changing Existing Programs

From time to time, units will propose the establishment of a new degree program in keeping with the program development objectives of those units.

In order to prepare a proposal for a new undergraduate degree program, the authors must follow a format prescribed by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. It is a rather lengthy and involved process calling upon the proposers to address specific issues and concerns of the IBHE, to provide information, and to complete tables with required data. The IBHE format is included in this section.

For a variety of reasons, departments, schools, or colleges may want to revise curricular requirements for existing degree programs, change general graduation requirements of the college, modify the criteria for honors, introduce new or eliminate existing courses, change degree titles, redesignate departments, alter academic organization, or create new instructional units.

These proposed changes may result from mandates of accrediting agencies, efforts to stay current with the needs of the professions, to keep with trends nationally in higher education, or to affect economies of operation. Whatever may be the rationale, there is a campus process for seeking authorization for the kinds of changes mentioned here.