Concentration of a Degree Program
Degree Program Concentration: Approved subset of courses within the major focused on a specialized curricular area.
Proposals should include the information below, as well as any items required by the originating department or college.
- Department / College / Institution
- Contact name and email/phone
- Date of submission
- Implementation term
- Degree / major program
- Concentration title
- Program description and objectives
- Complete program curriculum (i.e., catalog copy)
- Evidence of the need for and interest in this program, including projected enrollments.
- Anticipated impact on other programs within the offering department, the college, or the university.
- Additional resource requirements, if any, and budget implications (e.g., personnel costs, library acquisitions, computing/equipment costs, facilities and other operating costs, graduate student support). Intended method of funding additional costs if any.
- Administration of the program.
- Process for admitting students to the program.
- Advisement process and resources for students in the program.
- Measures that will be used to assess the effectiveness of the program, including:
- Student learning outcomes and other program outcomes (e.g., job placements, examination pass rates, etc.).
- Plans for assessing these outcomes.
- Offices, departments, committees, and individuals consulted during the development of the proposal.
- Approval path for program proposal, noting all formal department- or college-level votes.
The approval process for proposals consists of the steps below.
- Proposals should be considered and approved by the originating academic department. Approval by the departments at this stage, including any formal vote, should be noted as specified in the program proposal.
- Proposals require the approval of the dean of the college responsible for the administration of the new program. Individual colleges may elect to require that proposals first be reviewed or formally considered by college faculty, a college undergraduate or graduate committee, or some other college-level body. Approval at this stage, including any formal vote, should be noted as specified in the program proposal.
- The dean should send approved proposals to the chair of the University Senate Committee on Academic Programs. Within CAP, the proposal initially will be deliberated on by a subcommittee, most typically the Undergraduate Council or Graduate Council (depending on the level of the program being considered). The subcommittee chairs will include the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success and the Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness in the dissemination of proposals to committee members. The Associate Provost for International Affairs should be included if the proposal involves collaboration with an international partner institution. The Associate Provost for Graduate Studies should be included if the proposal involves graduate programs. These university administrators may request that notable issue are addressed before subcommittee review commences, or they may provide feedback on the proposal as part of the subcommittee review process to be addressed before the final proposal goes to the full committee for further review.
- The subcommittee may elect to invite the proposing parties to attend a meeting at which the proposal is discussed. The subcommittee will then make a recommendation to CAP. At a meeting to which the proposing parties will be invited, CAP will deliberate and vote on the proposal. At both the subcommittee and full committee levels, requests may be made to the proposing parties for changes to be made to the proposal.
- The chair of CAP will notify the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success and the Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness in writing of the recommendation of CAP.
- If any aspect of the proposed program constitutes a substantive change by BOR or SACSCOC standards, the university may be required to submit additional notifications or seek approval from either or both of these bodies. In such cases, the proposing units may be required to provide additional program information.
- The provost, on behalf of the university president, will make the final decision on implementation of the new program.
- Normally, the program can be officially added to the university curriculum (i.e., added to the record of official programs in the Banner system) after final university approval. (A copy of any official University System acknowledgement will be forwarded to the originating college(s) upon receipt by the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, with copies to the chair of CAP and the Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness.)