Changing Existing Academic Programs

Proposal of a change to an Existing Academic Programs

The three types of proposed changes to existing programs as defined in Policy 02-50-010:

Substantive Changes (Category I), Modifications of Existing Program Components (Category II) and "Cosmetic" or Minor Changes (Category III). The type of proposed change prescribes the extensiveness of the review process in required documentation, approvals and timeline. 

Category I:  following school level approval, proposals require university, state and regional accreditation approvals. According to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the regional accrediting agency for OHSU, Operational Policy A-2: 

If an institution implements a substantive change without prior written notice or if it proceeds to implement a substantive change denied by the Commission, the Commission may consider issuance of an order for the institution to show cause why its accreditation or candidate status should not be terminated.

Category II: upon school level approval, changes require university-level approval and may require state or regional accreditation approval. Category II proposals occur when the request to modify degree requirements exceeds the requirements of a Category III, but does not  rise to the level of a Category I.

Category III:  upon school level approval, changes are administratively reviewed and operationalized through the Office of Academic Programs, Policy & Accreditation and Registrar's Office. Category III proposals consist of minor program changes such as new required and elective courses, minor changes to prerequisites, course sequencing, changes to graduation requirements, etc.

Proposal forms and curricular modification resources are located in the Facts, Forms and Reports section of this website. If there are questions about the level of approval needed for a proposed change, please contact the Office of Academic Programs, Policy and Accreditation.

Submission Deadlines for Curricular Modification Proposals:

Category I: Consult the Office of Academic Programs, Policy & Accreditation.

Category II: Proposals must be approved by the school and submitted to the Office of Academic Programs, Policy &  Accreditation by the following dates:

Summer 2018 Implementation- Due by Friday, December 15, 2017
Fall 2018 Implementation- Due by Monday, January 15, 2018                                                                 

Category III: Proposal are accepted on a rolling basis. Please note that all Category III revisions must be submitted 4 weeks prior to the start of the academic term.

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