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Curriculum Process

East Tennessee State University

Academic Proposals

Academic Proposals Approval Track


Course Proposals

Inactivate Current Course

Courses projected to no longer be offered may be permanently inactivated in the course inventory, and therefore not available for scheduling. These course numbers cannot be reused.  An inactivation of a 4xx7/5xx7 course must have both numbers in the proposal.

Propose New Course

This form is used to propose a new course. Once approved, the course becomes part of the ETSU Course Inventory, which makes it available for scheduling. For a successful review the catalog description, topics, and learning outcomes are considered integrated information and must correspond to and reflect each other. 

Propose Entrepreneurial Course

This form is to propose an entrepreneurial, self-supporting course. These fee-based special topics courses are offered only during summer and winter sessions. They do not appear in the catalog and may not be substituted as a required course in a program of study. 

Propose Experimental Course

This form is to propose an experimental course that may in the future be used for a major or minor or as an elective. An experimental course may be offered experimentally twice to assess student interest, demand, course appropriateness, and viability. They do not appear in the catalog and may not be substituted as a required course in a program of study.

Revise Course:  Editorial Change (minor)

This form is for minor editorial changes that do not substantively modify the course.

Revise Course:  Substantial Modification (major)

This form is to propose a major modification of an existing course by updating or substantially changing the content. Items that signal using the Substantial Modification form are change in credit hours and significantly different catalog description or content.

Program Proposals

Consolidate Existing Academic Programs


Establish Minor

This form is for the establishment of  a 18-23 credit minor with approvals

Establish New Academic Program (Degree or Certificate - 24 credits or more)

This form is for the establishment of a 24 or more  credit certificate with approvals

Establish New Certificate 12-23 credits

This form is to propose the establishment of a 12-23 credit certificate with approvals

Establish New Concentration in an Existing Program

This form is used to propose a new concentration in an existing undergraduate or graduate program. 

Inactivate or Reactivate Existing Academic Program or Concentration

Occasionally, an academic department or college wishes to evaluate the viability of a degree or concentration – a decision to terminate has not been made. In order to curtail any student enrollment, the program needs to be inactivated. Plans for currently enrolled students to complete the requirements must be prepared. The department, college dean and division vice president approve inactivation or reactivation. THEC is notified of these actions. 

Program Modification:  Change Degree Designation

Program Modification:  Establish Free-standing Academic Degree from Concentration

Program Non-substantive Curriculum or Minor Revision

A non-substantive curriculum revision when 18 or fewer credits are affected in an undergraduate degree program; 9 or fewer in a graduate degree program; or 50% or more in a certificate program. This form is also used for the revision of a minor regardless of affected credits.

Establish Program Policy

Academic Council and the ETSU President must approve all related program-related admission to graduation policies for undergraduate and graduate students.


Revise Program Admission, Progression, Retention, or Graduation Policy

Academic Council and the ETSU President must approve all related program-related admission to graduation policies for undergraduate and graduate students.  

Substantively Revision of  Degree or Concentration

This form is used to propose a substantive revision of an existing undergraduate or graduate program. A revision is substantive when 18 or more credits are changed in an undergraduate program, 9 or more in a graduate program, and 50% or more of a certificate program. Total credits for the academic program usually remain the same. In the event, total credits change a separate proposal requesting either an increase or decrease in credits is required to accompany the substantive revision proposal. 

Terminate Academic Program or Concentration


Other
                   

Change Degree Designation
Change Name/Title of Academic Program or Concentration

This proposol is to rename a program or concentration to reflect better the current content emphasis or update the language used in the discipline. 

Change Instructional Delivery Mode

Descriptions below refer only to the way the actual instructional contact hours each week are delivered. Using technology for some homework assignments or using technology in a face-to-face class is not counted toward the amount of direct instruction delivered using technology.

Establish Academic Unit:  Center or Institute

Centers and institutes are important components of the academic, research, and service mission of East Tennessee State University. Generally an institute has a broader scope than a center.The proposal contents parallelthe THEC requirements to establish academic units

Establish Academic Unit:  Academic Department or Division

Department is an instructional unit encompassing a discrete branch of study or organized around common and similar academic areas; it is usually administered by a department chair. A Division is an instructional unit that usually includes two or more departments within a college or university; it may be administered by an assistant or associate dean

Establish Academic Unit:  College or School

College or School is an instructional unit within a university that usually includes several academic departments and is usually administered by a dean or director.

Revise University Admission, Progression, Retention, or Graduation Policy

The ETSU Board of Trustees must approve all related admission to graduation policies for undergraduate and graduate students. 

 

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