The Curricular Policy Committee of the University Senate has developed the set of attached formats to assist academic departments and other proposing units in the development of new academic programs. These formats are based upon the reporting requirements for the Presidents Council of State Colleges and Universities, with some additional items added to suit Michigan Tech's own informational needs. The purpose of these formats is to act as a guideline in proposal preparation, so that proposers are not faced with additional delays in the approval process caused by requests for missing information.
The Senate recommends to the Provost that these formats be considered for adoption, and that they be made available on the Michigan Tech web site.
This format is based upon the minimum requirements for submission of programs to the Presidents Council of State Colleges and Universities. The order of discussion of these items may be changed to fit their relative importance to individual programs. Simple phrases such as "Not required" "Not applicable," etc. should be used where appropriate. A separate proposal is required for each program.
This format is based upon the minimum requirements for submission of "Spin-off" programs to the Presidents Council of State Colleges and Universities. The Council defines spin-off programs as "new options, new combinations of existing curricula, new fields or concentrations within existing academic majors and degree programs, and title changes." The order of discussion of these items may be changed to fit their relative importance to individual programs. Simple phrases such as "Not required" "Not applicable," etc. should be used where appropriate. Separate proposals are required for each program or title change.
When designing a Minor, Senate Proposal 22-04 on the University Senate web site should be consulted. Bear in mind that students cannot take a Minor with exactly the same title as their Major. Minors may be designed primarily for students outside an academic unit (interdepartmental) or primarily for majors inside an academic unit (intradepartmental). All Minors are available to students who complete the published requirements. Undergraduate certificates can follow the format below with appropriate modifications. Minor and Certificate proposals are usually less than two pages in length. Each program requires a separate proposal.
This paragraph must start with a phrase that immediately identifies the sponsoring unit, such as "This ME-EM Minor focuses on..."
If the Minor is intradepartmental, the catalog description must end with the sentence "This minor is most suitable for students in the xxxx Department." If the Minor is most suitable for a small number of Majors in several different departments, these Majors should be similarly indicated. The wording "most suitable" must be used, so as not to imply that students outside these areas cannot fulfill the Minor.
Total Requirements - prerequisites discussed below need not be counted here.
Adopted by Senate: 21 April 2004
Approved by President: 26 April 2004
Became Senate Procedures 108.1.1