The steps listed below for changing an academic program name must be completed as described. Incomplete proposals will be returned. If you have any questions about the approval process, please contact your Undergraduate Affairs Committee representative.
Academic Program Name
When a department has decided to propose a change to the name of an academic program, the dean of the academic unit must receive written approval from academic affairs to proceed with the development of a proposal. Contact academic affairs by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ResourcesNotify Academic Affairs
The academic unit should consult with the Office of the Registrar prior to submitting the proposal to determine whether a change to the CIP code used to classify the program is recommended.
ResourcesCIP Code Information
Undergraduate Affairs Committee (UAC)
After academic affairs approves the proposal, a copy will be forwarded by academic affairs to the UAC for review and approval.
Presentation to UAC
The chair of the UAC will invite the originating unit to present the proposal at a regularly scheduled UAC meeting.
Chief Academic Officer
Following approval by the UAC, the proposal will be forwarded to the chief academic officer for approval.
Academic Leadership Council (ACL)
If approved by the chief academic officer, proposals for degrees, majors, and certificates are entered into the APPEAR system and forwarded to the Academic Leadership Council (IU degrees) or the associate provost at Purdue West Lafayette (Purdue degrees) for approval.
Changes in the name of a minor do not require approval beyond that of the chief academic officer.
Trustees and ICHE
Following ALC approval (of IU programs), the change of name for a degree or certificate is reported to the trustees as an information item. In some cases, it also is reported to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education as an information item. A change of name for a major does not need additional action beyond ALC.
Unit and Campus Notifications
Following final approval, the chief academic officer will send notification of approval to the dean of the originating unit, the IUPUI registrar, the director of Office of Student Financial Services, and the director of undergraduate admissions for coding and implementation. Though no additional approvals are needed beyond that of the IUPUI chief academic officer, University Academic Planning and Policy will be notified to allow for updating of necessary tables.