Degree or Major

Step 1

Pre-proposal approval

When a department decides to propose a new degree or major, the department should submit a pre-proposal document to the senior associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. Once the pre-proposal is approved, the department may continue the process of creating a new degree or major.

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Step 1.1

C4 approval

Any new programs (or program changes) in technology or computing should receive approval from the C4 committee before continuing in the approval process. Any questions should be directed to the C4 co-chairs.

Step 2

Proposal form and supporting materials

Complete all sections and appendices of the new program proposal form and the new degree cover sheet. Following final school-level approval, send the cover sheet and proposal form with a cover letter to the Office of Academic Affairs requesting review and approval. All proposals will be reviewed using a rubric. Schools should follow the rubric when developing the proposal to avoid delays in the approval process.

Required items
  • Cover letter
  • Cover sheet
  • New program proposal form

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Step 3

Undergraduate Affairs Committee (UAC)

After the senior associate vice chancellor for academic affairs approves the proposal, the Office of Academic Affairs will forward the proposal to the UAC for review and approval.

Step 4

Presentation to UAC
The chair of the UAC will invite the originating unit to present the proposal at a regularly scheduled UAC meeting.

Step 5

Chief academic officer and trustees

Following approval by the UAC, the proposal will be forwarded by the UAC to the chief academic officer for approval. If approved by the chief academic officer, the proposal will be entered into the APPEAR system by the Office of Academic Affairs and will be forwarded to the Academic Leadership Council (IU degrees) or the associate provost at Purdue–West Lafayette (Purdue degrees) to continue in the approval process. Following approval at this stage, the proposal is presented to either the IU or Purdue trustees.

Once a proposal has been entered in the APPEAR system by the Office of Academic Affairs, school representatives can review the status of the proposal by using APPEAR.

Step 6

Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Following university-level approval, requests for new degrees and new majors also require the approval of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

Step 7

Unit and campus notifications

Following the final approval, the Office of Academic Affairs will send notification of approval to the originating unit, the Office of Communications and Marketing, the IUPUI registrar, the director of the Office of Student Financial Services, and the director of undergraduate admissions where the degree or major will be coded for inclusion in the master inventory.