Attention all department chairs and graduate program directors: please consult the SACSCOC Substantive Change Policy when considering proposing a new degree program or modifying the form of delivery of a course (e.g., moving from a traditional live lecture to a distance education method of delivery).
Academic units engage in continual review and evaluation of curriculum as they assess its effectiveness in meeting traditionally accepted standards, the degree to which it is informed by current developments within the discipline, and its potential for addressing new areas of study. When planning curriculum changes, academic units need to be aware of the required internal and external reporting procedures.
This process commonly addresses individual courses, as they may be initiated, revised, or deleted, and it may also address degree programs, as majors, minors, and/or concentrations are initiated, revised, and or terminated. Any of these actions must take into account not only curricular logic and coherence, but also potential student demand, ways that the curriculum relates to programs in other units across the university, and the anticipated effect that the action would have on resources within the university.