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Program Proposals

The purpose of this page is to discuss the elements of a successful program proposal.

All program proposals, including new courses must be submitted through CIMS at: https://futurecatalog.wvu.edu/programadmin/

Directions for using CIMS are posted here. For access, use your WVU Login credentials, typed in all lowercase.  

The WVU Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee handles only undergraduate program proposals. 

Graduate program proposals are handled by the Graduate Council.

The policy related to creating, changing, and terminating degree programs, majors, minors, areas of emphasis, certificate programs, and teaching specializations at WVU is posted here.

Majors and Degree Programs

A new major may be proposed.  New degree programs must be approved by the Board of Governors after being passed by the faculty senate.  New majors within existing degree programs do not require BoG approval. See the policy related to creating, changing, and terminating degree programs and majors posted here.

Majors and degree program proposals must be preceded by an Intent to Plan, which contains the following information:

  • Program title. Limited to 60 characters.
  • Primary subject: The Primary Subject selected will determine the roles used in workflow at the department and college level. Example: by selecting ENGL, the English Department Curriculum Committee and ENGL Chair will be added to the workflow.
  • College/School.
  • Level: Graduate, Undergraduate, Professional.
  • Degree designation: If this is a major associated with an existing degree, select the degree.  Otherwise select “New Degree Program."
  • The educational goals and objectives.
  • The relationship of the objectives to the mission of the University.
  • A brief description of the major’s content.
  • A statement assuring high quality standards will be maintained, including maintaining a continuing assessment of quality.
  • Other institutions in West Virginia that offer similar programs.
  • Evidence of the need for this major, including market analysis and the anticipated student demand.
  • Additional resources (faculty, space, financial) needed.*

Minors

A new minor may be proposed. Guidance for minors is here.

The proposal form requires the following information:

  • Program title. Limited to 60 characters.
  • Primary subject: The Primary Subject selected will determine the roles used in workflow at the department and college level. Example: by selecting ENGL, the English Department Curriculum Committee and ENGL Chair will be added to the workflow.
  • College/School.
  • Level: Graduate, Undergraduate, Professional.
  • The educational goals and objectives.
  • Additional resources (faculty, space, financial) needed.*
  • Evidence of need for the minor.
  • Intended population the minor will serve.
  • Anticipated outcomes of the minor.
  • Plan to assess the outcomes of the minor
  • Does a similar minor exist? (Yes or No).
  • Does the proposed curriculum include course prerequisites or course requirements taught by another academic unit? (Yes or No)
  • Describe the pattern of course availability during the academic year for all required courses and prerequisites.
  • Format curriculum offered: 100% on campus, 100% online with no physical presence required, greater than 50% online, less than 50% online.  Note: Homeland Security requires that a minimum of 90% of any program enrolling students on a study visa must be available in face-to-face instruction, requiring physical presence of the international student.
  • Requirements and Catalog Information: Include all curriculum requirements in the course list, including minimum grade and minimum GPA requirements (if any). 

Areas of Emphasis

A new area of emphasis may be proposed. See the policy related to creating, changing, and terminating areas of emphasis posted here.

The proposal form requires the following information:

  • Program title. Limited to 60 characters.
  • Primary subject: The Primary Subject selected will determine the roles used in workflow at the department and college level. Example: by selecting ENGL, the English Department Curriculum Committee and ENGL Chair will be added to the workflow.
  • College/School.
  • Level: Graduate, Undergraduate, Professional.
  • Associated Major.
  • The educational goals and objectives.
  • Additional resources (faculty, space, financial) needed.
  • Rationale for the Area of Emphasis, including student demand and projected enrollments.*
  • Does the proposed curriculum include course prerequisites or course requirements taught by another academic unit? (Yes or No)
  • Describe the pattern of course availability during the academic year for all required courses and prerequisites.
  • Format curriculum offered: 100% on campus, 100% online with no physical presence required, greater than 50% online, less than 50% online.  Note: Homeland Security requires that a minimum of 90% of any program enrolling students on a study visa must be available in face-to-face instruction, requiring physical presence of the international student.
  • Requirements and Catalog Information: Include all curriculum requirements in the course list, including minimum grade and minimum GPA requirements (if any). 

Program Changes and Deactivations

Programs may be changed or deactivated.  To do this, go here and then find the program that you would like to change and then click “Edit Program” or “Deactivate Program."