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At-A-Glance: Academic Course and Program Development

As of January 2017, the course and program modification and development processes underwent significant revisions. There are now five categories of curriculum modification and development process that have specific forms and processes.

I. Course Proposals and Modifications

Applicable Actions
  1. Establish a new course
  2. Discontinue a course
  3. Revise a course
    1. Change course number
    2. Change title of course
    3. Change course description
    4. Change course prerequisites
    5. Change course credit hours
    6. Establish an alternative delivery system for a course
Required Forms
Approval Process

II. New Academic Units

Applicable Actions
  1. Establish a New Academic Unit
  2. Change the name of an Academic Unit
  3. Reorganize Academic Units
    1. Minor reorganization (e.g., moving a department from one college to another college)
    2. Signification reorganization (e.g., elevating a School to a College)
Required Forms
Approval Process – Internal (with the exception of establishing a new academic unit)

*New Academic Units and Significant Reorganization of Academic Units require APSU Board of Trustees approval

**New Academic Units require THEC approval

III. Academic Program Modifications (Internal)

Applicable Actions

*Require submission of the Intake Form to Curriculum Coordinator for review and approval prior to proceeding with the relevant proposal submission form in Curriculog.

#Requires submission of the Intake Form to Academic Affairs and approval of Provost and VP for Academic Affairs and the University Curriculum Committee prior to proceeding to completing and submitting the relevant proposal form in curriculog.

Required Forms
Approval Process – Internal with THEC Notification only

IV. Academic Program Modifications (THEC Approval required)

Applicable Actions
  • Changes to degree designations of existing academic programs (such as BA to BFA or adding BS to a BA degree program)#
  • Elevation of an existing concentration to a stand alone academic program#

#Requires submisson of the Intake Form to Academic Affairs and approval of Provost and VP for Academic Affairs and the University Curriculum Committee prior to proceeding to completing and submitting the relevant proposal form in Curriculog.

Required Forms
  • Intake Form (Curriculog Form 2)
  • Program Modification Form (Curriculog Form 6 or 10)- Per THEC Policy A1.1
  • Side-by-side Comparison of current program and program, if applicable
  • THEC Financial Projection Form
  • 4 Year Plan or Graduate Degree Map
  • Student Learning Outcomes, if applicable
Approval Process
  • Department Curriculum Committee & Department Chair
  • College Curriculum Committee & Dean
  • University Curriculum Committee
  • Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • APSU President
  • APSU Board of Trustees
  • THEC
  • SACSCOC, if applicable

V. New Academic Program Proposal (NAPP)

Applicable Actions
  • New degree program (Major)#
  • New certificate program (in excess of 24 credit hours)#
Required Forms
  • Intake Form (Curriculog Form 2)
  • New Academic Program Proposal (Curriculog Form 4 or 8)
  • Letter of Notification (LON) (Curriculog Form 7)
  • THEC Financial Projection Form
  • 4 Year Plan or Graduate Degree Map
  • Program Student Learning Outcomes

# Requires submission of the Intake Form to Academic Affairs and approval of Provost and VP for Academic Affairs and the University Curriculum Committee prior to proceeding to completing and submitting the relevant proposal form in Curriculog. 

Approval Process

APSU Lifecycle of the New Program Development Process

APSU Types of Requests and the Approval Process