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Creating, Revising, Suspending, or Eliminating an Academic Program Heading link

Creating, revising, and eliminating academic programs, as well as other administrative changes to programs, centers, instructional units, etc. follow the same, multi-step governance pathway from the department to college and beyond. Not all proposals are required to go through every step; it varies depending on the type and scope of the request. The campus Office of Academic Programs outlines the process and links to required forms on their website. (NOTE: Most of the required forms were updated during the 2022-23 academic year. Please confirm you have the most up-to-date versions.)

When is a program revision needed?
The UIC Academic Catalog is, for all intents and purposes, the official rule book of program requirements. Students can only be held to program requirements spelled out in the catalog. The curriculum belongs to the faculty of the university, so changing those requirements in any way requires a formal review process governed by faculty. This includes adding or removing a course option from a selective course requirement. Departments (DUS/DGS) have the authority to grant students individual exceptions to an existing requirement; however, these should truly be exceptional situations. If the department is regularly granting exceptions, it may be that either the requirements or the department’s course rotation need a closer look.

Academic Program Rules & Requirements Heading link

Program Review and Assessment Heading link

The UIC Office of Academic Program Review and Assessment (APRA) works with academic units to evaluate student learning and to use the findings to identify ways of improving future learning. They coordinate two main kinds of program evaluation: 1) degree program assessments and 2) program reviews, and also oversee regular assessment of general education coursework. Of these, Directors of Undergraduate Study tend to be most involved in the two-year degree program assessment cycle.