Revision to Degree Program


The Educational Policies Committee (EPC) will refer to program review documents when considering proposals for revisions to a degree. Program review documents provide evidence for the need for curricular changes; Departments that have not completed a program review in over five years may not be able to present adequate rationale or evidence for revisions to existing programs.

Changes in majors should be proposed in conformity with the Guidelines for Breadth in New Bachelor's Degree Majors and the Definition of Bachelor of Arts Degree, Bachelor Science Degree, Master of Arts Degree, and Master of Science Degree as discussed here.

Proposals resulting in a change in the number of units required for a degree program must be reported to the Chancellor's Office.

The form for revisions to programs can be found by using the link to the left for FORMS.

Typically, revisions to degree programs are initiated by department faculty.

Revisions can include:

  • changes to the overall curriculum such as focus, degree requirements, number of units, etc
  • changes to minors, concentrations or emphasis in the major,
  • changes to the distribution of courses,
  • changes mandated by accreditation,
  • changes requiring new courses be added to the curriculum,
  • reorganization of program curriculum

Checklist for Preparing Revision to a Degree Program

  • School and Department identified.
  • Contact person identified.
  • School Curriculum Committee approval noted.
  • Indicated if GE or Graduate Studies affected, if so obtain approvals.
  • Provide basic detail about program change and clearly indicate date of proposed implementation.
  • Provide a document showing side by side changes in the program. See examples below.
  • Provide a rationale for the change(s).
  • If another School is affected by this change, include a letter of acknowledgment.
  • Clearly indicate if any resource changes are required or how resources are being deployed differently due to the change.
  • Discuss the learning outcomes met by the revision. Map these to the program learning outcomes.
  • Discuss how the revision will be assessed.
  • Include a new course form for any new courses and include sample syllabi.

Examples of program revisions

Approval routing

Proposals for changes in existing programs degree programs will be reviewed by the School Curriculum Committee, the School Dean, the Academic Programs office, EPC, the Senate, the Provost and the President. Send your documents to to start the approval process.

Proposals resulting in a change in the number of units required for a degree program must be reported to the Chancellor's Office. Proposals that change a program by 25% may require WASC approval.