Since the strength of any university lies in its academic programs, keeping these programs current through a carefully constructed and maintained course and program development system is essential to the educational mission of the University.

The Course and Program Development Office facilitates curricular changes from academic departments through the input system to final action by the Provost (or designee).

The office's primary responsibilities are to help faculty prepare proposals for curricular modifications, introduce them into the process, and facilitate the proposal's progress through the process until approved. Carrying out these responsibilities involves such things as,

  • Making sure that proposal forms are correctly completed;
  • Offering advice about the best way to organize and convey information;
  • Identifying and addressing potential problems before proposals leave their initiating departments or colleges;
  • Distributing proposals to College and Faculty Councils and keeping track of them as they make their way through the Input System;
  • Helping resolve issues that arise during the approval process;
  • Updating and maintaining the university’s undergraduate and graduate catalog
  • Notifying appropriate University offices and personnel when the decision to approve or disapprove a proposal is made.
  • Preparing and submitting proposals for review by the Academic Officers Committee of the Michigan Association of State Universities (previously known as, the Presidents Council) and the Board of Regents

Course and Program Development Handbook (Updated: September 2016)

Proposal Development

In one fashion or another, every change to the University curriculum that requires official approval must go through the Course and Program Development process.

Proposal preparation is easily the most important step in the entire process; yet, this is where mistakes are most often made. The best way to avoid the pitfalls of proposal development is to involve the CPD Office (, 7-8954) before beginning work on a new proposal. This will speed proposal development and pave the way for smooth progression through the later stages of the input process. The approval of a duly prepared proposal is seldom questioned or delayed.

Course and Program Proposal Templates

  • New academic program
  • Program Revision (Proposal Template) This may include the addition or deletion of required or restricted elective courses, reconfigurations of existing courses, changes to admission requirements or graduation criteria, or a new concentration
  • New graduate or undergraduate course (Proposal Template)
  • Revision to existing course (Proposal Template) This may include a change to prefix, number, title, description, prerequisites, or restrictions.
  • Course Deletion (Proposal Template) - This would remove a course from Catalog and Banner, course would no longer be offered
  • Program Phase-Out (Proposal Template)
  • Program Shelving Please contact Evan Finley (
  • General Education (See General Education)

Are you looking for a status update on a previously submitted proposal?

This website is a repository for existing proposals broken down by College.

Degree Designation and Catalog Description

During the upcoming semester, members of the faculty are asked to consider the various programs in their department/school and make a determination as to whether that program should lead to a Bachelor of Science degree or a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Considering the focus of your various programs, you have the opportunity to designate your program as leading to a B.S. or a B.A. without including the foreign language requirement for a B.A. In other words, this designation requires NO program change.

To connect with student interests and to result in greater consistency in how programs are described in the catalog, we have provided a template for short program descriptions that include a brief introduction, statement about what students in the program learn, and opportunities available to students in the program.

This is an opportunity to present your programs in a clear and engaging fashion and to have your students in each program receive a degree consistent with what they have learned and with your disciplinary interests.

Please see the time line and instruction for completing this request, which uses Google Forms for submission.

We are asking to have all program degree designations and descriptions completed by December 2, 2016.

If you have questions about Course and Program Development, please contact Evan Finley, via email at or by phone at (734) 487-8954.