The Office of the Course and Program Development (CPD) facilitates curricular changes from academic departments through the input system to final action by the Provost. 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 Catalog and Curricular Development Associate’s (7-8954, efinley2@emich.edu) primary responsibilities is to help faculty prepare proposals for curricular modifications, introduce them into the process and monitor, and facilitate a proposal’s progress through the process until approved. Carrying out these responsibilities involves such things as,

  • Making sure that proposal forms are properly completed;
  • Offering advice about the best way to organize and convey information;
  • Identifying and taking care of 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 catalogs
  • Notifying appropriate University offices and personnel when the decision to approve or disapprove proposals has been 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 EMU Board of Regents

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.

These include:

  • New academic programs (Proposal Template)
  • Revisions to existing programs (Proposal Template) This may include the addition or deletion of courses, reconfigurations of existing courses, and changes to admissions or program level graduation criteria.
  • New graduate or undergraduate courses (Proposal Template)
  • Revisions to existing courses (Proposal Template) This may include changes in number, title, description, prerequisites or restrictions; changes to program or subject codes.
  • Course Deletion (Proposal Template)
  • Program Phase-Out (Proposal Template)
  • General Education (See General Education)

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 from the start. Involving the Catalog and Curricular Development Associate early will speed proposal development and pave the way to smooth progress through the later stages of the input process. The approval of properly prepared proposals is seldom questioned or even delayed.

Looking for an update on a proposal you have already submitted?

This website is a repository for existing proposals broken down by College. If you do not see your proposal, please contact Evan Finley at efinley2@emich.edu.


 If you have questions about Course and Program Development, please contact Evan Finley, via email at efinley2@emich.edu or by phone at (734) 487-8954.