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University Administrative Manual

6,000: Procedures for Changes in Courses or Curricula or Academic Units

Last Revised: August 2011

The 6,000 through 6,099 sections of the Administrative Manual provide information related to and guidelines for the following changes:

  • Courses - addition of new courses, deletion of existing courses, changes in existing courses (changes in course number, title, description, credits, prerequisites, etc.) - Sections 6,010-6,029
  • Curricula - changes in majors, minors, programs, certificates, degrees, etc. - changes in the requirements; changes in the name; additions of new majors, minors, programs, certificates, degrees, etc.; elimination of existing majors, minors, programs, certificates, degrees, etc. - Sections 6,030-6,059
  • Academic Units - changes in departments, colleges, schools - changes in name, re-organizations, additions or deletions of units- Sections 6,060-6,069 (see section 6,516-6,518 for changes in research or outreach centers, institutes, or other units)

Definitions of terms used in the chart on the following page:

  • Certificate - Refer to sections 6,052 and 6,053 below
  • Emphasis - Subdivision of an academic program that includes fewer than 18 credits (12 credits for master's degrees) of sufficiently different coursework from other subdivisions. The emphasis name will not appear on transcripts.
  • Major - Primary subject or field of study
  • Minor - Secondary subject or field of study (refer to section 6,051)
  • Specialization - Subdivision of an academic program that includes 18 or more credits (12 credits for master's degrees) of sufficiently different coursework from other subdivisions. The specialization name will appear on transcripts.

See the chart below for an overview and the individual sections for details.

TYPE OF PROPOSAL (Admin. Manual Section)New Program Pre-Proposal CommitteeDepartment Courses & CurriculumCollege C&CUniversity C & CGraduate CouncilFaculty Senate ReviewNSHE Academic Affairs CouncilBoard of RegentsNWCCU ACCRED. BODY
Courses-Additions, Deletions, or Modifications1 (6,010) No Yes Yes Yes No No No No  
Minors, Emphases, Specializations, etc. within a new degree–Changes, New, Eliminations (6,000, 6,030 & 6,040) No Yes Yes Yes If graduate level No No No No
Emphases, Specializations, etc - Converted to a major Yes Yes Yes Yes If graduate level No Yes Yes Yes
Degree, Major - New, Deletion, Deactivation (6,040, 6,041, 6,042, & 6,045) Yes Yes Yes Yes If graduate level No Yes Yes Yes
Degree, Major - Reactivation, if the degree or major was placed on hold (deactivated) by the BOR within 5 years No Yes Yes Yes If graduate level No Yes No Yes
Degree, Major - Name change with significant curriculum change Yes Yes Yes Yes If graduate level No Yes Yes Yes
Degree, Major - Cosmetic name change w/no curriculum change (6,040) No Yes Yes Yes If graduate level No Yes No Yes
Certificate-New undergraduate of 30 credit hours or more; Elimination (6,052, 6,053) Yes Yes Yes Yes If graduate level No Yes No Yes
Certificate - New undergraduate of less than 30 credit hours; post baccalaureate certificates Yes Yes Yes Yes If graduate level No No No Yes
Department, School, or College, or Other organizational unit - Cosmetic Name Change (6,060) Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes No No
Department, School, College, Institute, Center or other organizational unit-New, Deletion, Deactivation (6,060) No No No For catalog copy changes No Yes Yes Yes No
Department, School, College - Name change resulting from significant reorganization, consolidation or change in mission (6,060) Yes No No For catalog copy changes No Yes Yes Yes No
Organizational Unit, Center or Institute - Name change that is the result of a significant reorganization of existing units, consolidation or change in mission No No No For catalog copy changes No Yes Yes Yes No
Editorial Catalog changes/corrections [6,010(4) & 6,030(3)(d)] No No No Yes - Info, Item No No No No No

1Note: Effective 07/01/04, new undergraduate courses or deletions of undergraduate courses require the NSHE Common Course Numbering form.

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