6,045: Curricula-Elimination of Degrees, Majors, or Programs

Revised: June 2009

The procedures below govern the elimination of an academic program. The necessary form "NSHE Proposal for Elimination of Program" is available on the university website forms page.

New Program Pre-Proposal Process - Units interested in eliminating a degree, major, or other program should consult the appropriate dean(s) regarding the feasibility of the elimination. After review by appropriate departmental and college committees, the proposer(s) should forward the NSHE Proposal for Elimination of Programs IN BOTH HARD COPY AND ELECTRONIC FORMAT to the Provost's Office for consideration by the NPPP Committee. Items to be addressed are:

  1. Title of program to be eliminated
  2. Reason for proposed elimination of the program
  3. Plan to phase out the program including a description of how enrolled students' needs will be met
  4. Impact of elimination on faculty and staff, and related academic programs
  5. Description of the process of notifying other institutions regarding impact of program closure on transfer and articulation

After review and recommendation by the NPPP Committee, the proposing department receives a memorandum from the Provost's Office outlining how it should proceed. The final proposal and any University Courses and Curricula memos/forms needed should be forwarded to the Provost's Office through the appropriate dean.

If appropriate, the Provost's Office seeks review and recommendations from the Faculty Senate, Graduate Council, and/or UCCC. After receiving final recommendations, the president determines if the final proposal will be forwarded to the NSHE Academic Affairs Council and Board of Regents for approval.

Eliminations of degrees, majors, or programs also require approval by the NWCCU (see Section 6,042), which is sought concurrently with NSHE Academic Affairs Council and Board of Regents approval. Upon notification of approval by the Board of Regents and the NWCCU (see Section 6,042), the Provost's Office sends a confirming memo to the department, with copies to the following: the appropriate college dean, Admissions & Records, Planning, Budget & Analysis, the Graduate School (if applicable), the vice provost, University Assessment, and the President's Office.