Curriculum and Program Development


Interim Approach for AY22

Academic Assembly has unsuspended and reactivated the Program Review Committee (PRC) for AY22 and endorsed the following plan for managing its two main functions: curriculum proposal review and program review.

Curriculum Proposal Review

1. The Provost's Office will continue to manage the annual cycle of curriculum proposal review through the interim process established last year, and the restriction on the kinds of program-change and course-change proposals to be submitted is no longer in place. Working with the VP of Curriculum and Chair of PRC, we will identify significant/substantial program changes that require a full review by PRC. 

2. Proposals for new undergraduate programs will not be received. Proposals for new graduate programs will go through the process described below.

Program Review

1. In order to create space for rethinking our processes of academic program review and assessment at Seattle University, PRC will focus this year on completing those program reviews that have concluded or nearly concluded their self-study and are awaiting final review from the PRC. Any program scheduled to begin its periodic program review this year, and any program whose review was previously scheduled and subsequently postponed, will be asked to postpone their review until Reimagining and Revising the Curriculum is complete and a new process for review is put in place.

2. The postponement of program review will not apply to externally accredited programs which are subject to a different accreditation timeline—the PRC will continue to conduct its role in the review of these programs.


Please direct any questions to John Fleming (Academic Affairs Program Manager) at

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Academic programs are at the heart of every student’s experience. This page consolidates information about curriculum and how it is developed. Contact John Fleming, Academic Affairs Program Manager, for more information.

Curriculum Proposal Review: Forms & Guidelines

Curriculum proposal review is the review process of proposals to:

  • form a new program
  • terminate/suspend an existing program
  • revise an existing program
  • form a new course
  • revise an existing course
  • delete an existing course
  • miscellaneous changes, such as program admissions standards or progression

These proposals are considered by the Program Review Committee, the Academic Assembly, the Office of the Provost, and Academic Affairs more broadly, as well as the President and the Board of Trustees. Significant changes to the curriculum (whether new, terminate/suspend, or revision) also often need to be accredited by our university accrediting body, NWCCU, and meet federal financial aid requirements.

Program Review: Process and Guidelines

Program review is a regular, ongoing process of self-study that every academic program undertakes, typically on a seven year schedule. Externally accredited programs review based upon their accreditation timeline. The program review process takes approximately one year, and the final submission is reviewed by the Program Review Committee, the Academic Assembly, and the Office of the Provost.

Midterm Status Report

A new program proposal, or program review for an existing program, that has been reviewed by Program Review Committee and approved by the Provost, may include a final requirement for a midterm status report, typically at the three-year mark from approval of the initial submission. This document outlines the process for that report.

Assessment of Student Learning

All programs engage in annual assessment projects using their program learning outcomes. The assessment reports are reviewed by the University Assessment Committee, a subcommittee of Academic Assembly.

Program and Course Learning Outcomes

Every academic program and course has associated learning outcomes. For more information on the development of learning outcomes, please see the Center for Faculty Development's Curricular Design resources

Course learning outcomes can be mapped to program learning outcomes with a Curricular Map. A simple example of a curriculum map is show here.


Program Outcome 1

Program Outcome 2

Program Outcome 3

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Key: I=Introduced, R=Reinforced