Curriculum and Program Development



The Program Review Committee (PRC) will not be convening during the 20-21 AY due to its participation in the Academic Program Portfolio Review (APPR). All proposals will be deferred until after the APPR process has been concluded. More information regarding the APPR process can be found here. Program proposals will only be reviewed under very limited special circumstances. If your proposal falls into one of the four following categories, it may be possible for the PRC to review your proposal:

  • Reviews of programs necessary for compliance with external accreditation policies; 
  • New program proposals warranting an extraordinary opportunity to develop a program; 
  • Program revisions necessary to the continued licensure, certification and/or authorization of graduating students;
  • Program suspension and/or termination proposals. 

If your program proposal meets any of the above criteria, please contact the PRC for further information on how to submit your proposal for review. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact 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 Kathleen La Voy, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, for more information.

Curriculum Proposal: Forms & Guidelines

Curriculum proposal is the process by which proposals are made 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 broadly, 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