When new academic programs (degree/majors, named options, certificates, minors) or subject listings are established, the original approval documents associated the academic program with an academic unit. This link between the academic program or subject listing and the department/academic unit is critical to linking the academic activity back to the department that supports and oversees the academic activity. The academic unit serves as the academic and administrative home of the program. For example, the department/academic unit typically fills the following roles:
Because of the importance of the roles played by the academic/administrative home, records of any changes must be documented and approved through governance. Academic programs and subjects must be housed in academic units, that is, in units that have academic governance structures. Academic units should meet the standards of a department or department-like unit as defined in Faculty Policies and Procedures Chapter 5 and be housed within a school/college (FPP Ch 3). For exceptions, faculty must provide a robust rationale and establish a structure that has department-like features and supports the role of the academic/administrative home.
A proposal to change an academic/administrative home can be originated by the sending or receiving unit. Memos that document faculty governance votes at the department level and school/college level accompany the proposal or can be included in the approval notes in Lumen Programs. Any change to a plan or sub-plan will need to be made through Lumen Programs. Any changes to subjects of departments will need to be made through Lumen Structures.
The proposal includes the following information (prompted by questions in the proposal form):
If a change of academic home is embedded in a larger restructuring proposal, information should be provided that covers these same points. In such cases, the Graduate Faculty Executive Committee (GFEC) will approve the graduate program change of academic home in the context of the restructuring proposal.