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Section Three - Program Discontinuance

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I. Initiation

  • 1.000 A program discontinuance may be requested by the following faculty bodies: the academic area offering the program, if requested by a majority vote of the full-time probationary and tenured faculty of the academic area; the faculty council of the college offering the program, if requested by a majority of those members voting; the Curriculum and Educational Policies Council, if requested by a majority of those members voting; and the Academic Senate, if requested by a majority of those members voting.

  • 1.100 A program discontinuance may be requested by the dean of the college offering the program. Such a request may be initiated only after consultation with the appropriate academic area or areas and the faculty council of the college.

  • 1.110 A program discontinuance may be requested by the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.

  • 1.120 If the request to discontinue a program originates with a body other than the department offering the program, all tenured and probationary faculty members in the department(s) offering the program must be notified of the action before it is forwarded to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and the Chair of the Academic Senate.

  • 1.200. The request to discontinue an academic program shall be sent simultaneously to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and the Chair of the Academic Senate.

  • 1.300. The request to discontinue an academic program shall be sent to the appropriate University Councils, omitting a program discontinuance study, when the initiating body presents evidence of one or more of the following conditions. Even for the situations described below, a program discontinuance study shall be carried out if requested by any three people (students, faculty members, or administrators.
    • There is no evidence that any students have been enrolled in the program during the previous three years.
    • There is so little student demand for the program that necessary courses have not been offered for the previous three years.
    • The program is one of several alternate programs offered within the same academic unit, and one of the alternate programs better serves student needs.
    • Faculty members needed to teach the courses for the program have retired or otherwise left University employment, and the academic area's long-range planning indicates that new hiring would be better done in other areas of specialization.
    • An agency external to the campus, such as a credentialling agency or accreditation agency, required discontinuance of a given program.

  • 1.400. Upon receipt of a request to discontinue an academic program, the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs shall initiate a program discontinuance study, except for those situations described in Section 1.300.

 

Section 3: Program Discontinuance
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