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Proposals for Academic Program Changes

Changes regarding academic programs may require UT System, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and/or Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) approval before becoming effective. The purpose of this webpage is to help those proposing changes navigate the applicable processes and to ensure that approved changes are moved forward in an appropriate and timely way.

Prior to any external approvals, it is important that the appropriate entities at UTSA are included in the process of proposing changes. From a faculty governance perspective, the respective Department Chairs, Deans, and/or Curriculum Committees should be involved prior to seeking approval for the change. In addition, the Faculty Senate and other entities are included in the approval process as noted on Approval Flowchart below.

New academic degree program, certificate, minor, concentration, or track

There are two stages to new degree program, certificate, minor, concentration, or track formation: the development stage and approval stage. 

Development Stage

This template should be used for the development stage and go through the following process before moving to the approval stage.  Once the template has been completed, it should be discussed by the academic Dean with the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs (Undergraduate Studies) or Vice Provost of Graduate School (Graduate) and subsequently the Deans’ Council. 

Approval Stage

If the proposed change is supported through the development stage, the department/College will be notified and the full proposal development will begin in the approval stage.

All other changes

For all other proposed changes, including but not limited to:

  • Degree program closure
  • Degree program name change
  • Change in the number of credit hours required for a degree or certificate
  • New off-site location to offer 25% or more of a degree program
  • New collaborative academic agreement, including joint and dual degrees

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Click here for information on Graduate Degree Program Proposals

Click here for more information on the SACSCOC Substantive Change guidelines