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Academic Program and Center/Institute Approval


The UIC Senate has the legislative responsibility for the educational policy of the Chicago campus and, through its Senate Committee on Educational Policy (SCEP), contributes to the development and maintenance of educational programs of the highest quality that conform to the stated mission of the campus and the University. Specifically, the Senate and SCEP have jurisdiction for the establishment or elimination of, or changes in, educational programs and curricula; course offerings; requirements for degrees, certificates, and honors; experimental educational programs; continuing education; periodic evaluation of academic programs; and other matters of educational policy. In addition, the University of Illinois Statutes also provide for Senate review and action in the formation of new units (departments, intermediate units, colleges, general university organizations, and campuses) or changes in existing units (e.g., organizational changes such as termination, separation, transfer, merger, change in status or the renaming of academic units).

The processes for programmatic change, described below, have been developed in accordance with campus mandate and University of Illinois Statutes. The Office of Programs and Academic Assessment assumes a central role in the process as a reviewer of programmatic proposals, as a coordinator of the various stages of the processes, and as a liaison to the units (departments, colleges, GC, SCEP, Senate, BOT, IBHE) that are involved in the processes of programmatic change.

Before proposals to establish new degree programs and centers and institutes, revisions to existing programs, and the formation of new units or changes to existing ones can be submitted to the UIC Senate for its review and action, they must go through a process consisting of several stages of review in order to gain approval for implementation. Each stage represents a different level of review (department, college, etc.) and necessarily follows the procedures and practices for that level. However, there exists a general overall process that has been in place for a number of years and is described here.