Curriculum Format Forms and Academic Deadlines

2014-2015 FORMATS AND DEADLINES

THE 2015-16 CATALOG DEADLINE established by the Registrar's Office, is MARCH 2, 2015.

Last year's 2013-14 Memo:
Memorandum from the Registrar's Office affecting deadlines for curriculum review and their effective dates. 

PDF of 2014-15 Curriculum Review Deadlines

Course and program requests received by October 3, 2014 will be effective for the Fall 2015 / Spring 2016 term, PENDING final approval by March 2, 2015.  

Requests not approved by or received too close to March 2, 2015 will be processed for the 2016-17 academic year.  Please plan accordingly.

Note that NEW certificate and degree program proposals may easily take more than a year for full approval and will receive close and time-consuming scrutiny.  New certificate and degree programs may not be offered or advertised until after Board of Regents' approval and Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities' approval.

Download rich text file (.rtf) or MS Word (.docx) formats for each type of request by clicking on the appropriate link below. Format forms and syllabus guidelines are updated regularly.  Please download and use the format forms linked on this web page instead of storing older versions.


SPECIAL TOPICS (-93): FORMAT 1A
Submit signed originals to Registrar's Office and send an electronic file copy to Governance Office.

  • 2014-15 review cycle deadlines:
    Registrar's Office may be contacted for future academic year deadlines.
  • SPECIAL TOPICS COURSE FORM - Format 1A
    Format 1A.rtf - Special Topics Course  
    Format 1A.doc (MS Word document format)

SUMMER SESSIONS SPECIAL TOPICS (-95): FORMAT 1B
Submit signed originals to Summer Sessions; contact Summer Sessions for deadlines, 474-7021.

  • SUMMER SESSIONS SPECIAL TOPICS FORM - Format 1B
    Format 1B.rtf - Summer Sessions Special Topics Course
    Format 1B.doc (MS Word document format)

NEW NON-THESIS RESEARCH/PROJECT (-98) or THESIS/DISSERTATION (-99) COURSE: FORMAT 1C
Submit signed originals and electronic copy to the Registrar's Office.

  • 2014-15 review cycle deadline:
    Registrar's Office may be contacted for future academic year deadlines.

    NON-THESIS RESEARCH / PROJECT -or- THESIS / DISSERTATION FORM - Format 1C
    Format 1C.docx - MS Word document format (Updated 8/13/2014)
    Format 1C.rtf - Rich text file format (Updated 8/13/2014)

TRIAL COURSE* (-94): FORMAT 1
Submit signed originals and one copy and electronic copy with required signatures to the Faculty Senate Office.  Submissions must include the course syllabus.

*A new course is not required to be offered first as a trial course. Trial courses may be offered up to three times under the original paperwork submission. They may be offered any time after approval, not necessarily the next consecutive semester after submission/approval.  Trial courses may not carry core curriculum designators ("X", "W", "O").


NEW COURSE* - FORMAT 1
Submit SIGNED originals and one photocopy with signatures to the Faculty Senate Office.  Please include an electronic copy with scanned signatures. Submissions must include the course syllabus.

If you are stacking, SEE NOTE BELOW.**

Using paperclips rather than staples will speed processing.

  • 2014-2015 review cycle deadlines:
    October 3, 2014: to be effective (pending final approval) for the 2015-2016 academic year.
    New Course paperwork received by Feb. 13, 2015 may be effective (pending final approval) in 2015-2016, but this cannot be guarenteed if the revision process goes slowly.
  • NEW COURSE FORM - Format 1
    Format 1.docx - MS Word document format for Trial or New Course (Updated 7/31/2014)
    Format 1.rtf - Trial Course or New Course rich text file (Updated 7/31/2014)
    Instructions for the New or Trial Course Format 1 form (PDF)

*A new course is not required to be offered first as a trial course.
**STACKED NEW COURSES, ENTER INFORMATION ON A SINGLEFormat 1 form that shows both course numbers (F4xx and F6xx) and both Catalog descriptions. This form will be copied to both undergraduate and graduate review committees and should include undergraduate- and graduate- level syllabi for both committees to compare.  If only a single syllabus is prepared, it must differentiate clearly between undergraduate and graduate levels of effort required for the course.  See course stacking guidelines.


COURSE CHANGE (MINOR) - FORMAT 2A
Submit to Registrar's Office; and send electronic copy to Governance.

  • 2014-15 review cycle deadlines:
    October 3, 2014 to be effective for the 2015-2016 academic year.
     Minor changes received after March 31, 2015 in the spring cycle will be processed for
    AY 2016-17. 
  • MINOR COURSE CHANGE FORM - Format 2A
    Format 2A.docx - Minor Course Change - in MS Word document format. (Updated 7/31/2014)
    Format 2A.rtf - Minor Course Change - in rich text format. (Updated 7/31/2014)
    Instructions for the Minor Course Change Format 2A form (PDF)

COURSE COMPRESSION - FORMAT 2B
Submit SIGNED originals and one photocopy with signatures to Governance/Faculty Senate Office.  Please include an electronic copy with scanned signatures.  Using paperclips rather than staples will speed processing.

Compressions of Core courses will need to be reviewed by the Core Review Committee.  Non-core course compressions will be reviewed by the appropriate Faculty Senate Committee and should be submitted to Governance by the deadlines below:

  • 2014-15 review cycle deadlines:
    October 3, 2014 to be effective for the 2015-2016 academic year (pending final approval at the Provost's level).
    Final approval at the Provost's level must occur by March 31, 2015 to be effective for 2015-16.  Curriculum received too late for full approval by the March date, will be processed for AY 2016-17.
  • COURSE COMPRESSION - Format 2B
    Format 2B.rtf - Course Compression Format Change rich text file (Updated 7/1/2011)
    Format 2B.doc - MS Word document format (Updated 7/1/2011)
        Updated procedure as of Fall 2011: Turn this form in to the Faculty Senate Office.

COURSE CHANGE (MAJOR) - FORMAT 2
Submit SIGNED originals and one photocopy with signatures to the Faculty Senate Office.  Please include an electronic copy with scanned signatures. Include course syllabus. If changing a STACKED course, SEE NOTE BELOW.**  Using paperclips rather than staples will speed processing.

  • 2014-15 review cycle deadlines:
    October 3, 2014 to be effective for the 2015-2016 academic year (pending final approval at the Provost's level).
    Final approval at the Provost's level must occur by March 31, 2015 to be effective for 2015-16. To ensure this, plan to meet the October 3 submission deadline! 
    Curriculum received too late for full approval by the March date will be processed for AY 2016-17.
  • MAJOR COURSE CHANGE FORM - Format 2
    Format 2.docx - MS Word document (Updated 7/31/2014)
    Format 2.rtf - Rich Text File (Updated 7/31/2014)

**If the course being changed is stacked, use ONLY ONE  Format 2 form referencing both course levels.  (The single form and syllabi will be copied to each Faculty Senate committee as necessary.)
Please see Course Stacking guidelines.


DROP COURSE - FORMAT 2
Submit signed originals and one photocopy with signatures to the Faculty Senate Office.  Please include an electronic copy with scanned signatures. Syllabus not required. Using paperclips rather than staples will speed processing.

  • 2014-15 review cycle deadlines:
    October 3, 2014 to be effective for the 2015-2016 academic year (pending final approval at the Provost's level).
    Final approval at the Provost's level must occur by March 31, 2015 to be effective for 2015-16.  Curriculum received too late for full approval by the March date will be processed for AY 2016-17.
  • DROP COURSE (MAJOR CHANGE) FORM - Format 2
    Format 2.docx - MS Word document (Updated June 2013)
    Format 2.rtf - Rich Text File (Updated June 2013)

NEW OCCUPATIONAL ENDORSEMENT PROGRAM - FORMAT 3A
Submit originals, 1 photo-copy, and electronic record of signatures to the Faculty Senate Office.
Note: OE submission from CRCD/CTC is entirely electronic, including all approvals.
*
Final approval for new OE's is at the level of the Chancellor; they do not go to the BOR.

  • 2014-15 review cycle deadlines:
    Occupational Endorsements are accepted throughout the academic year. (1)
  • To be included in the 2015-16 UAF Catalog, approval at the Chancellor level must be completed by March 31, 2015.  If approved after the March deadline, they can be shown in the online catalog addendum in their effective term.
  • OE's take effect the next term after their full approval is completed at the Chancellor level.
  • NEW OCCUPATIONAL ENDORSEMENT FORM - Format 3A
    Format 3A.doc New Occupational Endorsement Request (MS Word)
    Format 3A.rtf - (Rich text format)

NEW MINOR PROGRAM - FORMAT 3B
Submit signed originals and one photocopy with signatures to the Faculty Senate Office.  Please include an electronic copy with scanned signatures.  Using paperclips rather than staples will speed processing.

*Final approval for new minors is at the level of the Chancellor; they do not go to the BOR.

  • 2014-15 review cycle deadlines:
    October 3, 2014 to be effective for the following term (pending final approval at the Chancellor level).
  • To be included in the 2015-16 UAF Catalog, approval at the Chancellor level must be completed by March 31, 2015.  If approved after the March deadline, minors can be shown in the online catalog addendum in their effective term.
  • Minors take effect the next term after their full approval is completed at the Chancellor level.  (They do not go to the Board of Regents.)
  • NEW MINOR PROGRAM FORM - Format 3B
    Format 3B.docx - MS Word document (Updated 7/31/2014)
    Format 3B.rtf - Rich text format (Updated 7/31/2014)

NEW DEGREE PROGRAM - FORMAT 3
[Not for new minors or new occupational endorsements.  See forms 3A and 3B.]
       A draft prospectus is required along with the Format 3 request form. Format 3 forms received without a draft prospectus will be returned to the department.  Other required forms include the 2-3 page summary and Program Action Request form which go to the Board of Regents.

Submit SIGNED originals and one photo-copy, and an electronic copy with scanned signatures to the Faculty Senate Office.

  • 2014-15 review cycle deadline:
    October 3, 2014 in order to be effective Fall 2015 pending all approvals, including the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) which has 90 days to review the new proposed program AFTER BOR APPROVAL. Note that the program will not appear in the UAF Catalog until after NWCCU approval. New programs may not be advertised nor enroll new students until after NWCCU approval.  See notations (1) and (2) at bottom of web page.  Note that approval of new programs may easily take more than one year because of all the levels of review and approval required!
  • NEW PROGRAM REQUEST - Format 3
    [Not for new minors or new occupational endorsements.]
    Format 3.docx - New Degree Program (MS Word document format) Updated June 2013
    Format 3.rtf - New Degree Program (Rich Text File format) Updated June 2013

    INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING FORMS WITH THE FORMAT 3:
  • Program Action Request form.  The most current version of this statewide form is linked (below) on the System Academic Council page, under the section titled "Additional Documents and Links":
    Board of Regents Program Action Request Form

    two-to-three page program summary to accompany the Program Action Request.   The program summary should include:

    1.  Program Goals: a.) brief identification of objectives and means for their evaluation; b.) relationship of program objectives to the Purpose of the University (core themes, as per accreditation); and c.) occupational or other competencies to be achieved.
    2. List of faculty directly involved with the program.
    3. Enrollment information: a.) projected and present enrollment; b.) minimum enrollment needed to maintain program; and c.) maximum enrollment that can be accommodated.
    4. Need for program -- employment market needs.
    5. Resource Impact: Include the Resource Commitment Form from the Format 3 packet.  Its numbers must agree with those provided in the BOR Program Action Request. 


    Resource Commitment Form (rich text file)
    Resource Commitment Form (MS Word)

    The submission of a draft prospectus is required along with the Format 3 request. Below are instructions and a template, along with a sample for reference.
    NWCCU Prospectus Template (MS Word)
    NWCCU Prospectus Instructions
        Sample Prospectus


DELETION OF PROGRAM - FORMAT 4
Submit SIGNED originals and one copy and electronic copy with scanned signatures to the Faculty Senate Office.  Faculty Senate approved program deletions must go to the System Academic Council, and then to the Board of Regents, and, finally, the NWCCU for review and approval.

  • 2014-15 review cycle deadline:
    October 3, 2014 to be effective Fall 2015 pending all approvals (including Faculty Senate, Statewide Academic Council, Board of Regents, and NWCCU). (1) (2)
  • DELETION OF EXISTING PROGRAM - Format 4
    Format 4.rtf - Deletion of Program Request
    Format 4.docx (MS Word)

PROGRAM CHANGE (Major)** - FORMAT 5
Submit signed originals and one copy and electronic copy with scanned signatures to the Faculty Senate Office.

  • 2014-15 review cycle deadlines:
    October 3, 2014 to be effective for the 2015-2016 academic year (pending final approval at the Provost's level).
    Final approval at the Provost's level must occur by March 31, 2015 to be effective for 2015-16.  To ensure this, plan to meet the October 3 submission deadline!
    Curriculum received too late for full approval by March 31, 2015, will be processed for AY 2016-17. 
  • MAJOR PROGRAM / DEGREE REQUIREMENTS CHANGES FORM - Format 5
    Format 5.docx - MS Word document (Updated 7/31/2014)
    Format 5.rtf - Rich text file (Updated 7/31/2014)

MINOR DEGREE PROGRAM CHANGE** - FORMAT 5A
Submit signed originals and one copy and electronic copy with scanned signatures to the Faculty Senate Office.

  • 2014-15 review cycle deadlines:
    October 3, 2014 to be effective for the 2015-2016 academic year (pending final approval at the Provost's level).
    Final approval at the Provost's level must occur by March 31, 2015 to be effective for 2015-16.  To ensure this, plan to meet the October 3 submission deadline!
    Curriculum received too late for full approval by March 31, 2015, will be processed for AY 2016-17. 
  • MINOR PROGRAM CHANGE FORM - Format 5A
    Format 5A.docx - MS Word document (Updated 7/31/2014)
    Format 5A.rtf - Rich text file (Updated 7/31/2014)

Note: Name changes to programs are major changes. Any changes affecting degree requirements are major changes.  Minor changes include catalog corrections, and updating program description language for clarification.


CORE DESIGNATORS
Submit signed originals and one copy and electronic copy with scanned signatures to the Faculty Senate Office.  Include the course syllabus.


In order to facilitate a timely review of your course or program request:

  • Remember to allow time for all approvals (department head, college/school curriculum council, dean) and send requests to the appropriate office noted for the form by the deadline date.
  • Send full request in appropriate format.  Please do not "nest" Format forms together!  For example, submit a Core format form separately from any related Format 1 or Format 2 paperwork -- do not staple different forms all together. 
  • Send an electronic copy AND a hard-copy request with all original signatures to the Faculty Senate Office.
  • Governance and the Registrar's Office can not be held responsible for course paperwork sent to the wrong address and thus received past the deadline. Please address your submissions completely and with care. 
  • There is a 10-day period for comments and objections after items are received at the Faculty Senate Office (before review by Faculty Senate committees).
  • Notations:

    **Major program changes are to be processed similarly to new programs.
    ***Items submitted for the spring review cycle may not make the catalog production deadline. New programs, however, will be listed in the addendum section of the online Catalog after final NWCCU approval.
    (1) The Governance Office will forward for Provost/Chancellor approval.
    (2) Provost/Chancellor will forward to Statewide Academic Council for Board of Regents' approval process.

Contact Jayne Harvie at the Faculty Senate Office with questions:
312B Signers' Hall, Box 757500
474-7964
jbharvie@alaska.edu

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