Programs, Curricula & Courses (PCC) Manual

Table of Contents
Approval Routes and Times
Centers and Institutes
College Contacts

The Design of Academic Programs

Curriculum Changes
Faculty Governance
Off-Campus and
Distance Learning

Bachelor's Degrees
Honors Programs
Master's Degrees
Doctoral Degrees
Combined Bachelor's /
Master's Degrees

Dual Master's /
Doctoral Degrees

Master and Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies

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Programs, Curricula & Courses (PCC)
Procedures Manual


For a pdf of the PCC Manual, click here.

For the PCC Cover Sheet, click here.

For proposals that will modify Limited Enrollment Programs, click here.

The Programs, Curricula & Courses (PCC) Manual describes the procedures to develop or modify academic programs or academic unit structures. Individual courses are approved or modified by a different process through the Vice President's Advisory Committee (VPAC).

Preparing a Proposal
The information needed to prepare a proposal is collected in two major documents: the PCC Manual, which focuses on the procedures and the approval process; and The Design of Academic Programs, which focuses on the content of the rules and regulations that govern academic program design.

Proposal formats vary considerably according to the type of change under consideration. Refer to the Table of Contents for the specific requirements for your proposed change. All proposals must include a cover sheet, which must be approved and signed at each stage of the process, AND an electronic version of the other proposal components, which should be emailed to Academic Affairs at after approval by the Dean. Specific instructions are also located on the cover sheet for your convenience.

All proposals (with a few exceptions listed below) follow this approval path before being submitted to Academic Affairs:

  • Departmental PCC Committee(s)
  • Department Chair(s)
  • College/School PCC Committee(s)
  • Dean(s)

This procedure can be modified for non-departmentalized Colleges or for interdisciplinary programs. Exceptions include establishing a center, offering an existing program in a new location, and offering a new program under the Master of Professional Studies or Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies framework..

Please contact Academic Affairs with any questions you may have.

Mike Colson, Senior Coordinator for Academic Programs



Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Planning & Programs