Academic Program and Unit Approval Process (PCC)

Academic units planning to create, modify, or discontinue academic programs or departments need to follow the campus Programs, Curricula, and Courses (PCC) procedures for review. Individual courses are approved or modified by a different process through the Course Approval (VPAC) process.

CourseLeaf Curriculum Management (CIM)

The academic program proposal, review, and approval process is online through the CourseLeaf Curriculum Management System (a.k.a. CIM, pronounced Kim). The CIM system makes it easy to find the status of submitted program proposals. The system is also integrated with both the Undergraduate Catalog and Graduate Catalog. Approved proposals will automatically update the next version of the catalog, eliminating the need to enter the same program information twice (once in the proposal and then a second time in the catalog).

Proposals must be submitted through the CIM system. To help prepare new program proposals, a worksheet based on the CIM proposal is provided. Please note that this worksheet is only provided to help formulate responses to the CIM proposal form prompts, and will not be accepted in lieu of the CIM proposal. A PCC Manual is also available for detailed information on the structure, content, and requirements for PCC proposals.

Please note that proposals to create, modify, or discontinue academic units will still be handled through a paper process. Please contact our office at pcc-submissions@umd.edu for more information about submitting these kinds of proposals.

Approval Process

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.

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