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Curriculum Development and Revision

SUNY’s Guide to Academic Program Planning provides an overview for planning new academic programs or revising existing programs. More specific directions are provided on the corresponding SUNY academic program planning forms.

All program revisions must be approved before being published online (program website and/or College Catalog, etc.). Please allow at least 30 days for publication; additional information may be required. Small program changes should be proposed and approved in the fall semester (for the following fall semester) to be ready for advance registration in April. For program revisions that require SUNY or state approval, allow additional time.


Many program revisions require only campus approval:

1. Campus Approval:
    BOS Coordinator → Chair or Director → Dean → Assoc. Provost (P. De Cooke)
    → (if necessary) Academic Council(s) → EPC

These revisions are approved by the chair/director and dean, and submitted to the associate provost, using an internal program revision form and sample program schedule.

External Approval: After campus approval, the following program revisions must also be approved by SUNY and the New York State Education Department (NYSED), and require the SUNY program revision form (Form 3A):

2. External Approval:
    Assoc. Provost/Provost → SUNY → NYS Education Dept.

  1. Cumulative change from the last state/SUNY approval of the registered program of one-third or more of the minimum credits required for the award (e.g., 40 credits in a bachelor’s degree program). In counting credits, eliminating one 3-credit course and replacing it with a new 3-credit course is counted as a 3-credit change.
  2. Changes in the program’s focus or design (e.g., eliminating management courses in a business administration program), including a change in the program’s major disciplinary area.
  3. Adding or eliminating one or more options, concentrations, or tracks.
  4. Adding or eliminating a requirement for completion, including an internship, clinical placement, cooperative education, or other work- or field-based experience.
  5. Altering the liberal arts and sciences (LAS) content in a way that changes the degree classification as defined in Section 3.47(c)(1-4) of the Rules of the Board of Regents.
  6. Changes in:
    • Program title
    • Program award (e.g., change in degree from BA to BS)
    • Mode of delivery (e.g., to distance education)
    • A format change that alters the program’s financial aid eligibility
    • A change in the total number of credits of an undergraduate certificate or a graduate advanced program
  7. Any change to a registered program leading to professional licensure, or the addition of licensure qualification to an existing program, except that changes to courses or credits that do not satisfy one of the required content areas in the profession do not need SUNY approval and NYSED registration unless required by one of the other categories above.


New certificate (Form 2C), undergraduate (Forms 1A, 2A), and graduate (Form 1B, 2B) programs also use the appropriate SUNY forms and follow the approval processes outlined above. Helpful information for new program proposals is available in SUNY’s Guide to Academic Program Planning and on SUNY’s Links to Online Resources site.

Updated Nov. 2, 2015

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