Revisions to Existing Programs

Many program revisions require only campus approval. These revisions are approved by the program Chair and submitted to the Associate Provost’s office, using an Internal Program Revision form. Contact the Coordinator of Curriculum and Assessment with questions: 

Program Revisions Requiring External Approval from SUNY and New York State Department of Education (NYSED)

Some changes to the curriculum are more substantive and require an extra layer of approval that goes beyond the campus approval process. For a complete list of changes that require state approval,  please refer to this Guide for Proposing New Programs or Significant Program Revisions, and consult with the Associate Provost’s office for additional questions, or refer to SUNY program revision form (3A).  Also please note NYSED expectations regarding program curricula and faculty when proposing new programs or substantive revisions requiring State approval.

Curricular Revisions Requiring Middle States Approval

Certain changes in curriculum require  request for Substantive Change from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).  For more information please visit their website.  In addition, please review the Substantive Change Guidelines on the Middle States website for details.

New Academic Programs

Faculty should consult with the Associate Provost on any new major programs that are being proposed. Please note that all new academic majors require state approval after local approval by Academic Councils and EPC. Our office will provide guidance in completing the  appropriate SUNY forms.  Helpful information for new program/major proposals is available in SUNY’s Guide to Academic Program Planning and on SUNY’s Links to Online Resources site. 

New Minors

Proposals for new minors are not submitted to SUNY for approval but must be approved by faculty governance (Educational Policies Committee, EPC) and the Associate Provost. The process of approval requires the completion of a minor proposal form.

New Course Proposals 

New course proposal forms are available on the Registrar’s website.  Forms should be submitted to the Coordinator of Curriculum and Assessment. If a new course being proposed will alter the requirements of the major, then  indicate that information on the form where requested. The Coordinator will forward on the approved proposal to the Registrar to code in the catalog.


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