Academic Program Actions & Processes

Forms

All forms below are submitted to the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs who will submit them to NSHE.

Academic Master Plan

Academic Program, Degree, Major, or Primary Field of Study Name Change

This process is used to change the name of an academic program, degree, major, or primary field of study.

Name changes for programs in which students are currently enrolled must be approved by the NSHE Academic Affairs Committee June of the year prior to the fall semester of implementation. For example, to implement in fall 2018, a name change would need to have been approved in June 2017.

For Graduate Curriculum, the Graduate College also needs this form completed.

Graduate program or degree name changes require the NSHE Academic Program Change Form above.

Organizational Unit

Please see the link near the top of the page: "Fees Associated with Additions, Eliminations, Changes."

Organizational Unit Elimination

The Organizational Unit Elimination Coversheet and the NSHE Organizational Unit Elimination Form are used to propose the elimination of an organizational unit, center, institute, department, school, or college. It is NSHE policy that a future date for an elimination be established that will "make every effort to allow current students to graduate and faculty to be placed in other programs if feasible."

It is important to understand that advance planning and communications with numerous university offices are required to complete an orderly elimination in a manner that does not disadvantage the students in the cases in which students are involved. Please contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at 702-895-1267 to discuss these communications.

Organizational Unit Name Change

The Organizational Unit Name Change Coversheet and the NSHE Organizational Unit Change Form are used to propose a name change of an organizational unit, center, institute, department, school, or college.

Organizational Unit Proposal

The Organizational Unit Proposal Coversheet and the NSHE Organizational Unit Proposal Form are used to propose a new organizational unit, center, institute, department, school, or college.

New Program, Degree, Major Pre-proposal

Please see the link near the top of the page: "Fees Associated with Additions, Eliminations, Changes."

A pre-proposal is the first step in the new program, degree, or major process. A conversation should take place with the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs to find out if the proposed new program would be supported. In reviewing the idea, there are a number of considerations:

  • Does it support the achievement of the unit and college's or school's mission?
  • Is it included in the college's strategic plan?
  • Does it contribute to the fulfillment of UNLV's mission and core themes?
  • Is it included in UNLV's Academic Master Plan?
  • Does it address important issues relevant to Nevada citizens?
  • Does fit within the strategic direction of the Nevada System of Higher Education?

Form

New Program, Degree, Major Proposal

Please see the link near the top of the page: "Fees Associated with Additions, Eliminations, Changes."

The full proposal is the second step in the new program, degree, or major process. The full proposal requires a resource analysis and an academic assessment plan. There is a checklist to guide you through the steps in the proposal process. It contains the information needed to complete the documents and submit them.

Program Mode of Delivery Elimination Request

This process is used to request the elimination of a program mode of delivery. It is used only to eliminate a mode of delivery, not an entire program. A mode of delivery could be face-to-face, online, or hybrid. It is important to understand that advance planning and communications with numerous university offices are required to complete an orderly elimination in a manner that does not disadvantage the students.

Program, Degree, Major Elimination

Please see the link near the top of the page: "Fees Associated with Additions, Eliminations, Changes."

This process is used to propose the elimination of a program, degree, or major.

Advance planning and communications with numerous university offices are required to complete an orderly elimination in a manner that does not disadvantage the students. It is NSHE policy that a future date for program elimination be established that will "make every effort to allow current students to graduate and faculty to be placed in other programs if feasible."

Graduate Program, Degree, Track/Strand Deactivation Request

Please see the link near the top of the page: "Fees Associated with Additions, Eliminations, Changes."

Deactivation of a program, degree, major, primary field, or certificate begins with conversations within the college or school with the faculty in the program, the chair or director, and the dean. If it is a graduate program, the Dean of the Graduate College also needs to be consulted. A program may be deactivated for less than five years with the appropriate approvals. A deactivated program will be considered formally eliminated after five years if not reactivated. See the coversheet for full details.

Program, Degree, Major Reactivation Request

Please see the link near the top of the page: "Fees Associated with Additions, Eliminations, Changes."

This process is used to reactivate a program, degree, major, primary field of study, or certificate that was deactivated less than five years ago.

Differential Fees Request

Please see the link near the top of the page: "Fees Associated with Additions, Eliminations, Changes."

If you have questions, please call x51267.

Certificates

Please see the link near the top of the page: "Fees Associated with Additions, Eliminations, Changes."

Undergraduate

Certificates of 1-29 credits are approved by the Faculty Senate Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

Once Faculty Senate approval has been obtained, send the proposal and the the date of Faculty Senate approval to vpaa@unlv.edu

Certificates of 30 or more credits must go through the program approval process and require NSHE Academic Affairs Council (AAC) approval.

Skills Certificates of less than 30 credit hours that provide preparation necessary to take state, national, and/or industry recognized certification or licensing examinations require AAC approval.

Graduate

Graduate Certificates are approved by the Graduate College New Programs and Program Revisions Committee, the Graduate College and the Provost Office. More detailed information regarding certificate approval and the required form can be found on the Graduate Curriculum web page.

Graduate certificates must be at least 12 credit hours and are typically less than 30 credit hours. Graduate certificates requiring more than 30 credits require NSHE Academic Affairs Council (AAC) approval.

If the certificate will be offered outside of the United States, please provide a complete description in the proposal. It is essential for the Executive Vice President & Provost's office to be aware of that information so that UNLV's regional accrediting agency can be informed.