UVU Curriculum Approval Workflow
UVU's curriculum process is driven by Curriculum policy, Board of Regents policies and NW Commission on Colleges and Universities accreditation standards. Individual departments and programs may be further influenced
by additional accrediting bodies. Perhaps one of the most perplexing questions that
arises concerning the curriculum process is, "How long will it take?" The time necessary to take an item from idea to classroom will vary depending on
the nature of the curriculum action. It might take as little as 16 months, but could
require as much as 37 months or more.
Did you know that the Board of Regent's policy (R401) identifies more than twenty
specific curriculum actions? Adding new certificates or degrees, discontinuing existing
programs of study, creating Institutes or Centers, changing degree names, restructuring
existing program or administrative units are just a few of the actions that fall under
what we generally call "curriculum."
The approval workflows below will prove helpful in planning and demystify the timing
Program Changes (Major)
||R401 Executive Summary (include program curriculum) to
UVU Budget Director
||Prioritization by Academic Affairs Council (include executive summary)
||COMET Data Entry1,2 and R401 Write-up
||Dept & College/School Curriculum Processes2,3
||UVU Curriculum Committee Deadline4
||UVU Curriculum Committee Meeting
||Academic Affairs Council (include program curriculum w/R401)
||Board of Trustees R401 Submission and Meeting
||OCHE Submission of R401
- OCHE Staff Review
- Council of CAOs (IP Video) Review
- Item Approved by PRC; Prepared for Regents
||Board of Regents Agenda
Course & Program Changes (Minor)
- The May 1st deadline is for proposals that will be effective Fall of the following
year (if approved). The proposals must be entered into COMET and have received formal
approval from the Department Chair, College/School Curriculum Committee Chair, and
Dean by May 1st. Additional paperwork is required for both the Board of Trustees and the Board of Regents. Department chairs should consult with the Director of Academic Scheduling & Curriculum
very early in the curriculum process to successfully prepare the necessary documentation.
- All curriculum requests, approvals, and disapprovals must be processed in COMET.
- Some departments may also have Advisory Committees that should review their proposals
prior to being submitted to the UVU Curriculum Committee.
- Minor course changes and deletions are reviewed and given final approval by the UVU Curriculum Committee; however, new course proposals and significant course modifications must also be
approved by the Academic Affairs Council and the VPAA. Minor program changes are reviewed and given final approval by theUVU Curriculum Committee; however, new programs, program deletions, and significant program changes must also
be approved by the Academic Affairs Council, the VPAA, the Board of Trustees, and the Board of Regents.
- Budgetary limitations must be taken into account in the planning stages. Contact your
- Reflects the earliest date.