Graduate curriculum review process
Step 1. Graduate Curriculum Development
• Concept for graduate course or graduate program change
• Consult with Dean of Graduate Studies
• Prepare CAR form for creation of a new course or change in an existing course --- attach course outline or syllabus for new course
• Prepare PAR form for creation of a new graduate degree or change in existing graduate degree
• Prepare and attach to PAR a completed New Program Request Form for new graduate program (Examples provided by Dean of Graduate Studies)
• If a new course changes the requirements in an existing graduate degree prepare a CAR form and a PAR form documenting the course change
Step 2. College/School Review and Approval
• Formal presentation to department graduate faculty, feedback for further development, signature approval of department graduate faculty chair and department chair
• Formal presentation to college/school graduate faculty, feedback for further development, signature approval of college/school graduate faculty chair
• Review of proposal by college/school dean (and affected college/school dean if applicable), feedback for further presentation, signature approval
Step 3. University Graduate Committee Review and Approval --- reviews the proposal to allow input from and provide information to the University community while resolving any conflicts that may arise.
• Submit proposal to Dean of Graduate Studies for docketing or feedback for further development
• Formal presentation of proposal to the University Graduate Committee
• First Reading: feedback for further development and approval
• Second Reading: feedback for further development if necessary and approval
• Proposal signed by Chair of the University Graduate Committee
Step 4. Vice President for Academic Affairs Review and Approval --- reviews the proposal for content and resource needs and makes final recommendation.
• Dean of Graduate Studies presents documentation to VPAA
• VPAA reviews the proposal and signs approval
• If the proposal is for a new course, the CAR is forwarded to Facilities for addition to the University course inventory
• If the proposal is a PAR for a new graduate degree program or substantial revision in an existing graduate degree program, a cover letter is prepared and the proposal is forwarded to the UT System.
Step 5. University of Texas System Review and Approval --- reviews the proposal for consistency with the University mission and goals of the UT System.
• Vice Chancellor reviews the proposal
• If further development is necessary, Vice Chancellor contacts VPAA and Dean of Graduate Studies to request changes
• Vice Chancellor makes recommendation to the Board of Regents
• Board of Regents reviews the proposal
• University representatives are present to respond to questions
• Signature approval and the proposal is forwarded to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Step 6. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Review and Approval --- reviews proposal relative to offerings at other public institutions, provides final level of approval, and monitors the success of the graduate degree program after approval.
• Coordinating Board staff reviews the proposal --- evaluates need, quality and cost of proposed graduate degree program
• If further development is necessary, staff contacts VPAA and Dean of Graduate Studies to request changes
• Non-substantive proposal recommended for staff approval
• Formal presentation of proposal for substantive proposal
• Signature approval to implement graduate degree program
• CIP code assigned
• Notification of UT System
• UT System notifies President of University
• Provost notifies campus community