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Curriculum Policies and Guidelines

Curriculum Deadlines

New courses and course changes/alterations must be approved by the March Faculty Senate meeting to be effective in the Fall term, and by the October Faculty Senate meeting to be effective in the Spring or Summer terms.

New course proposals that miss this deadline can still be considered until the December, April, or June Faculty Senate meetings for the Spring, Summer, and Fall terms, respectively, but such courses will not be listed in the initial schedule of courses and will not appear in the catalog's program requirements.

To make it on the agenda for a given Faculty Senate meeting, a course must be passed by the previous Faculty Senate Executive Committee meeting. To make it on the agenda for the Executive Committee meeting, it must be passed by the Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee at least 10 calendar days prior to the Executive Committee meeting.

Please take into account any additional time required for department and college committees to pass the course before it is forwarded to the Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee.

All changes to existing degree programs must be ratified by all approval levels no later than April 30 to go into effect for the next academic year. New degree programs must be ratified by all approval levels (including the Board of Governors) no later than April 30 to go into effect for the next academic year.

Approval Calendar

Policy Related to Creating, Changing, and Terminating Academic Programs

A uniform, institutional standard for the categorization of all degree programs, majors, minors, areas of emphasis, and undergraduate and graduate certificate programs at current locations currently served by West Virginia University has been developed. The relevant approval processes are implemented through the Curriculum Inventory Management (CIM) system. 

Guidelines Concerning Degree Program Titles and Designations

Approved degree programs at WVU are listed in the WVU Curriculum Matrix, available at http://registrar.wvu.edu/curriculum-matrix. Guidelines were developed to facilitate selection of appropriate degree program titles and designations and to establish principles to maintain uniformity across programs at WVU. Please see the document below for details on guidelines for degree designations at WVU.

Degree Designations Guidelines


WVU Subject Code Policy

The WVU Subject Code Policy outlines the process by which new subject codes are created. Please see the document below for details on establishing new subject codes at WVU.

WVU Subject Code Policy