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Academic Program Planning

Academic Program Planning works with faculty and administrators on the development, authorization and approval of New Degrees, Dual Degrees, Changes to Existing Degrees, the Establishment of New Certificates, Proposal to Increase or Reduce Semester Credit Hours, the Creation of a New Academic College or School, and the Creation or Changes to Programs as well as oversees MOUs, Articulation and Clinical Affiliation Agreements.

Please click the links below to secure information on how to submit academic program changes and how said changes are tracked through the development, authorization and approval process.

New Degree Proposals

The possible and actual establishment of new undergraduate and graduate degree program offerings.

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Change in Title to an Existing Degree

The possible change to existing undergraduate and graduate degree program offerings.

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Dual Degree Proposals

To allow academically outstanding students to pursue two separate degree programs through a structured process.

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Creation of a New Academic College/School

The possible creation of a new department, dissolution of departments, name changes of departments, consolidations of departments and movement of a program into another department as well as merge existing College of Science and College of Liberal Arts into a new College of Arts and Sciences, etc.

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Create or Change a Program

The possible and actual establishment of program name changes, program dissolution and consolidation of programs.

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Proposal to Increase or Reduce Semester Credit Hours (SCH)

Program changes that result in an increase or reduction of SCH degree requirements. 

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Proposal to Establish a New Certificate Offering

The possible and actual establishment of new upper and lower division or graduate certificate programs.

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SACSCOC Notification, Approval, and Assessment

The University of Houston is required to notify the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) of any changes in accordance with substantive change policy, and when required, seek approval prior to initiation of the changes.

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Glossary of Terms 

A glossary of terms related to academic program planning. 

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