Guidelines for the Development and Approval of New Freestanding Interdisciplinary Minors

Reference Number: S81-075
Senate Approval Date: Thursday, January 01, 1981

PROPOSED GUIDELINES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND APPROVAL OF

NEW FREE STANDING INTERDISCIPLINARY MINORS

ACADEMIC SENATE POLICY S81-75
Superseded by F10-255 (PDF)

A.

Preface

The University Interdisciplinary Council formulates a statement of

the basic attributes to be possessed by all new free standing interdisciplinary

minors. These attributes are already referred to in the Interdisciplinary

Studies Task Force Report.

B.

Academic Master Plan Projection

A new interdisciplinary minor will be given consideration for inclusion

in the campus Academic Master Plan when:

1.

A "Prospectus" is prepared on the new minor to include:

a.

proposed title of new minor and general subject areas likely to be

included in the program

b.

statement of need for and/or desirability of new minor in relation

to the mission of the institution;

c.

expected clientele (i.e., type and numbers) for this new program;

d.

a statement of resources (including library resources) which are likely

to be required and a statement of impact on other programs of the University;

e.

names of sponsors which must include representatives from each disciplinary

area likely to be involved in offering the program.

2.

The Prospectus is submitted to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies who

will be responsible for its dissemination to all College Deans for information

purposes and for coordinating its review by the University Interdisciplinary

Council and approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

C.

Development, Approval, and Implementation of Formal Program Proposal

1.

After the minor is approved for inclusion in the Academic Master Plan,

the University Interdisciplinary Council in consultation with the original

program proposers shall designate a formal Program Committee to include

as many of the original program proposers as desire to serve, plus others

as appropriate.

2.

Program

Committee prepares curriculum of new minor utilizing the guidelines

contained in Senate Policies F79-50

and F80-63.

3.

Completed program proposal is directed to appropriate College Dean

for appropriate consultations and endorsements.

4.

After College endorsements are received, final proposal is submitted

to the University Interdisciplinary Council, CRAC, Academic Senate,

Provost, and where necessary, the Chancellor's Office for final approval.

5.

Minor is assigned an administrative home per the guidelines of the

Interdisciplinary Studies Task Force Report.

6.

On-going oversight and evaluation responsibilities for the new program

are shared by the University Interdisciplinary Council and the Provost's

Office.

** APPROVED BY PRESIDENT ROMBERG ON MAY 20, 1981 **