Academic Policy Approval

Academic policies that relate to courses, instruction, curriculum, graduation requirements, minors, majors, certificates, degrees, transfer credits, general education, and academic progress must go through the shared governance approval process.  Academic policy proposals to create, revise or eliminate an academic policy may be generated by an academic unit, college, committee (e.g., University-wide General Education Committee, University General Petitions Committee, University Academic Advisors Council) or non-academic unit or committee (e.g., Dean of Students, Registrar’s Office, Disability Resource Center). Policy proposals initiated by an academic unit require initial approval by the unit and college curriculum committees, as illustrated below. Policy proposals initiated by a committee or non-academic unit do not require college approval and may be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar.

The following approval process is followed for most academic policy proposals prior to implementation:

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Academic Approval Process flowchart - refer to description of process below this graphic

Process:

  1. Process starts with the Unit Head or Curriculum Committee
  2. Next passed to the College Head or College Curriculum Committee
  3. The Office of the Registrar reviews and routes the policy as appropriate to the Undergraduate Council or Graduate Council
  4. (Undergraduate) UGC Curriculum and Policies Subcommittee review
  5. (Undergraduate) Undergraduate Council (UGC) review
  6. (Graduate) Graduate College and Graduate Council Chair review
  7. College Academic Administrators Council (CAAC) review
  8. Faculty Senate Executive Committee review
  9. Faculty Senate review

Questions or concerns regarding the information on this page should be sent to Academic Catalog & Policy:

Email: catalog@arizona.edu