New Program Approval Procedures - Minors

Approval is required only for minors for which a major does not already exist.

Introduction

The following material describes the procedures for the review of proposed minors at Iowa State University. The procedures provide for both faculty and administrative input at all levels. This document describes both the approval process and the information that should be provided in a program proposal.

The proposal to establish a new minor is initiated by faculty members. The establishment of an undergraduate minor requires approval by the department or sponsoring group, the appropriate college curriculum committee, the college faculty, the college dean, the Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee, the Faculty Senate, and the Senior Vice President and Provost. The establishment of a graduate minor requires approval by the department or sponsoring group, the Graduate College's curriculum committee and Graduate Council, the Graduate Dean, and the Senior Vice President and Provost. Minor proposals do not need approval by the Board of Regents.

Program Proposal

An outline of the necessary information is provided below. The completed proposal should be made available in an electronic form for review and approval.

Form (Word doc, 26KB)

Review and Approval Process

  1. Departmental/Interdepartmental Review. The information concerning the program is presented to the departmental faculty and administrator or appropriate interdepartmental group. The appropriate administrator (generally the department chair) is responsible for consulting with the college dean concerning administrative support for the proposed program. The recommendation of the faculty and administration together with supporting materials are then transmitted to the appropriate college level committee and administrator.
  2. Academic College Review. Academic college level review is conducted by the college curriculum committees, college faculty, and the dean. The results of departmental and college reviews with supporting information are next presented with recommendations concerning the program to the Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee.
  3. University Review. The university level review is conducted by the Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee. The FSCC passes its report to the Faculty Senate Academic Affairs Council for submission to the Faculty Senate. The results of their review with supporting information are then presented with recommendations concerning the program to the central administration, who will review the proposal for final approval.

revised May 2011