University of Southern Indiana
Changing the Graduate Curricula

Procedures for the review of the graduate curriculum, including the curricular content of new programs, approval of new courses, and the modification of existing courses and program curricula are described below. Petitions for changes in curricula are available from the Office of the Provost.

General Guidelines

  1. The term curricular program is defined as the specific course requirements for any master's or certificate program to be applied toward some degree or certificate- granting program offered by the University. Any change in these requirements is interpreted as a modification of a curricular program. Changes in the total number of credit hours required to complete a degree program or in the number of credit hours required to complete a particular degree, changes in the title of the degree or certificate, and additions and deletions of any required courses will be interpreted as modifications of a curricular program. Changing the timing of specified courses (say from fall semester to spring semester or from first year to second year) is not considered a modification requiring approval.
  2. A petition is required to introduce any new graduate course or to modify or delete any existing graduate course. Changes in the number of credit hours, in course titles, in the distribution of contact hours between lecture and laboratory, in the course content or description, or in prerequisites will be interpreted as modifications of a course.
  3. To be published in the semester schedule, all petitions for new courses and/or curricular programs should be submitted to the chair of the Graduate Council according to the following schedule: February 15 for courses to be offered during the fall term, September 15 for courses to be offered the following spring and summer terms.
  4. Petitions are to be prepared in accordance with petition formats available in the Office of Graduate Studies. All petitions must meet the following criteria:
    1. Approval by the college-level graduate council, or in the case of interdisciplinary courses, by the college-level graduate councils of all affected colleges.
    2. Approval by the dean, or in the case of interdisciplinary courses, by the deans of all affected colleges.
    3. Approval by the director of the Office of Graduate Studies
    4. Approval by the provost.
  5. All curriculum changes at the University are effective on August 15 each year.

Procedures for Introducing a New Curricular Graduate Program
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Petition for New Graduate Program   Word Version   PDF Version

  1. The proposal is initiated or prepared at the department or school level as appropriate. A department is defined for this purpose as an academic discipline. Authorization to develop new programs is the responsibility of the Academic Planning Council. The University of Southern Indiana Board of Trustees reviews and approves such programs in light of the Higher Education Services Plan. New program request petitions are then submitted to the appropriate state agencies. If the new program is not related to a present department or school, the program may be initiated and prepared through the Office of the Provost. It shall be prepared by the school requesting the change.
  2. The original of the petition must be submitted to the director of Graduate Studies for review by the Graduate Council.
  3. In evaluating petitions, the Graduate Council may extend invitations to concerned faculty members to attend Council sessions and may request additional information which it considers necessary. After initial evaluation by the Graduate Council, a description and the rationale for the program will be published in University Notes. The faculty will be given ten instructional days from the time of publication in which to present to the Graduate Council written support or objection to the proposal. If objections have been received and cannot be resolved through discussion by the concerned parties, the Graduate Council will consider the petition again.
  4. Following its evaluation, the Graduate Council will submit the recommendation to the Academic Planning Council. Upon approval by the Academic Planning Council, the petition will be forwarded to the Faculty Senate for review. Their recommendation will be submitted to the president.
  5. Notice of final administrative approval will be published by the Provost in University Notes.
  6. When final state approval to implement a new curricular program is received, all new courses for the program must be approved following the procedures for initiating new graduate courses.

Procedures for Initiating New , Modified, or Deleted Graduate Courses
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Petition for A New, Modified, or Deleted Graduate Course   Word Version   PDF Version


Course Removal/Irregularly Offered Course Policy
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Courses that appear in the Bulletin but are not offered within four calendar years will either be removed or designated irregularly offered in subsequent issues of the Bulletin by action of the Provost in consultation with deans. Once removed, courses must be introduced via the curricular procedures for the addition of new courses. The first four year period commences Fall, 1988.

Course Numbering System
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The following information should be kept in mind when assigning course numbers. Course numbers between 001 and 099 are available for credit but do not apply to the 124 hours required for graduation. Such courses are typically of a developmental nature. Generally, the following numbers are used for courses at the 100 level and above:

Course Number   Level
100 - 199    Freshman
200 - 299      Sophomore
300 - 399 Junior
400 - 499    Senior
500 - 599    Graduate
600 - 699  Graduate Only

Assignment of these numbers should not be construed as an indication that the course is restricted to members of the particular year noted. Additional notation is required to restrict a course if that is deemed advisable and appropriate. Courses bearing the catalog number 500 or above carry graduate credit. Courses numbered in the 500 series usually have 400 counterparts which are open to undergraduate students. Five specific courses numbered 501 in the School of Business do not have 400 counterparts and do not count toward the M.B.A. degree. Courses numbered in the 600 series and above are open only to graduate students.

Course numbers ending in either a 0 or 99 indicate that the class can be repeated for credit up to the maximum hours specified.

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