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Academic Program Planning and Approval

Please contact the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Sandy Grunwald (sgrunwald@uwlax.edu), early in the process of planning a new program or making substantial changes to existing programs.   Also before working on development and approval for a new program, be sure that your department chair and dean are aware of the academic proposal.

UWL Academic Program Planning and Approval Guide 

New Majors/Degrees

New Minor, Concentration or Emphasis Proposal Template

New Centers or Institutes Proposal Template

New Certificate Program Proposal Template

Complete Academic Planning Committee (APC) Procedures and Guidelines

Program Review

Academic programs at UW-La Crosse undergo an Academic Program Review (APR) on a regular cycle as one component of our commitment to academic excellence. Coordinated by the Faculty Senate's Academic Program Review Committee, the review process provides an opportunity for program faculty to reflect on curriculum, assessment, new initiatives, personnel, and support for achieving the goals of the program.

Programs that have external accreditation participate in UWL's APR the year following their accreditation review.  Programs without external accreditation participate in the process, which includes an external review, every seven years.  Free standing minor programs go through an abbreviated process every seven years.

The Academic Program Review Committee is the governance body responsible for maintaining and updating the procedures and criteria used to review academic programs at UWL. The APR Committee is also responsible for scheduling and conducting, in consultation with the Provost/Vice Chancellor, the audit and review of academic programs.

Academic programs are reviewed according to the Program Review Schedule.

Program Review Process and Timeline:

Self-Study Report Guidelines:

Other Pertinent Documents

Resources for Faculty and Instructional Academic Staff

The Center for the Advancing of Teaching and Learning (CATL)'s Teaching Improvement Guide that provides excellent guidance including recommended syllabi templates.

Student Evaluation of Instruction (SEI)

Unclassified personnel rules: Link to policy and procedures of the University of Wisconsin System (UWS) and those with further specific definitions to UW-La Crosse (UWL).  Chapter 3 pertains to faculty appointments.

Retention at UWL: Description of retention portfolio materials and how to generate them.

Faculty promotion process information: Links to HR promotion resources including schedules, policies, guidelines and forms. This information is process-specific.

NIAS Career Progression Information: Links to HR promotion resources including schedules, policies, guidelines and forms. This information is process-specific.

Faculty and IAS promotion portfolio development resources: Get tips and best practice information for developing your best promotion portfolio.

Digital Measures: Digital Measures is the required portfolio management software. Get links to tutorials, FAQs, and instructions for using e-portfolios.

Self-Service TAI: Links to instructional video on Self-Service TAIs