Create, revise, or inactivate courses at any time. The below documents will help guide you through editing the forms and submitting them to workflow. For information on how the curriculum change process and governance approval works as a whole, refer to the Curriculum Change Process & Policies page.

New to CIM or not sure where to begin? The following introductory materials are intended to help.    

Understand how CIM works and want to dive into the detail? The following detailed documents can help. Documents about creating/editing general education and umbrella topic courses are listed separately below.

To get started, use the Course or Umbrella Topic Forms links at the top of the page.

Please note: once you have hit the green "Save and Start Workflow" button, you can no longer make edits because the form has moved to the next step in workflow. If you click this button by accident, please contact the next person in workflow to roll the form back to you for more editing. If you want to save without submitting to workflow, you can select the yellow "Save as DRAFT" button instead.

Proposed new courses and edits that haven't been submitted into workflow after 6 months or more are subject to review by the Records office to verify if the proposal is still moving forward. If the proposed changes will no longer be happening, please contact Records to shred the proposal.

General Education Courses:

The General Education Committee reviews all curriculum changes to courses in the General Education Program, including new courses being added, courses being deleted, and any type of change to a current course in the program. The general education portion of the CIM Course Form will need to be completed for all general education courses, even if nothing in that section is being changed.

To get started, click on the Course Form link at the top of this page.

Helpful links

Review criteria for new General Education course proposal
Current General Education Student Learning Outcomes
- catalog
Current General Education Program - catalog
Taskstream - website
General Education Revisions & Assessment - Faculty Senate page

Umbrella Course & Topic Forms

An umbrella course is a generic course that allows departments to test out specific topics under the umbrella course number. If there is enough interested, these test topics are expected to become independent courses with their own number. Each test topic can only be offered under the umbrella course number a limited number of times. An Umbrella Topic Form must be completed before the topic can be scheduled every time. 

To get started, use the Umbrella Topic Form link at the top of this page.

If Adding a New Umbrella Topic:

  • Search for the parent umbrella course number (i.e. WGS 330) 
  • Select the green Add a New Topic button 
  • Complete the form & submit to workflow when ready

If Re-Using an Umbrella Topic:

  • Search for the parent umbrella course number using an asterisk (*) at the end (i.e. WGS 330*)
  • Scroll through the previously offered topics displayed to find the topic
  • Select topic and hit green Edit Topic
  • Complete the form & submit to workflow when ready

If Creating a New Umbrella Course:

  • Hit the green Propose New Course
  • Complete the form & submit to workflow when ready

Umbrella topics should not be confused with topics for a course offered  on a regular basis (such as current events courses). The topics for this latter type of course do not become separate courses and can be offered an indefinite number of times. Contact your college's Scheduling Coordinator if a new topic is to be scheduled for a normal non-umbrella course.


Contact the UWL Curriculum Team at with questions or for in-person training.