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CEHSP Curriculum Process

This page outlines the CEHSP curriculum process. Once they are approved by the Dean's Office, proposals are submitted to the VCAA's office where they are forwarded to the next step (e.g.., liberal education, Council of Deans, UMD Graduate Council for 4xxx - 8xxx, Twin Cities Graduate Council for 8xxx-level and to the Regents when necessary). 

All proposals must be submitted to Lynn Velander electronically by the department head or the DGS at least one week prior to the date of the appropriate curriculum meeting. Refer to Academic Affairs Council or Graduate Program Council for scheduled meeting dates.

Course Proposals

A course proposal is initiated by a regular faculty member.  Templates for proposals are listed below.  Choose the template that reflects the type of proposal to be developed.  Carefully follow the instructions in the form and in the linked pages, and forward as indicated in these steps.


  1. Choose a template, complete all parts, and save the file using a descriptive file name, e.g., eled_1010_change, hper_3000_add, etc.
  2. Use all URL links in the form to make sure you conform to University policies.
  3. Send the file to Nancy Burley, Office of VCAA, for editing and clearance (not required for minor course changes or drops).  Nancy will return the proposal to you, with suggested changes highlighted.  Make the appropriate changes and go on to the next step.
  4. Submit the proposal to the department curriculum committee.  After final editing and approval by the department, send the electronic proposal file to the department head via email.
  5. The Department Head enters x.500 login, followed by name (e.g., jsmith—John Smith) in the signature box.  If the proposal is for a Graduate School course or program, forward to the DGS for electronic signature.
  6. The department head or DGS forwards the proposal file to Lynn Velander via email. 


IMPORTANT:  The file must be received by the Dean's Office one week prior to a scheduled curriculum meeting. 

Curriculum Committee Consideration

Proposals will be circulated to the appropriate curriculum committee.  Curriculum committee members are encouraged to use the review form will consider the following questions in their review.  


  • What is the rationale for the proposal?
  • Is the level of the proposed course appropriate?
  • Are the outcomes stated in measurable terms?  Example.
  • Do the evaluation methods address the stated outcomes?   Example.
  • Is the conceptual outline congruent with student outcomes? Example.
  • Does any duplication across programs result?
  • Is the proposal congruent with the objectives of the program/department?
  • Does the proposal conform to relevant University policies? 
  • Are all required sections of the document completed?


The proposal should include sufficient information to answer these questions.  In addition, the department representative on the curriculum committee should be well versed about the proposal, and/or invite the faculty sponsor to attend the meeting in which the proposal will be considered. 

Where (which curriculum committee) are course proposals submitted?


Course Level

Considered by

1xxx, 2xxx, 3xxx or 4xxx level

Academic Affairs Council

4xxx, 5xxx, 6xxx, 7xxx or 8xxx level for graduate credit

Graduate Program Council

NOTE: Proposals for 5xxx courses, and 4xxx courses for which graduate credit is sought, should reflect academic requirements and standards consistent with graduate credit.

Proposals associated with Graduate School Programs, or collegiate graduate courses for which Graduate School credit is desired, after approval by CEHSP Graduate Program Council and DGS, will be forwarded by UMD's Director of Graduate Programs to the Graduate School Council.


Changes to Programs


  • Updates to programs should be outlined in memo format and submitted to Lynn Velander in the Dean's Office.
  • Updates to undergraduate majors and minors will be reviewed by Academic Affairs committee.
  • Updates to graduate programs will be reviewed by Graduate Program Council.


Any variation on delivery of existing programs (e.g., distance delivery, cohort model, accelerated programming, etc.) should be outlined in memo format and submitted to Lynn Velander. The memo should include rationale and explanation of how the content and mission of the program are being effectively delivered in the adaptation. Any exceptions to GPC approved policies necessary for the adapted program should be outlined for approval by GPC.

Proposals for New Programs

Use guidelines for preparation of academic program proposals for Regents' review.


  • Proposals for undergraduate programs, minors and concentrations or specializations are reviewed by Academic Affairs Council, with a recommendation for approval/disapproval forwarded to the Dean of the College.
  • Proposals for graduate programs or specializations are reviewed by Graduate Program Council, with a recommendation for approval/disapproval forwarded to the Dean of the College.


The template for proposing a new program, off-site delivery, new track or concentration, etc., is available from the UMD Curriculum Process page.