Program Discontinuance Procedures
A. A department, the Committee on Undergraduate Curriculum and Academic Standards, the Graduate Council, the University Senate, or the University President may initiate a recommendation for program discontinuance.
B. For functional purposes at this institution and for the term of the current CSU-AAUP contract, the term “program” shall refer to those programs for which program sheets exist* and any program sheets subsequently approved; discontinuance of minors in departments which do not have majors (e.g., Philosophy and Humanistic Studies) shall also follow the procedure outlined below.
C. Any recommendation for program discontinuance shall be first reviewed by the Committee on Undergraduate Curriculum and Academic Standards or the Graduate Council to determine specific courses which would be affected and the effect of those discontinued courses on the other University programs. For the purposes of evaluating discontinuance, elimination of individual courses shall not be viewed as discontinuance. Only the request to eliminate groups of related courses, which would de facto force the discontinuance of any group, shall be viewed as discontinuance.
D. The Committee on Undergraduate Curriculum and Academic Standards or the Graduate Council shall:
a. University Planning & Budgeting Committee.
b. Schools concerned.
c. Department(s) concerned.
E. Within a period of time specified by the Committee on Undergraduate Curriculum and Academic Standards or the Graduate Council, the above mentioned groups shall examine the proposal for program discontinuance and determine if it is based on bona fide educational considerations. The reports submitted to CUCAS or the Graduate Council by the various groups shall include the following:
F. In the event that discontinuance involves a graduate program, information from E 1, 2, and 3 above should be sent to the Graduate Council which will then report and make its recommendation to the Senate.
G. The CUCAS or Graduate Council’s report to the University Senate shall include:
a. Recommendation for program discontinuance timing.
b. Basis and validity for discontinuance.
c. Possible alternative arrangements for program continuance.
H. The University Senate shall review the CUCAS or Graduate Council’s recommendations to determine if these have been based on bona fide educational considerations. Within 60 calendar days of the initiation of a request for program discontinuance, the University Senate shall have completed its review and shall pass on its recommendations and the Committee report to the University President for appropriate action.
I. The President shall be requested to inform the Senate of his/her decision.
*See appended list, Inventory of Programs and Program Sheets.
Adopted: Nov. 25, 1980
Amended: Mar. 31, 1981