Curricular Proposal Timeline/Deadlines

New degree proposals must be approved by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission at their June meeting to begin in the fall term of that same year. All other proposals must be approved by the Faculty Senate at their June meeting to begin in the fall term of that same year.

When figuring out when to submit a proposal it is best to consider the full review process. Prompt responses to questions posed during each review stage will help proposals move efficiently through the process.

Curricular Proposal Review Process:

Flowchart of the curriculum management process

Deadlines Based on Posted Meeting Schedules

The following tables outline the review timeline once a proposal is approved by the Graduate Council or Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (and once comments are received from the Faculty Senate Budget Committee if the proposal is related to a program).

It is recommended that items are fully approved at the school/college level and into the OAA Curriculum Coordinator queue 10-12 weeks prior to the date when items are due to the Steering Committee. Departments, schools, and colleges may set their own internal submission deadlines so you will want to identify those dates first. 

Abbreviations used in the following tables: 

  • ASAC: Academic and Student Affairs Committee of the PSU Board
  • SPC: Statewide Provost Council
  • HECC: Higher Education Coordinating Commission
  • NWCCU: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Proposals Effective Fall 2021

New Degree Programs (Bachelor, Master's, Doctoral)

New degree programs effective fall 2022 are encouraged to be submitted during the following timeline as well. 

Recommended Date Proposals are submitted to OAA Date Items Due to Steering Committee Faculty Senate Meeting ASAC Meeting SPC Meeting HECC Meeting
3/27/2020 9/10/2020 10/5/2020 11/10/2020 12/15/2020 2/11/2021
4/24/2020 10/9/2020 11/2/2020 1/13/2020 2/16/2021 4/8/2021
5/29/2020 11/13/2020 12/7/2020 1/11/2020 2/16/2021 4/8/2021
10/2/2020 12/11/2020 1/4/2021 4/5/2021 5/18/2021 6/10/2021
10/30/2020 1/8/2021 2/1/2021 4/5/2021 5/18/2021 6/10/2021
11/20/2020 2/5/2021 3/1/2021 4/5/2021 5/18/2021 6/10/2021

NWCCU notification is submitted individually after HECC approval. The average response time from NWCCU is 2 weeks. Programs may not be advertised until NWCCU acknowledgement is received.

All Other Curricular Proposals

Recommended Date Proposals are submitted to OAA Date Items Due to Steering Committee Faculty Senate Meeting
3/27/2020 9/10/2020 10/5/2020
4/24/2020 10/9/2020 11/2/2020
5/29/2020 11/13/2020 12/7/2020
10/2/2020 12/11/2020 1/4/2021
10/30/2020 1/8/2021 2/1/2021
11/20/2020 2/5/2021 3/1/2021
1/1/2021 3/5/2021 4/5/2021
1/29/2021 4/9/2021 5/3/2021
2/19/2021 5/7/2021 6/7/2021

Additionally, new certificates and minors require NWCCU notification. This is submitted individually after Faculty Senate approval. The average response time from NWCCU is 2 weeks. Programs may not be advertised until NWCCU acknowledgement is received.