The December meetings of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC), Graduate and Professional Council (GPC) and Core Curriculum Council (CCC) are the deadlines for curricular items to be considered for the following academic year. Curricular proposals submitted through the approval process and fully approved will be effective the next academic year (Fall).
The Provost Office has specific deadlines for curricular proposals requiring submission to external entities (i.e, THECB, SACSCOC, etc.) such as those indicated below. Please contact Dr. Alicia Dorsey directly for those deadlines.
New programs (degrees, certificates)
New courses required for the new program
Program name changes
Requests for distance education which include program requirement changes
Semester credit hour program changes (including certificates exceeding the SCH threshold for reporting)
The following timelines should also be considered when submitting curricular proposals
All proposals for new or changed courses/academic programs must be submitted for approval through Texas A&M University’s curricular process. Proposal types include, but are not limited to:
options, concentrations, tracks, emphases, etc.
Following the President's signature, some proposals may also require external approval or notification to one or more of the following: Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), TAMUS Board of Regents, Texas Higher Education and Coordinating Board (THECB), and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
The Office of the Provost coordinates external reporting as required.
Curricular proposals are initiated by originating departments or programs and submitted for approval/review through various levels (see example below). Please reference University SAP 11.99.99.M0.01 for the defined process.
Department Head or Program Chair
College Curriculum Committee
Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC) and/or Graduate and Professional Council (GPC)
The Curricular Approval Request System (CARS) is available through Howdy. Effective September 1, 2016, paper submission of curricular proposals will no longer be accepted through the curricular approval process.
To view the status of a proposal and historical information, please refer to the Curricular Approval Request System (CARS). For historical information prior to August 2016 and the implementation of CARS, please contact Curricular Services at email@example.com or (979) 845-8201.
Depending on the type of proposal, the internal approval process may take approximately one month at each level – beginning with the initiating unit and ending with the President's signature.
A proposal requiring external approval/notification can take additional months after the internal process has been completed. Once external approval/notification has been granted, the Office of the Provost notifies the respective departments, colleges and Curricular Services.
CARS Purge Policy for Stale Proposals
The following types of proposals will be purged from CARS if there has been no activity for six months (180 days).
New proposals saved but not submitted through workflow
Edited proposals saved but not submitted through workflow
Proposals which have been rolled back to the initiator
Purging will occur in December and June of each calendar year. A department wishing to reserve a proposal beyond six months must contact Curricular Services to ensure the proposal is not shredded.