UCSB Academic Senate

Policies Related to Degree Programs and Academic Units

The following policies define academic programs and units and describe the steps required to create and change them. These policies were developed to provide direction to faculty who wish to initiate proposals; to staff who coordinate and advise on the review of proposals; and to academic administrators and Senate agencies charged with reviewing and approving proposals.

The policies reflect the responsibilities assigned to the faculty (authority to approve the creation and modification of programs) and to the administration (authority to approve academic units). They are written to promote mutual endorsement of any proposed action because the support of both faculty and the administration are needed for a program or unit to thrive.

Defined Terms for Policies and Procedures

Changes to the Campus Five-Year Perspective for Academic Programs, Academic Units, and Research Units

Substantive Change Review Screening Form ‐ Departments proposing new programs or changes to existing programs must complete this survey to comply with WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) accreditation.

Name Change of

Academic Units

Graduate Program

Undergraduate Program

Establishment of

Academic Units

Graduate Certificate Program

Graduate Optional Emphasis

Graduate Degree Program

Five-Year Combined Bachelor's-Master's Degree Program

Undergraduate Emphasis

Undergraduate Minor

Undergraduate Degree Program

Establishment, Review, and Disestablishment of Centers (not affiliated with ORUs)

Transfer, Consolidation, Discontinuance, and Disestablishment of

Academic Units

Graduate Program

Undergraduate Program


References to Related Orders, Bylaws, and Policies

For access to additional campus policies, please visit UCSB Policies and Procedures.