New Tracks

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    A proposal for a new track within an existing major program originates in the department and is sent forward for review and approval through the various levels up to and including the Council of Trustees.

    A new track proposal must include all related new course proposals and proposals for course revisions. Follow the formats for new courses and course revisions as included in this handbook.

    Although terminology referring to an emphasis within a program varies from institution to institution, at IUP the preferred term is “track.” A track is defined as a collection of courses within a major which, beyond the basic core curriculum of the major, defines an area of emphasis. For example, in Anthropology, students may elect a general track, an archaeology track, or an applied anthropology track. Tracks receive a specific coding in the university’s data system that enables a notation of the track name to appear on student transcripts.

    If you would like to see an example of a program proposal, please contact the Liberal Studies office or one of the UWUCC cochairs.

    Format for Requesting New Tracks Within Existing Programs (Word Form)

    Part I. Curriculum Proposal Cover Sheet (Interactive PDF Form)

    Part II. Description of Curriculum Change

    1. Complete catalog description for new track. This includes both the description about the track and the list of courses and credits for the new track.
    2. A detailed description for the track including a rationale/justification, credit requirements, sequencing and restrictions.

    Part III. Implementation Provide answers to the following questions:

    1. How will the proposed new tracks affect students already in the existing program?
    2. Are faculty resources adequate? If you are not requesting or have not been authorized to hire additional faculty, demonstrate how these courses will fit into the schedule(s) of current faculty. What will be taught less frequently or in fewer sections to make this possible?
    3. Are other resources adequate? (Space, equipment, supplies, travel funds)
    4. Do you expect an increase or decrease in the number of students as a result of these revisions? If so, how will the department adjust?

    5. Intended implementation date (semester and year).

    Part IV. Periodic Assessment

    Departments are responsible for an on-going review of curriculum. Include information about the department’s plan for program evaluation:

    1. Describe the evaluation plan. Include evaluation criteria. Specify how student input will be incorporated into the evaluation process.
    2. Specify the frequency of the evaluations.
    3. Identify the evaluating entity.

    Part V. Course Proposals

    Proposals for any new courses included in the new track.

    Part VI. Letters of Support or Acknowledgement

    Attach letters from interested or affected departments.

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    Procedures for Approval of New Tracks Within Existing Programs
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    1. Department Approval (Curriculum Committee Chair and Department Chair)
    2. College Curriculum Committee Approval
    3. College Dean Approval
    4. Provost Approval
    5. UWUCC Approval
    6. Senate Approval
    7. Provost Approval, on behalf of the President, and Council of Trustees Approval
    8. Catalog Change Implemented by Catalog Editor
    9. SSHE Informed of New Track

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