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Create a new academic program

Creating a new program enhances our educational offerings and allows us to respond to changes in our disciplines and environment. Through the Academic Planning Unit, we provide support and advice to faculties and departments that are considering program changes or the development of new programs.

Here to support you

We provide advice on proposal development, recommended consultation, governance approval pathways, and timelines. Our goal is to make our approval process as streamlined as possible while fulfilling the requirements of Senate, Board of Governors, and Ministry. As stated in the Terms of Reference, the Senate Committee on Planning will submit recommendations to Senate concerning proposals for the creation or disestablishment of programs, faculties, schools, departments, centres and institutes, and major modifications of existing programs.

Faculties and departments are encouraged to contact the Academic Planning Unit early via to seek guidance in the required processes. Graduate Program proposals are coordinated in collaboration with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

For more information on Academic Program Development, Changes & External Review Processes, access the online course below. 

Online course
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Academic Program Development, Changes and External Review

This course offers information in the following three areas:

Orientation to Academic Planning: This module will introduce you to the portfolio of the AVP, Academic Planning and engage you in discussion of key responsibilities and processes related to academic program development/revisions and quality assurance.

Program Development, Revisions & Curriculum Submission Processes: This module aims to orient FCC Chairs/Directors and Associate Deans to curriculum submission, consultation/approval processes and timelines. 

External Review of Academic Units: This module outlines the external review process and key considerations for units engaging in an external review.