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Academic Planning Cycle

2023-2024 Academic Planning Cycle
Process and Instructions

The academic planning process is designed to initiate any of the following actions:

  • establish a degree, minor, concentration or certificate
  • rename, move or disestablish a degree, minor, concentration or certificate
  • establish, disestablish or rename a department, division, school or college

Units may submit Academic Plan proposals for the 2023-2024 plan in Kuali Curriculum Management starting January 31, 2022. Please go to to submit academic plan requests. Contact with any questions. Access to Kuali can be requested via this form.

Submissions that pass the internal college or school review must be moved by the dean or the dean's designee to the next Kuali Curriculum Management approval level, AP Office of the University Provost Review, by Friday April 29, 2022.

Assessment Plans are due to the University Office of Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness no later than July 31st. Final drafts are due August 31, 2022. You will be notified if your program is selected to move forward to the assessment plan stage.

Provost Gonzales will review all submissions and will pass forward any proposals that require Arizona Board of Regents approval. Units should expect this process to take approximately six months. Outcomes will be communicated by email to the academic deans. Approvals given during this process should be considered approval to plan for future implementation.

Once approved, academic plan proposals must pass through the following steps prior to implementation, as outlined on the Approval Process Matrix:

  1. Development of full implementation proposal and submission to
  2. University Graduate Council (graduate programs only) or Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education approval (undergraduate programs only)
  3. University Senate and CAPC review
  4. Provost's final approval.

Approved actions must be implemented within three years. The effective date will be determined by the date of final approval following university governance. Programs or changes may not be implemented or advertised until the Provost’s Office or Graduate College notifies the academic unit of final approval.

Considerations When Preparing an Academic Plan Submission:

Writing Style. Write for an intelligent audience that is external to ASU, using formal voice. Do not use first-person pronouns (I, me, my, we, us). Also avoid the use of acronyms, except when referring to common degree types (MA, BS, PhD). If an acronym is required, first define the acronym and use the abbreviation thereafter.
Additional Resources/University Funds. ABOR now requires that submissions include an estimate of personnel and infrastructure requirements of the proposed program. In addition, to request university funds to implement a change (new faculty, new academic or office space, renovations, capital equipment), complete the Academic Plan Resources form to document the need.
Program Fees.  Newly proposed program fees must be reviewed and approved through the current budget and tuition/fee approval process. Contact Sheila Ainlay, Vice Provost of Planning and Budget, to begin these discussions. The Undergraduate College Fee should be reported as an established program fee for the purposes of this question. Please indicate in the ChangeMaker submission whether the new program will fall under an existing fee structure or it will be a newly proposed fee. A justification for the estimated fee amount is required and will be sent to ABOR for review. 
Assessment Plans. Submit full assessment plans for new degrees and concentrations directly to the University Office of Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness via the Assessment Portal by July 31. Assessment plans are not needed for minors. Be prepared to address learning outcomes, concepts, competencies, assessment methods and measures for each new degree or concentration program. Undergraduate programs must also include information on the general education components of the new program. Direct any questions to or (480) 727-1731.
Market Need. Submit an analysis of the job and career market need for proposals related to a degree, minor, concentration, certificate or new unit. Specifically address the following points, including statistics, data and source attributions: intended careers, job market and comparable academic programs (at other institutions). When appropriate, provide a citation that documents the employment demand, and the ability of the institution to meet employment needs as claimed in the market need section. Tools such as Emsi Analyst might be used to provide this data. Resources such as Burning Glass, Bureau of Labor Statistics website, professional organization publication, etc. may be useful as well. Contact your dean's office for questions regarding workforce data tools available via license. 
Digital Immersion. Please indicate whether the unit intends to request digital immersion on the Academic Plan request. For new programs, the academic plan request acts as the consideration request for approval to offer the program digitally. In order to offer existing programs via digital immersion, separate consideration approval is required; this is managed by EdPlus and does not require ABOR approval.  To request an online offering of an existing degree, complete the Request for Digital Immersion. Direct any questions to
Avoid Duplicate Submissions. Approved actions have a three-year lifespan, allowing time to implement them. To verify previously approved submissions that have not yet been implemented, please see the following tracking documents: Degree Program Implementation Tracking (Google Doc) and Concentration, Minor and Certificate Implementation Tracking (Google Doc) or visit Kuali Curriculum Management.


Learning Outcomes and Assessment Plans:

Program Fee Requests:

Market Need

Digital Immersion

Academic Plan Proposal Best Practices Workshop Resources
The Office of the University Provost and the Graduate College offered best practice workshops to provide practical advice and tips on new academic plan program proposals.

Powerpoint Presentation

Best Practice Recorded Workshop

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