Curriculum Development

Curriculum development

Academic planning cycle

2024-2025 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 program, or a department, division, school or college
  • rename a degree, minor, concentration or certificate program, or a department, division, school or college
  • disestablish a degree, minor, concentration or certificate program, or a department, division, school or college
  • move a degree, minor, concentration or certificate

Step 01: Units may submit Academic Plan proposals for the 2024-2025 plan in Kuali Curriculum Management starting January 31, 2023.

Internal college or school review — Submissions that pass the college internal review must be moved to the next Kuali Curriculum Management approval level, AP Office of the University Provost Review, by the dean or the dean's designee by Friday May 12, 2023.

Assessment Plans — You will be notified if your program is selected to move forward to the assessment plan stage. Assessment plans are due to the University Office of Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness no later than July 31st. Final drafts are due August 31, 2023.

Step 02: 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.

Step 03: Outcomes will be communicated by email to the academic deans. Approvals given during this process should be considered approval to plan for future implementation.

Step 04: Once approved, academic plan items must be submitted as proposals to pass through the following steps prior to implementation, as outlined on the Approval Process Matrix:

  1. Development of full implementation proposal and submission in Kuali (CM for program establishments, Build for all other actions).
  2. University Graduate Council (graduate programs only) or Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (undergraduate programs only) review and approval
  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


Tools such as Lightcast might be used to provide the market need analysis. Other resources such as Burning Glass, Bureau of Labor Statistics website, and professional organization publications, among others, may be useful as well. Contact your dean's office for questions regarding workforce data tools available via license.

Free resource for Market Need analysis

The Office of the University Provost and the Graduate College have offered best practice workshops to provide practical advice and tips on new academic plan program proposals.

PowerPoint Presentation

Best Practices Recorded Workshop

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