Information Item # 4: Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee (2013-2014/May)
Program of Study (POS) Guidelines & Requirements
Rationale: The Academic Programs Committee (APC) requires
academic units to submit a Program of Study (POS) accompanying requests that involve the creation of new or modification
of existing programs in APC Workflow Packages.
For the benefit of
the APC review process, the committee requires several important guidelines be
observed when creating or making changes to a program.
Guidelines for Program of Study attachment:
guidelines should be observed when creating or making changes to a program of
study for attachment to an APC Workflow Package.
program of study (POS) attached to the APC packet must accurately describe the
current status of the existing program.
- The current POS can be downloaded from the
current online UNF catalog under “Degree Program” at http://www.unf.edu/catalog/ . Note: The
POS does not include general education or all other graduation requirements.
- If it is necessary to show the complete
degree including general education and other requirements, contact an academic
advisor for a copy of the current Degree Evaluation for the program.
creating a new program or modifying an existing program, organize courses in
standard logical categories, such as Prerequisites, Core, Major Requirements,
Major Electives, etc. The categories must be stated to avoid confusion.
- Include the total (which may sometimes be the
minimum when options are available) credit hours (or number of courses)
required to be completed by a student to meet the requirements of the category.
Ex: Major Requirements (12 credits)
- Should the program require a non-standard
logical structure, clearly categorize courses in understandable categories,
such as: (for limited admission programs) Freshman Year Fall Semester, Freshman
Year Spring Semester; (for cohorts) First Semester, Second Semester, etc. [See
BM Music or BS Nursing for examples]
- View POS’s in the current online catalog for
examples of permissible categories, or, contact an academic advisor for further
courses include the following information: course number, full course title
(not abbreviated), credit hours in the format (XX credits).
Ex: ABC 3540 Introduction to ABC Studies (3
[not: ABC 3540 Intro ABC (3)]
adding, modifying, or removing courses in an existing POS, follow these
guidelines to clearly identify the type and nature of the change:
- Courses added to the program of study should
be underlined followed by the word “Add”.
- Courses removed from the program of study
should be struck through.
- Course modifications use the strikethrough
and underline to clearly identify the elements of the course (number, title,
credits) that have changed.
ABC 3540 Introduction to ABC Studies (3 credits) Add
ABC 3540 Introduction to ABC
Studies (3 credits)
Introduction to ABC
Studies (3 credits) ABC Studies
for Professionals (4 credits)
- Fill in any
missing information for courses and categories.
- If the credit hours are not listed after each
course name, include them.
- If the total credit hours for the categories
(Major requirements, Major Electives, etc.) are not listed, include them.
adding, modifying, or removing text statements on the POS, follow the
guidelines in (4) above to clearly identify the type and nature of the change.
Insure the language is clearly understandable by students.
- If the
Program’s total hours for completion do not appear on the POS, include a
statement indicating the total hours required to earn the degree.
submit a document that includes identifiable student information, i.e., a copy
of a student’s Degree Evaluation, as this is a violation of FERPA (Family
Education Rights and Privacy Act) regulations.
preparing curricular requests to be considered by the APC (and subsequent
entities in the UNF Curricular Governance Process) should consult with academic
advisors who will be cognizant of the different methods currently available to
retrieve POS’s which satisfy conditions above.
Faculty members who
have questions should not hesitate to contact Shawn Brayton (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Academic Affairs.