Information Item# 8-Submitted
By the Academic Programs Committee: (2014/2015-Sept)
of Study (POS) Guidelines & Requirements
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:
Several important guidelines must be
observed when creating or making changes to a program of study for attachment
to an APC Workflow Package.
- The 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.
- When 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 required to be
completed by a student to meet the
requirements of the category.
Ex: Major Requirements (12
- 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
- View POS’s in the current online catalog for examples
of permissible categories, or, contact an academic advisor for further
- All courses include the following information: course
number, full course title (not abbreviated), credit hours in the format
Ex: ABC 3540 Introduction to ABC Studies (3 Credits)
[not: ABC 3540 Intro ABC (3)]
- When adding,
modifying, or removing courses in an existing POS, follow these guidelines to clearly identify the type and
nature of the change:
added to the program of study should be underlined with the credit
hours per course (XX Credits) followed by the word “Add”. The
required credit hours may need to be changed for the POS’s category under
which the course occurs.
removed from the program of study
should be struck through. The required credit hours
may need to be changed for the POS’s category under which the course had
modifications use the strikethrough and underline to clearly identify the elements of
the course (number, title, credits) that have changed. If credit hours are changed then the
credit hours for the POS’s
category under which this course occurs must also change.
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
- 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.
- When 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
- 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.
- Never 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.
Faculty members 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 (email@example.com) in Academic Affairs.