Support for Policy Change on Sub-Programs: Minors,
Options, Concentrations, Special Emphases
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate California State University (CSU) endorse the concept that, on local campuses, presidents be given the authority to approve any option, concentration, special emphasis, or other sub-program, regardless of content category or related discipline code; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU endorse the concept that the Office of the Chancellor will no longer be required to review and approve sub-programs for which major codes are not requested; and be it further
RESOLVED: That to ensure consistency in the content represented by the reporting codes, the Academic Senate CSU strongly urge the Office of the Chancellor to continue to review sub-programs for which major codes are requested, and continue to report enrollment data for sub-programs for which major codes are requested, rather than for the major programs.
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU support the concept that campuses be allowed to request a CSU degree program code for options, concentrations, and special emphases if students are to apply to the sub-program rather than to the major program; and be it further
RATIONALE: The benefit of sub-programs is that they allow the campuses to be responsive to demands for educating students for entry into emerging academic fields and other careers. Requiring Office of the Chancellor approval impedes the campuses’ ability to provide a more timely response to changing workforce needs and academic demands in the local communities. It is believed that the sub-programs amount to minor curricular changes that can be managed at the campus level, according to campus policies. By removing the time lag associated with the Office of the Chancellor’s procedures, the campuses will be allowed to exercise a more nimble program development process, without introducing significant information losses for the system.
Approved Unanimously – November 13, 2008