- Delegation of Authority
Authority is delegated to the presidents to approve campus implementation of options, concentrations, special emphases (and similar subprograms), and minors.
- Definition of Terms
2.1 Options, concentrations, special emphases and similar subprograms are not defined at the system level, nor are unit minima for these “subprograms” established at the system level.
2.2 Minors are not defined at the system level, and campuses may set local policy regarding minors.
- Requisite Conditions of Approval
3.1 An option, concentration, special emphasis (or similar subprogram) or a minor may be approved under the authority delegated by this executive order only if the requirements comply with CSU policy and applicable law and if adequate faculty, physical facilities, and library holdings sufficient to establish and maintain that subprogram already exist, or where such support can reasonably be expected to become available.
3.2 To ensure valid reporting to the National Center for Education Statistics through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, an option, concentration, or special emphasis (or similar subprogram) must constitute less than one half of the units required in the major program.
- Required Chancellor’s Office Notification
4.1 Prior to implementation of any option, concentration or special emphasis (or similar subprogram) approved under this delegation, the campus shall obtain a Chancellor’s Office confirmation of compliance with CSU policy and applicable law. Campus notifications shall be submitted to the Department of Academic Programs and Faculty Development (at firstname.lastname@example.org), and shall include:
- The exact title of the new subprogram and the complete degree designation and title of the major degree program housing the new subprogram (e.g., Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Concentration in Biochemistry);
- A list of courses and required units constituting the major and the new subprogram;
- Total units required to complete the entire degree, including the combination of subprogram and major program;
- The complete list of courses and required units constituting the major degree program;
- A 4-year major-and-subprogram roadmap for freshmen and a 2-year major-and-subprogram roadmap for transfer students;
- The CSU degree program code (formerly called “HEGIS”) that students use to apply to the major degree program;
- The campus-proposed CSU degree program code to be used to report enrollments in the concentration (may be the same as the degree code);
- A detailed cost-recovery budget for self-support subprograms to be offered within state-support major degree programs; and
- Documentation of all campus-required curricular approvals.
4.2 Subsequent to receiving Chancellor’s Office confirmation and prior to implementation of any option, concentration or special emphasis (or similar subprogram) approved under this delegation, the campus shall enter the new subprogram into the CSU Degrees Database. Minors are not included in the CSU Degrees Database.
4.2 There is no requirement to notify the Chancellor’s Office of new, modified or discontinued minors.
- Policy Compliance
The Chancellor’s Office shall require the discontinuation of any option, concentration, or special emphasis (or similar subprogram) that does not comply with CSU policy within the timeframe specified by the Chancellor’s Office.