Academic Program Information

Public Review Period

The Twin Cities campus has instituted a two-week public review period of proposals for new and changed academic programs. After thorough review at the program and collegiate level, as well as by staff in the Office of the Provost, proposals will be presented for public review by the University community. After this process, proposals will be reviewed by the Provost and then forwarded to the Board of Regents.

The goals of the public review period are to:

  • encourage open communication across colleges and campuses concerning the creation, discontinuation, and change of academic programs;
  • foster collaboration and productive exchanges across and between departments and disciplines; and
  • prevent inadvertent encroachment upon and duplication of academic programs.
Which proposals/changes/activities get posted?
Anything that goes to the Regents will be available for public comment. This includes but is not limited to:
  • new degree programs, minors, sub-plans, and certificates
  • discontinued programs, minors, sub-plans, and certificates
  • name changes to programs, minors, sub-plans, and certificates
  • online and distance delivery of new or existing programs
  • collaborations with other national or international institutions of higher education
  • anything deemed significant by the Office of the Provost
What content actually gets posted online for review?
A draft of the consent agenda listing all of the proposals/changes/activities for the upcoming docket. Additionally we will list:
  • contact information for the faculty member responsible for the posted content
  • the contact information for the collegiate curriculum committee or similar governing body
How will the feedback process work?
Questions or concerns should be directed as follows:
  • Initial questions or concerns about a proposal should be directed to the faculty or collegiate staff member responsible for the proposal.
  • Questions or concerns not resolved via this direct communication should be directed to Emily Ronning in the Office of the Provost at ronn0044@umn.edu or 612-626-8031.
  • Faculty members responsible for the proposals who are concerned about any of the questions raised during the public review period are encouraged to contact Emily Ronning in the Office of the Provost at ronn0044@umn.edu or 612-626-8031.