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CALS Redesign: Frequently asked question about process to change an academic program

There has been some discussion about and confusion around the process for adding new or discontinuing academic programs, so we have added an FAQ to orgredesign.cals.wisc.edu.

What steps are necessary to change an academic program?

In Dean VandenBosch’s eCALS welcome message on September 9, she mentioned that despite possible changes to future undergraduate academic offerings, the path to graduation for our students within their chosen major will not change. UW–Madison policy ensures that students can complete any major in which they are declared. Because majors are so fundamental, the university takes the time to carefully consider changes and it takes several years to launch a new program or even change an existing one.

To help explain the processes, there are two graphics to show steps needed to make changes to an undergraduate academic program:

These documents can also be found in the Organizational Redesign Toolkit.

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