|Deactivation, Reactivation, and
Termination of Programs
Academic units have primary responsibility for initiating the
deactivation, reactivation, and termination of programs,
including major, minor,
and certificate programs. Program deactivation, reactivation, and
are defined as:
Program Deactivation is a temporary suspension of a program that remains an approved program but does not admit new students. Reactivation of suspended programs can occur within a period of seven academic years from the the time of deactivation. After a maximum of seven academic years, deactivated programs will be automatically terminated after notification by the Office of the Provost.
Program Termination is a complete discontinuation of a program. After termination, a reinstatement of the program must be submitted for approval as a new program proposal.
Program deactivation may be driven by, among other things, a
temporary shortage of qualified faculty, equipment, or facilities,
student enrollment demand that exceeds the capability of the program
resources, a restructuring of the program, or licensure issues. A
planned or unplanned change in such conditions could prompt a
reactivation of the
termination would follow from, among other things, an ongoing
long-term, academically justified lack of funding to support the
program, lack of student
enrollment, or changes in the discipline that render the program
All program deactivations, reactivations, and terminations
must be submitted
as a proposal to be
and approved by the appropriate department, college or school
or school faculty if required by that unit, the University
Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee (UCAPC), the Faculty
Senate and, if required, by the WSU Board
of Trustees or the Ohio Board of Regents. Action to suspend
enrollment through deactivation or termination or to reactivate a
program cannot occur until all
necessary approvals have been obtained.
Procedures and Guidelines for Program Deactivation, Reactivation, and Termination
Program deactivation, reactivation, and termination requests for existing major, minor, and certificate programs should observe the following format and guidelines::
I. Title of Program
a. Start date of program deactivation, reactivation, or termination.
b. Plans for deactivated programs:: Anticipated date of reactivation.
Detail all pertinent dollar savings associated with deactivation, reactivation, and termination as related to curriculum, faculty, staff, equipment, research, and facilities.
XI. Curriculum Coordination
Before proposals are sent forward for approval, they should be reviewed by all departments and program units that may be affected by the proposal because of similar courses or course content, because of shared student clientele, or because the program of study, including course prerequisites, requirements, or electives carries scheduling or faculty and other resource implications.. Providing supporting letters or signed forms from potentially affected departments will facilitate the review.
An original and nineteen copies of the proposal, Course Inventory and Course Modification Requests, and supporting letters or forms from potentially affected departments or program units should be submitted through the dean's office of the department's college or school to the Undergraduate Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee. At the same time, the dean's office should provide copies to all other deans of colleges and schools to be made available for additional review by curriculum committees, departments, and faculty and to the Office of the Provost, and other university offices as deemed necessary by the Office of the Provost and the Council of Deans.
A flowchart of the curriculum and academic policy review
program deactivation, reactivation, and termination is contained in the
following (requires Adobe Acrobat
Undergraduate Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee, February 8, 2005
Guidelines, Processes, and Procedures