The items below list CPAC expectations for each field in the PIM program form. Prior to creating or editing a program, familiarize yourself with these fields and prepare any additional materials.
Must complete for a new program proposal. This auto populates if editing the program.
If no, contact your college’s associate dean for more information.
Provide a clear rationale for this New Program and Changes to Program submission. Describe:
- Who this proposal will impact (current students or future students)
- What the proposal is
- How it will impact other programs within the university
Provide background information, as needed including any needs assessments or accreditation recommendations that will assist CPAC and UAC /GAC in the approval process. Consider including the following elements in this justification:
- Workforce demand (US Bureau of labor and statistics and Washington State office of Financial Management)
- Community or marketplace need this program targets
- Student enrollment projections
- Target marketing strategy in brief
- Any community partners involved with the program
- Overview of resource requirements with detail provided in the fiscal note
- Others documentation as needed to provide the CPAC a clear picture of why this program (or program revision) needs to be part of the university curriculum.
NOTE: Cutting and pasting from Word document will help assure accuracy.
If you have questions, contact:
Must complete. This auto populates if editing the program.
Must complete or edit as necessary for accuracy.
Program code is selected by the Registrar based on coding guidelines. Please leave this field blank.
Enter if you know which Cip code is appropriate for your program. Otherwise leave this field blank.
Use the Dropdown Box to select certificate, major, minor or option. For graduate degrees please select major.
Use the following guidelines when planning and submitting your program or program edits. Be sure to check for “hidden” courses within the program (e.g. prerequisites).
Number of Credits:
- Minimum is 180
- Lower Division Minimum is 120
- Upper Division Minimum is 60
May be in any discipline
Number of Credits : Greater than 15 and less than 30 credits
Option, Specialization, or Concentration
An option, specialization, or concentration within a degree program is an area of study that is generally less than one-half of the total credits needed for the upper-division major or graduate program. It may also be referred to as a concentration, specialization, area of emphasis, track, or minor. It can generally be distinguished from a new degree in that full designation of the degree title – including level, type, and major – does not change when a new option is added.
A degree program is the combination of degree, major and option. BA – Government – Prelaw (Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Government with a Pre-Law option). In this case if the Government major (or in many cases it is not a major but a common core) is 60 upper-division credits then the additional credits required for the option must be less than 30 credits.
If yes, a dropdown box allows selection of programs. Select the subject code of other departments if the degree includes these. This will alert the programs to the changes you are proposing.
Provide your program description and list of requirements or program changes by pasting from a word or text file into the program area as described below. (Note-tables will not paste).
Please use the Insert/Edited Format Table tool and select Course List. An inventory of courses becomes available, you can select and add courses to your curriculum list.
The program description should be student centered and provide enough detail so the student and or advisor can determine if this program is appropriate for student needs.
For more information, see Writing a Program Description.
Program Course List
Provide a course list for each degree type. This is best emailed to the catalog editor as an attached text file or word document.
- List courses by course number (lowest to highest), name and credits. Group courses in the following order as applicable:
- Required core
- Required electives
- Concentration/ specialization
- Other required experiences
- Sum total credits for each type (required, supporting, etc.)
- List minimum credits required for degree. Check for “hidden” courses within the program as suggested below.
All new courses must have a course approval form submitted along with the program approval form.
- All EWU undergraduate programs must have a Capstone course in the Major requirements.
- Check for “hidden” courses within the program. For example if there is a specific Math course needed in order to take a course in the major, that Math course becomes part of the Major.
- If the program cannot be completed in 180 credits, a note will be placed in the catalog to explain such. The program credits are a combination of general education requirement credits and the credits required for the major.
- See Policy 303-21 Ch. 4-5 for further requirements
- See Policy 303-22 for program requirements related to credit requirements, comprehensive examination and thesis expectations.
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Type in Program Student Learning Outcomes. They must be measurable, well-written and clearly understood.
Note: Cutting and pasting from a Word document is easier.
Be prepared to include a brief description of the assessment process for each SLO in an attached document that is uploaded in the Companion Documents section.
For help developing measurable, learner-centered outcomes, see:
For assistance with Student Learning Outcomes please contact:
Director of Assessment and Accreditation
Please attach any relevant planning documents such as a program prospectus, needs analysis, etc. Use the green Attach Documents button to upload any supportive documentation to facilitate the approval process.
- Student Learning Outcomes assessment plan. This document should include the expected components of the program assessment.
- Curriculum matrix (might also be described as a curriculum map or curriculum management plan) that demonstrates in which course the program learning outcomes and University Literacy Assessment Skills are measured. It is helpful if this shows a developmental aspect (e.g. where is the outcome ‘introduced’, ‘development’ or ‘advanced’).
Addresses the resources available to implement this program or program changes.
Please include an explanation on program costs, staffing, equipment and materials costs. The discussion should include the impact on current resources and future needs. The timeframe should focus on the next two academic years.
Put N/A if not appropriate.
Attach a proposed fiscal budget that has been prepared by or in consultation with your College Budget Officer, College Dean, and Department Chair.