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Policies and procedures governing the establishment, disestablishment, and change of academic units and programs
This policy document defines academic units and programs, the relationships among these entities; and describes the steps required to create, maintain, change, and end them.
The procedures presented reflect the University of California assigned responsibility for courses, curricula, and degrees to the faculty, and responsibility for academic units and budgets to the administration. They are written to promote mutual endorsement of any proposed action because both faculty and administration support are necessary for a program or unit to thrive. Processes support administration and designated Academic Senate committee consultation prior to final decision.
UCSC campus policy and procedures reflects UC systemwide policy. Intermittent revisions to align with changing UC policy are made following consultation with academic administrators and the Academic Senate.
The Vice Provost, Academic Affairs, coordinates consultation, maintains the document and determines the approval process for any action not specifically described.
The accompanying process maps summarize the steps—as well as highlight critical decision points—for various actions involving academic units and programs. These overviews reflect, but do not substitute for, the comprehensive descriptions described in the policy.
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