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Program Changes

New Program vs. Program Revisions

If a program is modified to the point of needing a new CIP code, CPE requires the program go through the new academic program process. See the CPE Program Approval Process page.

Programs (majors, graduate programs, or certificates) that change 25-49% of the content (not coursework) require a notification of substantive change to SACSCOC, if the content was not previously taught at WKU. Refer to WKU's information on SACSCOC Substantive Change. Complete WKU's SACSCOC Substantive Change Questionnaire to help determine if your changes are substantive.


Program Suspensions and Closures

At WKU, program suspensions and closures remove the major, minor, or certificate from major/minor update forms, admissions applications, catalogs, etc. However, SACSCOC must approve closures and suspensions PRIOR to the deactivation of the program at WKU as well.

Suspended programs may be reactivated within five years from the implementation date of the suspension. The suspension must be reported to SACSCOC and CPE. After the five years, the program is automatically closed and may not be reopened.

Closed programs are officially deleted from the program inventory. Students currently enrolled in the program may finish it; however, new admits are not allowed.

Both suspended and closed programs require a SACSOC Program Closure form. Upon approval from SACSCOC, the program will be suspended or closed.

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 Last Modified 2/3/22