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.
Majors (or degree programs) that change ¼ of the content (not coursework) require a notification of substantive change to SACSCOC. Certificates that change 1/3 of the content (not coursework) require a notification of substantive change to SACSCOC. Refer to WKU's information on SACSCOC Substantive Change.
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. This means that (despite the WKU curricular approval process) programs will be open for admission until WKU receives official notification from SACSCOC granting permission to close or suspend the program.
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.