For Faculty

The Office of Graduate Academic Affairs maintains, and is the final approver of, the forms used to revise or propose a new graduate degree or certificate.

Forms for Academic Units

Academic Honesty Guidelines

The Academic Honesty Reporting Form is located here. Please read the process overview and view the flow chart prior to filling out the form.

Incubator Programs

Incubator programs are new state-of-the-art degree programs. They combine more than one discipline in their composition (see below). They are developed with best practices in mind so that students have multiple options, including changing majors to another discipline that the incubator program allows them to experience and gain credits towards. If an initially offered incubator program is not permanently adopted by the faculty, students will be able to complete their studies in the original program or change majors. 

Incubator Programs contain the core of two current majors being offered for the purpose of maintaining existing courses and keeping the development of new courses to an absolute minimum. This would include the core of the curriculum and maintain a ‘module’ of free electives. There will be multiple points of curricular integration, inclusive of early in the program by design but also at different stages of the program. Some courses would, in particular, act as points of intersection between the disciplines, inclusive of practicum, experience-based, research, and entrepreneurial approaches. To help meet our learning objectives and intended contribution to a multidisciplinary program, no more than two courses may count for both disciplines in the combined major's program. 

The (temporary programs under the) incubator maintains faculty and administrative oversight, simplifying the process of offering new programs. It follows the CIM process for “Not Significant” changes, even as new programs will need to be properly reported to our accrediting bodies:

  1. A norm of 32 credits.
  2. Setting up modules consisting of the following; discipline topic 1, discipline topic 2 and free electives may be considered as a structure.
  3. A question will arise of what balance to strike. The incubator approach will instruct us as an institution on the right ‘formula’ for student success.
  4. All new programs will undergo appropriate regulatory processes, including required accreditation review and submission, both on initial approval, and if sunset without transitioning out of the incubator to regular status, upon decommissioning
  5. Program proposed, developed (including a minimal outline of an assessment program, with a specific designated assessment coordinator responsible for annual reports), and approved within the Academic Unit with Academic Dean approval.
  6. Proposed, discussed, and approved at appropriate studies committee.
  7. Proposed, discussed, and approved by the UFC.
  8. Accepted by Provost and President.