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The university faces the challenge of maintaining a vital, up-to-date curriculum; serving the needs of our students, the local community, and the state of California; while still operating within its available resources. Some changes can be accomplished by modifications to existing programs. Others require development of new programs to replace those that no longer serve their purpose or in addition to programs already offered. Refer to Attachment 2.1, "Glossary of Program Terms," for a definition of terms used in this section. This section does not address changes in requirements of existing programs or discontinuance of programs. For changes in requirements of existing programs or credentials, see Section 4 - Curriculum. If an existing program or credential is to be discontinued, see Section 3 -Program Discontinuance.

New academic programs may consist of entirely new offerings; of new areas of concentrations, tracks, specializations, emphases, fields, hereafter referred to as sub-options; or of new, structured groupings of existing courses. Any of these may be offered by a single academic area or by two or more disciplinary programs. A defined program indicates that the university has imposed a structure that assures that there is an appropriate combination of breadth and depth in the field. Offering an academic program carries the implied commitment to offer the courses with sufficient frequency so that students may complete the program. Curriculum planning must consider both the question of whether the university should offer the program and the question of whether the university can provide sufficient resources to offer a high-quality program. Academic areas should review existing campus and system policies related to curricular planning and implementation before beginning new program development at the following websites:

CSULB Academic Senate:

CSU website:


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