Academic Program Review FAQ
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is NYU's mission statement? Where can I find information on university-wide resources for Self Study Reports?
Steinhardt Mission Statement
NYU Steinhardt advances knowledge, creativity, and innovation at the crossroads of human learning, culture, development, and well-being. Through rigorous research and education, both within and across disciplines, the School's faculty and students evaluate and redefine processes, practices, and policies in their respective fields and, from a global as well as a community perspective, lead in an ever-changing world.
What is the procedure for proposing a new program? How long does it take for a new program to be approved?
Faculty must first consult with the department chair and the Deans of Academic Affairs and Planning and Communication for authorization to proceed with planning. In developing new or revising existing/dormant programs, proposers should complete a viability report and send it to Heather Herrera at firstname.lastname@example.org:
Program proposals need to be vetted by the department, CCP, the appropriate university committees (Undergraduate Program Committee or Graduate Program Committee), and the New York State Education Department. Minor proposals do not need state approval.
For more information about the university program committees, please see their respective sites:
Helpful Terms & Definitions
Program: major or curriculum leading to a degree or advanced certificate. The educational requirements of a program must be registered with the New York State Education Department. The program title of a student's declared major appears on his/her transcript.
Concentration: significant sub-area of a program approved by the New York State Education Department. The title of a declared concentration appears on the transcript.
Specialization: less formal sub-curriculum, usually constituted through electives by advisement rather than actual preset requirements; it is not indicated on the transcript.
Dual Degree Program: typically a B.S./M.A. within the same school or between two schools that is specifically registered with the New York State Education Department and that results in two degrees awarded. The combined curriculum often allows students to reduce credits and time to degree completion. The title of a student's declared dual degree program appears on his/her transcript. The student may be registered in both schools at the same time.
Joint Degree Program: combined curriculum that is registered with the New York State Education Department and for which two academic units contribute to the educational requirements that lead to one degree awarded.
Standard Course: course that the relevant department(s) have approved for formal listing in the official documents of the University—for example, catalogues and University web pages. It may be offered by the relevant department(s) on an indefinite basis. The course proposal form, including a sample syllabus, must be reviewed and approved by the department curriculum committee and chair as well as the CCP.
Liberal Arts Core: course of a general or theoretical nature that are designed to develop judgment and understanding about human beings’ relationship to the social, cultural, and natural facets of their total environment. Working corollaries for counting liberal arts courses include:
- Independent of specific application
- Theoretical understandings as opposed to practical application
- Breadth and scope in principle covered
- Not definitely directed toward particular career or specific professional objectives
- Not chiefly "how to" in manipulative skills or techniques
- Not "applied" aspects of a field
Pilot: experimental course lacking official status in the curriculum. It may only satisfy elective credit or excess credit above and beyond degree requirements; it may not substitute as a requirement in a program leading to certification or licensure. The course will be terminated after one semester and must be submitted to the CCP for faculty approval before being re-offered.
Any full-time faculty member, with the approval of his/her department chair, may submit a request for a pilot course to the Academic Program Review Administrator. The request must include course title, student population, e.g., graduate, undergraduate, hours and points, description, and syllabus. A course number will be assigned so that the course may be made available for registration.
(Please note: Due to the academic limitations of pilot courses, the Office of Academic Affairs rarely grants administrative approval and strongly encourages faculty to pursue the standard course approval procedure).
Shadow: technical course such as a studio or workshop in which skills development are offered at the same level and in the same format for both undergraduate and graduate students. A shadow course can only be developed out of an existing skills-based undergraduate course, which sponsors the graduate course. Shadow courses only require administrative approval from the Academic Program Review Administrator.
Umbrella: course format allows for a general focus with different specific topics depending on location, context or module. The umbrella format is useful for advanced, specialized, or global courses that shift in topics/context, but which remain consistent with the general umbrella focus. Advanced courses call for prerequisites; Special courses are limited and serve a specific function. The advantage of the umbrella course is that it allows students to take the course more than once and indicates on the transcript the specific focus of the course thus eliminating the appearance that a student has taken the same course multiple times.
The (umbrella) general focus requires CCP approval and topics may be added by submitting a brief description of the new topic, the change in title (what comes after the colon), and a syllabus to the Academic Program Review Administrator. Department Chair approval is required. The specific topic will receive a discrete number.
Example of a Global Umbrella Course
Food and Culture carries the broad description:
Study of the complex interactions between food and culture, the effects of cultural factors on dietary practices, and the cross-cultural exchange of dietary practices, beliefs, and foods between the United States and countries throughout the world.
The focus of this course will remain "the interactions between food and culture", but the topics will be influenced by the context of the global site. For example, this course can be offered in different global sites and is repeatable, e.g., Food and Cultures: New Orleans, Food and Cultures: Paris, Food and Cultures: Shanghai.
Example of a Special/Advanced Umbrella Course
Special Topics in Visual Culture and Cultural Studies refers to specific modules:
This umbrella course is designed to examine specific topics within the field of visual culture, one of the core areas of focus in the MCC MA program. Incorporates historical theoretical frameworks and situates contemporary readings in relation to genealogies of the field. Specific themes may include globalization and memory; visual culture and eco-criticism; the visual culture of science and technology; visual culture, diaspora, and postcolonialism; the politics of visual display; the history of screen; global flows and visual culture; and visuality and modernity.
The faculty agreed that the field of Visual Culture and Cultural Studies is too large to be covered by one course, and that students do not need to be exposed to each topic covered by its scope. The different topics are modules of Visual Culture and Cultural Studies.
MCC-GE.2401 Special Topics in Visual Cultureand Cultural Studies: Visuality and Modernity
MCC-GE.2402 Special Topics in Visual Culture and Cultural Studies: The Political History of Visual Display and Respresentation
MCC-GE.2403 Special Topics in Visual Culture and Cultural Studies: Visuality and Globalization
What is the procedure for proposing a dual degree program consisting of existing programs?
Proposers of dual degree programs shaped from existing programs must consult with the department chairs and the Deans of Academic Affairs, and Planning and Communication.
The CCP must review and approve all dual degree programs.
When a proposed program involves more than one school, upon completion of the planning process, the proposer is responsible for acquiring a memo of approval from the deans of the schools offering the programs.
Who may propose a new program?
Full-time tenured or tenure-track professorsor clinical faculty may propose a new program with the approval of their department.