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Graduate Curriculum Development & Change Manual

Old Dominion University encourages its faculty to develop excellent, innovative and distinctive graduate programs. This manual is intended to guide the faculty in developing new graduate programs and modifying or discontinuing existing programs. This manual incorporates both ODU and SCHEV procedures and serves as a roadmap for steering proposals through the review and approval processes.

The goal of the processes described herein is to generate well-developed and broadly supported graduate programs of distinction that will contribute to the University's mission and reputation for excellence and that serve the needs of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The following outlines the "Standards of Excellence" that every graduate program at ODU must achieve. Please read these carefully and use them in preparing and evaluation new programs or changes to existing programs. The Office of Graduate Studies will provide assistance at all stage in formulating concepts, developing an initial and final proposal, obtaining internal and University approval by the Board of Visitors, and where required, approval by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and SACS/Commission on Colleges.

For more detailed information, review the Curriculum Development and Change Policies and Procedures.