Certificates are programs that are designed to better prepare students for employment in specific career areas.
Major programs can have a concentration or a focus.
Focus is the term used when at graduation the focus is not posted to the WOU transcript.
Majors that include focus areas need to specify if the focus areas are optional or required as part of the major.
Step One: Propose the new concentration or focus area (proposal 1)
Step Two: Update the major program to reflect the new concentration or focus area (proposal 2)
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Concentration and focus area changes
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Modify your program
*You may skip selecting modifying the Program content/requirements and/or catalog description if no changes are required (for example, when adding an A.B pathway).
If you are proposing a program modification that may affect other areas, please check in with the department head or program director in that area and collaborate about the proposed additions and changes. Make a note of who you worked with, when you worked with them, and the result; you will need this information to complete your curriculum proposal. The curriculum form includes:
Programs affected/consulted (required)
Please include the name(s) of those contacted, with the date(s) and the result(s) of the consultation/collaboration.
For program changes involving courses from other areas, the Registrar will search for impacted areas and bring those to the attention of the Curriculum Evaluation Committees, but it is best to identify impacted areas yourself early in the process.
What are the four-year plans?
Who is responsible for the four-year plans?
What can the four-year plans be used for?
When should the four-year plans be updated?
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) requires notification from our accreditation liaison officer for some program changes.
This does not require additional work from you, but you may notice the liaison officer is alerted when your program change is fully approved. For more information, see the NWCCU Substantive Change Manual.