Graduate Proposal Review Timelines

All proposals follow a four-step workflow: Proposal Development, Home College Steps, Curriculog Workflow, and Implementation. The following content reflects the Curriculog Workflow. It does not account for home college steps.

Proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis once they enter the Purdue West Lafayette workflow. Time to complete indicates the typical completion timeframe from proposal launch to completion in workflow. Unit and/or college curriculum committee reviews and other college steps are not reflected below because of the unique nature of college workflows.

Proposal Type Action Type Expected Timeline (days) Non-College Reviewer Summary
Course± New 90 Graduate Council
Revise 30 Graduate School
Expire 30 Graduate School
Degree New 180-270* Graduate Council, BOT, AAQ - ICHE, ICHE, HLC
Revise 45** Graduate School, AAQ - ICHE, HLC
Suspend/Expire 45** Graduate School, AAQ - ICHE, HLC
Major New 90-120** Graduate Council, AAQ - ICHE, HLC
Revise 45** Graduate School, AAQ - ICHE, HLC
Suspend/Expire 45** Graduate School, AAQ - ICHE, HLC
Certificate New 90-120** Graduate Council, AAQ - ICHE, HLC
Revise 60** Graduate School, AAQ - ICHE, HLC
Suspend/Expire 60** Graduate School, AAQ - ICHE, HLC
Concentration New 30 Graduate School
Revise 30 Graduate School
Suspend/Expire 30 Graduate School

*90-180 days estimated to complete external review and approval steps.

**15-30 days estimated to complete external review and approval steps.

±Please note that 50000-level courses that will be offered to undergraduate students may require home college undergraduate steps as determined in the college's handbook or policies. If home college review at the undergraduate level is required, the time to complete will increase.

Reviewer Summary & Key Planning Considerations

  • Graduate School: Select proposals, including routine requests, may be eligible for administrative review by the Graduate School.
  • Graduate Council: The Graduate Council generally meets 7 times per year: September – November and January – April.
  • Board of Trustees (BOT): The Purdue Board of Trustees meet six times a year: February, April, June, August, October, and December. Anticipate 60-90 days for agenda and review.
  • Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE): The full Indiana Commission for Higher Education meets six times a year: January, March, May, July, September, and November. New Degrees must first be reviewed by the AAQ-ICHE sub-committee. Anticipate 60-90 days for agenda and review.
  • Academic Affairs & Quality Committee of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (AAQ-ICHE): The Academic Affairs & Quality Committee of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education meets monthly, except in December. AAQ-ICHE approves routine actions to approved programs in the Academic Program Inventory. Staff actions typically take 15-30 days to complete. The AAQ subcommittee reviews all New Degrees prior to consideration by ICHE.
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC): Screenings by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to determine if any additional approvals may be required (uncommon).

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