At Temple, academic programs are at the heart of our world-class institution. The Office of Academic Affairs, Assessment and Institutional Research provides oversight and support for establishing, terminating and changing academic programs at all stages of the program approval process including the Board of Trustees and its committees.
- The Academic Program Definitions and Action Types document explains the types of academic programs and outlines the types of actions for establishing, terminating and changing academic programs
Submitting a Proposal
The Submission Guidelines to Establish, Terminate and Change Academic Programs document outlines the requirements and process for submitting proposals to establish, terminate or change an academic program.
Once a proposal is submitted, the academic program may be invited to meet with Undergraduate Studies, the Graduate School, or the Office of the Provost to review the proposal and discuss any necessary clarifications or revisions. Representatives from the Provost's Office will carefully review the proposal and consult with other university offices as appropriate, including the Banner Student Collaboration Center regarding implementation details. Upon approval by the provost, the proposal will be forwarded to the Office of the President and the Secretary’s Office for consideration to move forward to the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees. The academic unit will be notified when the proposal is scheduled to be presented to the Academic Affairs Committee. If the Academic Affairs Committee recommends the action, it will be presented to the full Board of Trustees at its next meeting. Programs are notified, following each Board meeting, of the approved academic items.
Temple Review of Academic Programs and Courses (TRAC)
TRAC is the Temple website for review of academic programs and courses. This site has been created to facilitate the review of course and academic program proposals. Information on courses being proposed or revised is updated on the first working day of every month and program proposals are posted five times per academic year according to the timeline for the Board of Trustees meetings. Information is removed at the close of the review period.
Schedule and Deadlines
Initial Submission of Proposal to Office of the Provost
Submission of Final proposal to Office of Provost
Posting and Comment Period (10 business days)
Submission of Agenda Items to Office of the Secretary
Academic Affairs Committee Meeting
Board of Trustees Meeting
11/8/21 – 11/19/21
1/31/22 – 2/11/22
3/28/22 – 4/8/22
8/29/22 – 9/12/21**
*Deadline reflects the winter break.
**Additional business day added to the TRAC posting period to account for Labor Day
***The May cycle is the final opportunity to establish, terminate or change programs for the upcoming academic year. The October meeting may not be used to make program changes for the current fall semester. The timely approval of programs and program changes is essential to ensuring accurate program information in all publications and degree audit reports.
To assist you with your planning and preparation, the Graduate School is providing additional information about submission deadlines for consideration of proposals by the Graduate Board:
2021-2022 Graduate Board Meetings
Graduate Board Submission Deadline (two weeks before meeting)
Anticipated AAC/BOT Meeting
March or May
Summer Electronic Vote