Academic Affairs

Academic Planning 

Academic planning encompasses actions to develop, revise, reconfigure, consolidate, move, and discontinue curriculum and programs. These actions:

  • support ECU’s mission, vision, and strategic plan
  • are typically initiated by, and are a responsibility of, faculty
  • are driven by formal UNC System Office, SACSCOC, and ECU processes at both the graduate and undergraduate levels

Support for Curriculum and Program Development 

Academic Planning and Accreditation works closely with faculty-led campus committees to provide services to faculty planners. The following sites provide information to support the curriculum and program development processes: 

New Degree Program Development

The UNC System Office (UNC-SO) policies lay the groundwork for new degree program development. ECU derives a campus process based on those policies, and the ECU Faculty Manual details how they are applied. Academic Planning and Accreditation uses these resources to support faculty in their academic planning efforts. 

An official, five-year academic program plan is maintained by ECU to provide a roadmap for new degree program development on campus. Units wishing to propose a degree may respond to a call for proposals from the Academic Council approximately every two years during the request for inclusion process. As proposals are reviewed and approved, the status of programs on the plan is published on this site. 

Additional online sources of data can be found on a resource links page on this site. Sources include ECU, UNC-SO, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and various sites for statistics and supplemental information for program planning.