Major Modification

Major Modifications involve changes to existing programs due to curricular renewal to keep a program current, the restructuring of a program, a merger of existing programs, and proposals for new certificates.

Other drivers of program modifications include significant changes to essential resources that enhance or impair the delivery of an approved program. Examples include changes to faculty resources, staff resources, or physical space.

Major modifications typically include one or more of the following:

a) Substantive changes to learning outcomes and/or approved requirements that comprise up to approximately one-third of the program serve as a guideline for inclusion under the major modification guideline.
b) Major changes to courses comprising a significant proportion of the program and making an important contribution to meeting program learning outcomes (approximately one-third of courses).
c) The addition of a new major (undergraduate) where a similar major exists.
d) A new specialization at the graduate level.
e) Addition or deletion of streams.
f) The addition of a new option (e.g., location or part-time/full-time) within an existing program.
g) Establishment of undergraduate certificates.
h) The merger of two or more programs.
i) Establishment of a minor program or option.
j) The offering of an existing program substantially online where it had previously been offered in face-to-face mode, or vice versa.
k) At the master’s level, the introduction or deletion of a major research paper or thesis, course-only, co-op placement, internship, or practicum option.
l) The introduction or deletion of a field in a graduate program.
m) The creation of a collaborative specialization at the graduate level.
n) The creation of combined degrees (existing programs), either undergraduate, graduate, or undergraduate/graduate.
o) Any change to the requirements for graduate program candidacy examinations or residence requirements.

Major modifications to existing programs do not require submission of a Proposal Brief to the Quality Council.