21. Course and Program Proposals

21.1. New Course Proposals

New course proposals must be submitted to the CGSR using form GSR 400.1 and accompanied with all the required supporting documentation.  After the new course is approved by the CGSR, it will go through the University Course Challenge (UCC) process.  If there is no challenge, a Course Creation Information Form must be completed and submitted to Registrarial Services, Student & Enrolment Services Division. 

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21.1.1. Special Topics Courses

A Special Topics course is a selected reading course for one or a few graduate students that focuses on areas for which there is no regular graduate course, or, that fills deficiencies in the research program. Such courses must be pertinent to the candidates’ goals.

The Head of the Academic unit or Graduate Chair has the authority to approve Special Topics Courses unless the course includes an undergraduate course component. Courses based on an undergraduate course require approval by the Associate Dean of CGSR or his designate.

The course instructor must be a member of CGSR faculty. An exception may be requested by submitting a memo with a rationale and including the person’s CV. The Associate Dean or his designate will review any exception requests.

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21.2. New Program Proposals

Having demonstrated the need for the program and the unit's ability to offer an academically sound program through the development period, the academic unit shall prepare and submit a regular Graduate Program Proposal.

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21.3. Revisions to Existing Courses

Revisions to existing courses range from minor changes in title as the course is described in the Catalogue, to major redesign of course content or course deletion.  These must be submitted to the CGSR Graduate Academic Affairs Committee for consideration and approval.

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21.4. Revisions to Existing Programs

21.4.1. Modification of Credit Unit Requirement

Academic units wishing to modify the credit unit requirement of an existing graduate program shall submit their proposal to the Associate Dean CGSR. The proposal will be reviewed by the Graduate Programs Committee of the CGSR. If approved by this committee, the proposal then has to be approved by the Executive Committee of CGSR and by Graduate Council. The proposed change becomes effective after it is approved by Graduate Council. 

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21.4.2. Program Modifications

Academic units wising to modify an existing graduate program shall submit their proposal to the Associate Dean, CGSR. The proposal will be reviewed by the Graduate Programs Committee of the CGSR. After it is approved by this committee, the proposal then has to be approved by the Executive Committee of CGSR and submitted to University Course Challenge. The proposed change becomes effective after it is approved by Graduate Council.

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21.5. Dual Degree Programs

Dual degrees shall exist through an agreement, or memorandum of understanding, with the partner institution that has been approved by the CGSR, and signed by the dean and the provost. Only existing approved programs can be offered as dual degree programs. New programs, or existing programs where the degree requirements are being changed, must first complete the appropriate academic approval process before being offered as a dual degree program.

The degree parchment and/or transcript from the u of S will state “University of Saskatchewan, in partnership with “partner institution name”. The agreement with the partner institution will require that the partner institution include a similar notation on their transcript and/or parchment.

Academic units will use the standard template for a dual degree agreement when developing the agreement. The template must contain the following articles:

  • statement of admission requirements, or indication that CGSR standard admission requirements apply;
  • listing of course requirements;
  • listing of each institution’s courses eligible for transfer credit by the partner institution;
  • statement indicating that the thesis must be written and defended in English;
  • list of faculty at partner institution that meet the requirements for membership as an adjunct professor in CGSR and thus are eligible to supervise graduate students.
  • statement indicating students will be jointly supervised by a faculty member from each institution, and, that the supervisory committee will have four members, two from each institution.
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