Submission of UW Form 1503 is required to create or change admission requirements for an undergraduate program.
Note: Suspension of admission to an undergraduate program is considered a change in admission requirements. A temporary suspension of admissions, not to exceed one academic year, requires FCAS approval (via Form 1503) at least one quarter prior to implementation and may require an RCEP.
Revised by the Faculty Council on Academic Standards on January 24, 2014. Adopted by the Faculty Council on Academic Standards on May 2, 2003.
In light of academic units with different admissions policies for early admissions and "regular" admissions, the following policy standards are applicable:
Students who are admitted early into a department are not required to meet admissions standards for students admitted later. Once a student is admitted, they are only required to satisfy the continuation policy for the department.
Adopted by the Faculty Council on Academic Standards on October 12, 2012.
(UW requires 2.0 cumulative gpa for graduation)
(UW requires 0.7 in each course)
All existing program graduation requirements are grandfathered in. Should a program with graduation grade requirements exceeding these policies wish to change its requirements, the new proposal will be considered under these guidelines.
Adopted by the Faculty Council on Academic Standards on June 5, 2009.
(UW requires 2.0 for all courses)
Adopted by the Faculty Council on Academic Standards on January 29, 2010.
The Gateway Undergraduate Advising Center maintains List of Minors.
University of Washington minors must meet the following guidelines to be considered for approval:
Interdisciplinary minors are minors that are composed of courses and content that come from more than one area of study. The first four interdisciplinary minors offered by the University are in Marine Biology; Education, Learning, and Society; Quantitative Science; and Values and Society.
Interdisciplinary minors were created because students are not allowed to minor in their major, but at times the content overlap between the major and an Interdisciplinary minor is unavoidable. To ensure that students are satisfying the intention of the rule disallowing a student to minor in their major, FCAS created the following policy.
Adopted by the Faculty Council on Academic Standards on December 10, 2010.
It is strongly encouraged that Minors be open. The University system does not track student progress toward completion of minors, grant class preference because a student is taking a minor, or grant extensions toward degree completion rules because a student is trying to finish a minor.
Should a department request a competitive minor, the department takes on the following responsibilities for students admitted to the minor:
Adopted by the Faculty Council on Academic Standards on May 11, 2012.
An option is a formal, University-approved concentration within a major that appears on a student's transcript. Informal tracks, concentrations, or pathways in a major that do not appear on student transcripts are not subject to the following policies.
Revised by the Faculty Council on Academic Standards on February 7, 2014
Background: As a way to help the Tacoma and Bothell campuses quickly develop courses when they were originally established and again later when they were transitioning from 2-year to 4-year campuses, the University of Washington Curriculum Committee allowed UW Bothell and UW Tacoma to submit memos that requested a course (or courses) that was a 'clone' of an existing Seattle course. This was meant soley as a means of getting courses quickly approved; the 'cloning' process was not intended to carry any further meaning. However, this has raised a number of questions that must now be addressed. The following policy was submitted by the University Curriculum Committee to the Faculty Council on Academic Standards as a means for addressing those questions.
Adopted by the Faculty Council on Academic Standards on April 29, 2011.
The University of Washington seeks to allow fair access to as many eligible applicants as possible each year while enabling students, who so choose, to have a four-year college experience beyond high school. Consequently, the University has set limits on the number of quarters and credits allocated for each student. A student may continue to enroll at the University of Washington until reaching both the quarter and credit limits.
Students admitted as freshmen, including those who have earned credit as part of the Running Start Program, may accrue as many credits as they wish, as long as they graduate within 12 quarters of college work while registered at the University. Transfer students are allowed 6 quarters of college work while registered at the University if they have completed two or more years of college work. Transfer students who enter the University after completing one year of college work will be allowed 9 quarters of college work while registered at the University of Washington. Summer quarters do not count in these limits.
Students who do not complete their degree requirements within the time frames specified above may continue to enroll through the quarter in which they reach 30 credits beyond the number of credits required for their degree. Students pursuing more than one degree may enroll through the quarter in which they reach 30 credits beyond the number of credits required for their concurrent degrees. After reaching these limits, students will no longer be permitted to register as continuing University of Washington students in the regular academic year (Autumn-Winter-Spring).
Administration and Logistics
Adopted by the Faculty Council on Academic Standards on January 27, 2012. Revised by the Faculty Council on Academic Standards on May 25, 2012.
Adopted by the Faculty Council on Academic Standards on November 7, 2014.
Note: During the 2011-2012 Washington state legislative session, the Legislature transferred the roles and responsibilities of the state's Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) to a new agency, the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC). As part of that change, the Legislature also eliminated the HECB's authority to approve new undergraduate majors and degrees at all the state's public higher education institutions. While the WSAC retains authority over significant changes in location and mission of public higher education institutions, the Council does not have regulatory authority over individual academic programs. The guidelines below are intended to take the place for those previously required by the HECB for all proposals for new and online degrees and majors to be offered by the university. Section 28b.77.020 of the Revised Code of Washington explaines in more detail the responsibilties of the WSAC.
Adopted by the Faculty Council on Academic Standards on February 8, 2013.