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(Last Updated 4/20/2011)

(From Steve Bullock, Asst. V.C. Academic & Student Affairs 4/20/2011)

The Academic Planning Council (APC) is designed to monitor the quality and assist in the ongoing development of UNO's academic programs and units through the academic program review process. The reviews are coordinated with required program review reports prepared for the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE).

From the CBA between UNO and the NU BOR, the following relevant information is included:

3.6.2 Terminations as a Result of Discontinuance of a Program or Department:

In the event that the Administration proposes to discontinue a program or a department and such action would result in the termination of a Unit Member, such proposal shall be formally considered by the Board only after appropriate consultation.  Appropriate consultation shall be as follows:

(1) The Administration shall notify in writing the affected department and college, the UNO University Academic Planning Council, the UNO Graduate Council (if graduate instruction is offered by the department), and the UNO AAUP of the proposed discontinuance.

(2) The affected department and college, the Academic Planning Council, and theUNO Graduate Council shall have ninety (90) days to prepare and present their response; provided that notice of the proposed discontinuance was given prior to February 15 of the academic year. If notice of the proposed discontinuance is provided after February 15, the deadline for receipt of responses shall be one hundred-twenty (120) days after notification.

(3) In the preparation of their response, the affected department and college, the Academic Planning Council, and the UNO Graduate Council shall review data they regard as relevant to their consideration, including information such as enrollment trends, program costs, research and service functions, etc. The Academic Planning Council and the UNO Graduate Council may forward requests for information to the affected department and college and the Administration.

(4) Upon completion, the responses of the affected department and college, the Academic Planning Council, and the UNO Graduate Council shall be sent simultaneously to the Senior Vice Chancellor and the UNO AAUP.

(5) Upon receipt of the responses or the expiration of the deadline indicated above, the Administration shall formulate its recommendation to the Board, accompanied by the formal reports received from the affected department and college, the Academic Planning Council, and the UNO Graduate Council. Copies of this formal recommendation and supporting documents shall be provided to the affected department and college, the Academic Planning Council, the UNO Graduate Council, and the UNO AAUP, at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting at which the Board will consider the recommendation.

 (6) The Board shall give due consideration to the reports and recommendations made by the affected department and college, the Academic Planning Council and the UNO Graduate Council.

(7) The decision of the Board will be communicated in writing and in a timely manner to the affected department and college and the UNO AAUP.(8) The substantive decision by the Board to discontinue a department or program shall not be grievable under this Agreement, except that a grievance may be pursued based on the allegation that the procedures outlined herein were not followed and that such failure may have affected the substantive decision of the Board.

(8) The substantive decision by the Board to discontinue a department or program shall not be grievable under this Agreement, except that a grievance may be pursued based on the allegation that the procedures outlined herein were not followed and that such failure may have affected the substantive decision of the Board.