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Does my Program Require a SUNY Revision Proposal?

Changes to a program over time might require the submission of a SUNY revision proposal. In order to determine whether your program is in compliance, you must check the curriculum that was last registered with the New York State Education Department (NYSED). To review this version of your program, follow these steps:

  1. Check the date of your program’s most recent NYSED registration in the Inventory of Registered Programs.
    1. Click “Search by Institution” and locate Stony Brook in the list
    2. Search for your program by program title (or program code, if you have that information available). Click the hyperlink that says, “click here for more program information” for your selected program
    3. Each program entry includes the line “LAST REG ACTION.” The accompanying date is the last time your program was registered with NYSED
  2. Search in the appropriate Bulletin archive to locate a curriculum that most closely matches the registered one. If your program was last registered in 1995, for example, select a Bulletin from 1996 or 1997. You want to choose a Bulletin that reflects the curricular revisions.

Once you find the registered version of the curriculum, compare it with the current version of the curriculum (i.e. what is posted in the most recent Bulletin). 

If your program meets any of the following criteria, formal revision is required:

  • Cumulative change from SED’s last approval of the registered program of one-third or more of the minimum credits required for the award (e.g., 40 credits for bachelor’s degree programs, 10 credits for 30-credit master’s programs)
    • Cumulative changes are measured in credits, not courses.
  • Changes in a program’s focus or design
    • When determining whether your program has a design change, consider how the structure varies from the last registered version of the curriculum. Have any requirements been added, removed, or reorganized?
  • Adding or eliminating one or more options, concentrations or tracks
    • Changing a track title does not require a revision proposal
  • Eliminating a requirement for program completion (such as an internship, clinical placement, cooperative education, or other work or field-based experience).  Adding such requirements must remain in compliance with SUNY credit cap limits.
  • Altering the liberal arts and science content in a way that changes the degree classification of an undergraduate program, as defined in Section 3.47(c)(1-4) of Regents Rules
  • Change in program title
    • If this is the ONLY change, a SUNY title change form is available
  • Change in program award
  • Change in Mode of delivery
    • This is most common when adding a distance education format. 
  • Format change(s) (e.g., from full-time to part-time), based on SED definitions, for the entire program
  • A change in the total number of credits in a certificate or advanced certificate program
    • A change in total credits for degree programs won’t automatically trigger a revision proposal, but consider the implications of the change  
  • Any change to a registered licensure-qualifying program, or the addition of licensure qualification to an existing program.  Exception:  Small changes in the required number of credits in a licensure-qualifying program that do not involve a course or courses that satisfy one of the required content areas in the profession.