Graduate School staff members are working closely with Academic Support Resources (ASR) and the Office of Information Technology (OIT) to modify ECAS (Electronic Course Authorization System). We anticipate that the modifications will require 12 to 18 months to complete.
Effective July 1, 2010, responsibility for reviewing and approving 8xxx-level courses--and select 5xxx-level courses in several interdisciplinary graduate programs--was assigned to the colleges. Exempt from this immediate change are the pre-thesis credit (8666), thesis credit (8777 and 8888), and "full-time equivalent" (8333 and 8444) registrations, which will remain unchanged until a revised policy is approved by the Senate Committee on Educational Policy.
Until ECAS can be modified, we are asking the colleges to notify the Graduate School at firstname.lastname@example.org of new and changed courses you have approved; Graduate School staff will then submit the courses in ECAS without further review. This change should not affect the majority of colleges, as most colleges already approve 8xxx-level courses in ECAS before they are reviewed at the Graduate School level. For these colleges, the change will speed the course-approval process. For colleges that do not currently review 8xxx-level courses, we will assist you, as appropriate, in developing review processes and criteria to accommodate this change.