Course Challenge Postings

The following is the University Course Challenge schedule. Please note that there are several key dates which should be taken account of when submitting new or revised courses and that the course challenge period is two weeks. View the Year at a Glance Memo for more information about key dates and deadlines.

2018-19

College Submission Deadline

UCC Posting Date

Date of effective approval if no challenge received

August 14

August 16

August 31

September 11

September 13

September 28

October 15

October 17

October 31

November 13

November 15

Challenge Resolution (November 30, 2018)

November 30

December 11

December 13

January 2

January 15

all program changes for the 2019-20 Course and Program Catalogue should be submitted by this date

- last date for any prerequisite or other course changes for Spring and Summer terms (201905 and 201907)

January 17

January 31

February 12

February 14

March 1

March 12

March 14

March 29

April 12

April 16

April 30

May 14

- last date for any prerequisite or other course changes for 2018-19 Fall and Winter terms (201809 and 201901)

May 16

May 31

June 11

- after students have started registration in June, changes to courses for 2019-20 Fall and Winter terms (201909 and 202001) will not be implemented unless approved by the registrar

June 13

June 28

Urgent items can also be posted at any time.

Archived Postings

University Course Challenge achived postings are available.

Challenging a Proposal

How to Challenge a proposed course or program change

  • When a new University Course Challenge has been posted, an email is sent to all Deans, Associate Deans, Assistant Deans, Department Heads, and academic advisors to alert them to the Challenge post.  Anyone wishing to challenge a proposal will have approximately two weeks to do so. 
  • A Challenge to a proposed course or program change may emanate from any person (faculty, student, University officer), Department, College and/or committee.
  • In the case of minor program changes, lack of consultation with other affected units will be sufficient basis for initiation of a Challenge to the proposal. 
  • Written or email notice of a Challenge accompanied by reasons for the Challenge will be addressed to the Office of the University Secretary with a copy to the College sponsoring the proposed change (email seanine.warrington@usask.ca AND amanda.storey@usask.ca
  • The Office of the University Secretary, in consultation with the Provost, shall ascertain whether the challenge can be resolved between the parties concerned.
  • If a challenge is not resolved, the Office of the University Secretary shall have the challenge placed before the Academic Programs Committee for resolution at its next scheduled meeting and shall notify the Dean of the College proposing the change and the person, unit, or committee proposing the challenge. 
  • The Academic Programs Committee shall decide whether a challenge is frivolous; an appeal from such a decision shall be entertained by the University Council.

About University Course Challenge

The University Course Challenge was adopted by the University of Saskatchewan in 1997 as a collegial procedure for rapid approval of many curricular changes. The procedure is managed by the Office of the University Secretary. Some colleges now also use their own challenge procedure for dealing with curricular changes at the college level. These procedures should not be confused with the University Course Challenge, which is used for final approval of the following curricular changes:

Additions or deletions

  • Addition of a new course or deletion of a course (unless deleted by the Moribund Course Archive policy).
  • Addition or deletion of a lesser depth of study (such as a Minor, Cross College Minor or Concentration) in a field of study still taught as a major.
  • Addition or deletion of a Work Experience or Internship option.

Program changes

  • Changes to the list of elective courses in a program if these changes affect the program or courses offered by another college
  • Change in name for a Minor or Concentration
  • Straightforward program changes.  These would include:
    - Substitution of a different course for an existing course in a program
    - Changes to a majority of courses in a program (structure, content, scheduling)
    - addition of deletion of a requirement in a program
    - Changes to the Concentrations in a program
    - Minor changes to the total number of credit units require in a program if this changes does not affect overall tuition or program length.

Course changes 

  • Prerequisite or corequisite changes including adding or removing permission or restrictions on a prerequisite if the changes affect another college. 
  • Determining equivalent courses and mutually exclusive courses in cases where courses are from different colleges.
  • Reduction or increase of the number of credit units for a course. Note that changing the credit unit value of a course also requires that a new course number be assigned.
  • Interdisciplinary use of a subject code in a course label
  • Any other changes to an approved course if the changes affect the program or courses offered by another college.

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