The Board of Regents and the President of the UW System are responsible for all actions related to academic degree program planning, delivery, approval, and review as codified in Chapter 36 of the Wisconsin Statutes.

Academic Programs and Educational Innovation assists the Board of Regents, the UW System President, and the UW institutions to maintain and improve the quality of education within the UW System by sustaining sufficient access for students to majors and careers, identifying gaps in systemwide program array, and analyzing the workforce development needs of the state – all in the context of efficient management of systemwide resources.

Academic Degree Program Planning Policy

Board of Regents Program Authorization

BOR New Program Authorization Guide November 2018 docx

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

All UW institutions have been approved by the State of Wisconsin Distance Learning Authorization Board (DLAB) (Wisconsin Act 208 and Wis. Stats. s. 39.85) to participate in SARA per the DLAB’s approval and oversight. See the Wisconsin DLAB’s website.

Updates to Academic Degree Programs


  • Unpublishing or Republishing an Academic Degree Program in MajorMania and/or on the eApp
  • Adding 50% or More, But Less Than 100%, Distance Education to an Academic Degree Program
  • Adding Face-to-Face Delivery to a 100% Distance Education Academic Degree Program
  • Eliminating an Academic Degree Type
  • Eliminating an Academic Degree Program
  • Renaming an Academic Degree Program
  • Redirecting an Academic Degree Program
  • Suspending Admissions to an Academic Degree Program
  • Reinstating Admissions to an Academic Degree Program