Courses & Curricula Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
Catalog Pages & Editing Access
What pages do I need to edit for the NCSU Graduate Catalog?
Where do I go to edit my program’s catalog pages?
Pages need to be edited in the “next” environment of their catalog pages.
I am trying to edit my program’s catalog page, but it says that I do not have access. How do I get access?
If you do not have access to the ownership role of your program’s page, you will see the following message next to the editing toolbar:
To get access to your program’s page, email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the link you need access to.
I can’t find my graduate program / plan / subplan page(s). They are missing / do not exist. Where are they?
All catalog pages are created once the program / plan / subplan(s) have been approved through their respective workflows. If they have completed routing, and they are still missing, please contact email@example.com.
Program Page Editing
I don’t see where to edit the “Overview” tab on my program’s page. How do I edit the “Overview” tab?
The “Overview” tab is titled the “Page Body” on the editing toolbar, as shown below:
A course was previously dropped, and I would like to recycle the course number. However, when I try to select the course number, it says the number is currently in use. How do I use the course number?
If a course has been dropped and the course number is still “in use” it means that the course record needs to be archived. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to archive the course.
I hear “program” and “plan” used interchangeably in our department. What is the difference?
A program is a subject category that envelops plans/subplans into a group.
A plan is a specific, degree/certificate/minor types within the program.
These terms have often been used interchangeably, however, The Graduate School uses the terms as the academic structure is coded in Student Information Systems (SIS). You can find the terminology and definitions for academic structure here: https://grad.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Academic-Structure-Terms.pdf.
What is the difference between subplan types: concentration, option, and track?
A concentration is an official subplan that is utilized to determine different subject/focus areas/specializations within a plan. These subplan types are printed on transcripts and are coded with specialized curricula in the Graduate Degree Audit.
An option (often referred to as a “track“) is an unofficial subplan that is utilized to track a group of students within a plan in order to assist them through a specified curriculum to complete plan requirements. These subplan types are not printed on transcripts and are not offered for certificates or minors.
A distance education track is an unofficial subplan that separates matriculated students in a category based on online delivery.
How do I request a focus area “track” for a program?
The Graduate School is currently moving away from the approval of focus area or specialization tracks, therefore, these are not requested through CIM Programs. If your program is considering implementing focus areas or specializations to an existing plan, please contact email@example.com