What is IDP?
The Individualized Degree Program (IDP) is an academically sound, interdisciplinary degree program developed by the student in collaboration with a faculty advisor and the Center for Individualized Learning to meet specific educational goals not met by other majors/minors at the university. For more information about the IDP process, see the IDP Student page.
IDP Information for Faculty
The faculty advisor must be a full-time faculty member who:
- collaborates with the student and the student’s IDP advisor to design an academically sound and cohesive major or minor. This collaboration may be limited by the student’s timeline for graduation. IDP advisors depend on faculty members for their subject matter expertise, their career guidance, and their knowledge of departmental curriculum.
- consults as needed with faculty from other disciplines when those disciplines compose a significant part of the student’s planned program of study.
- provides a communication link between the student and the chair of the department from which the student draws the majority of credit.
- reviews and approves the student’s degree plan. The CIL advisor and director, the chair of the department from which the majority of credit is drawn, and the appropriate dean also review the proposal.
- in collaboration with the student’s CIL advisor, the faculty member continues to act as advisor for the student throughout their enrollment and assists with program adjustments as needed.
The IDP serves as an incubator for faculty to develop new academic programs to meet emerging needs in the community and workplace. The IDP-as-incubator provides faculty with the opportunity to track demand and to experiment with the relevant curriculum prior to submitting the new program for review through the established curriculum approval process.
We also house Faculty Designed IDPs that do not easily fit within one department including the International Studies Concentration, Aerospace Systems Engineering Technology (ASET), and Aerospace Physics.
Staff contact information can be found here.
Faculty Guide for Metro Meritus
The CIL appreciates the role faculty play in the lives of our Metro Meritus participants. Please review the Metro Meritus faculty information should you have questions regarding the program. Thank youMetro Meritus Faculty Information Sheet
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