Approval Tracking is an online tracking system for requests associated with specific academic processes. It is currently used for requests regarding new courses, updates to existing courses, programs and degrees, and other academic processes. Note that this application does not replace Sunshine Statute requirements. It is not the authoritative record of approval.
All college credit courses, certificates, and degree programs require approval, though graduate, undergraduate, and professional programs often have different approval steps. Please see the Policies
page for more specific information.
The length of the approval process depends on the number of required approvals and whether the required forms were correctly filled out when the request was first submitted. While the approval process could be quite fast from department approval to college approval, the University Curriculum Committee
, the Graduate Curriculum Committee
, and the Board of Governors only meet a few times each year. No academic approval process can be completed without approval from at least one of these groups.
Go to the Start New Request
page of this site and select the appropriate request type for your request, then select the applicable process and follow the displayed instructions.
The original submitter can make changes to the documents attached to a request at any time.
Approvers may make changes to the documents only when the request is pending in their area of authority. For example, a College of Education Approver may only upload documents when a request is pending at the College of Education. In general, it is assumed that Approvers will only upload new documents for minor changes, such as typos. For substantive changes, the original submitter should upload the new documents.
Information in the body of the request (anything not contained in the associated documents) may not be changed after the request has been submitted, unless the request is returned (recycled) back to the original submitter.
You can see a list of all College and Department level approvers on the Groups & Approvers
page. If an approver needs to be added or removed from the Approver list, the department chair or appropriate college administrator should email email@example.com
with the approver's name and UFID.
There are three different email notifications sent out by the Academic Approval Tracking system. They are "Decision needed on a request," "Change to a request," and "Request has been approved." Notice the different subject lines (highlighted in yellow below). Each of these email types are briefly discussed below.
The "Decision needed" email (see image below) is for a new request or a change to a request that is now at your level of approval. Someone from your Approval Group will need to act on this request. You can see who is in your Approval Group by going to the Group/Approver listing here.
The "Change to a request" email notification (see image below) is sent only to those approvers that have previously acted on the request. Any other approvers that may belong to your Approver Group will not receive emails for requests you have previously acted on. Note the text: "There has been a change to a request you acted on previously. There is no further action required on your part." is in the body area of the email. This type of email is only a notification to you that an Approver Group at a higher level than your level has acted on the request.
The last type of email notification (see image below) is sent to all Approvers who have previously acted on the request. It is a general notification that the request has gone through all the Approval steps for its particular process and has been approved. Notice the text: "To see the request history, visit:" has replaced the usual "To see the most recent status, visit:" text.
If you are a submitter of a request, you will receive "there was a change" email notifications. You can change your email settings any time you are logged into the Approval Tracking system. Between your name and the Logout button in the upper right corner, you will see "Email options" as shown in the image below.
Click on the "Email options" to see the settings for your account. You can change these settings as needed. See image below.
You can choose to watch (receive email notifications) requests that you are not involved with. The procedure on how to get these updates is explained below.
After logging into the Approval system, go to the Reports page. You will see a screen that looks like the image shown below.
Once you are on the Reports page you can search for any Request by title, submitter name, description, process, groups, status, etc. Once you have set your search parameters click on the "Generate report" button. This will return a list of the requests that match your search parameters.
In the column labeled "Title" click on the Request name you would like to watch. It will open a window showing the Request. To add this Request to your "Watch list" click on the "Get updates" button as shown in the sample below.
Once you click on the "Get updates" button, you will start receiving email notifications whenever someone acts on this Request.
There are two ways to stop receiving email updates for the Requests on your "Watch list".
- Go to the Request and click on the "Stop updates" button, as shown in the image below.
- Or you can go to your "Watch list" and remove the Requests you want to stop watching.
To see your "Watch list" click on the email options link located next to your name in the upper right hand corner of the page. You should see a screen that looks like the image shown below.
Click on the check box next to the Request(s) you would like to stop watching and then click on the "Stop updates for selected requests" button. The selected Requests will be removed from your "Watch list" and you will no longer receive email updates from those Requests.
Please see the Contact
page for whom to contact with questions about the Approval Tracking system.