Graduate Curricular Development

  1. The University’s Educational Policies Council (EPC) has oversight of all curriculum issues, programs and policy proposals. Formal approval of specific curricular proposals is required to establish, to revise or to inactivate courses, programs, policies, academic administrative structures or agreements with curricular implications.
    In support of the EPC’s oversight function, the Office of Curriculum Services is responsible for analyzing, facilitating and monitoring proposed curricular changes and the implementation of those changes as approved by governing bodies. The Office of Curriculum Services produces an annual Curriculum Guidelines document that describes the review processes and procedures required to obtain approval for curricular proposals. The Curriculum Guidelines provides a blueprint to develop and revise academic policies, majors, concentrations, minors, certificates, courses and organizational changes and agreements with curricular implications. Faculty who initiate and/or develop curricular changes should refer to the Curriculum Guidelines document, available through the Curriculum Serves web site, for guidance on the requirements, procedures, and policies associated with specific types of curricular proposals.
  2. Graduate curricular changes may be proposed by any CAE Graduate Faculty member for consideration by the GCC. A diagram depicting the process flow for graduate-level curriculum is provided in Appendix B of this Handbook.
  3. Faculty members are encouraged to develop all curricular proposals in consultation and collaboration with other faculty member in the curricular area affected by the proposed changes. 
  4. Curricular proposals must be submitted by the proposal originator to the GCC Chair for review by the GCC. 
  5. The GCC Chair shall submit the proposal to the GCC members at least four working days prior to a vote by the entire GCC. 
  6. The GCC membership shall consider the proposal and make a recommendation for approval or disapproval. The proposal originator or a proposal advocate should be present or available during GCC deliberations in order to provide assistance to the committee in their discussion of the proposal. The GCC Chair shall notify the proposal originator for any proposal that is disapproved, and provide the rationale for the disapproval decision. 
  7. All required documentation for approved graduate curriculum proposals shall be provided by the GCC Chair to the CCC Chair. The CCC chair shall provide the documentation to the CCC members as Informational Items for discussion by the CCC. The CCC may request re-consideration by the GCC of graduate curricular items. After review by the CCC, the proposals shall be submitted via electronic workflow to the Dean's Office by the CCC Chair. 
  8. The Dean's office will process and forward GCC curricular recommendations to the Dean of Graduate Studies and any other University officials and governance bodies as appropriate, or return them to the GCC with suggestions for revision, via electronic workflow.