Undergraduate Curricular Development
- 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.
- Individual full-time faculty members may develop new or revised program-specific courses and curriculum proposals. Undergraduate curricular changes may be proposed by any full-time CAE faculty member for consideration by the CCC. Faculty members are encouraged to develop all curricular proposals in consultation and collaboration with other faculty members in the Academic Program Area and/or curricular area affected by the proposed changes. A diagram depicting the process flow for undergraduate-level curriculum is provided in Appendix B of this Handbook.
- Proposals to make changes in an undergraduate academic program must originate from a Faculty Organization member within the applicable Academic Program Area. Curricular proposals must be submitted by the proposal originator to the applicable Academic Program Area Coordinator/Director for review by all Faculty Organization members in the same Academic Program Area. Upon approval of the proposal, the Academic Program Coordinator/Director shall forward the proposal to the CCC Chair for consideration by the CCC.
- The CCC Chair shall submit the proposal to the CCC members at least four working days prior to a vote by the entire CCC.
- The CCC membership shall consider the proposal and make a recommendation for approval, disapproval, or approval with minor revisions. The Academic Program Area Coordinator/Director and/or the proposal originator should be present or available during CCC deliberations in order to provide assistance to the committee in their discussion of the proposal. The CCC Chair shall notify the proposal originator for any proposal that is disapproved or that requires revision, and shall provide the rationale for the decision. If the CCC determines that a proposal requires major revisions, the proposal must be revised and the new version must be approved by the Faculty Organization members in Academic Program Area, and then resubmitted to CCC by the Academic Program Area Coordinator/Director for reconsideration. If the CCC approves a proposal that requires minor revision, the proposal must be revised, the new version must be approved by the Academic Program Area Coordinator/Director, and the “final” proposal must be submitted by the Coordinator/Director to the CCC Chair.
- All required documentation for approved proposals shall be provided to the Dean's Office by the CCC Chair.
- The Dean's office will process and forward CCC curricular recommendations to University officials and governance bodies as appropriate, or return them to the CCC with suggestions for revision.