Graduate Curriculum Committee (GCC) | College of Nursing Faculty Handbook | Kent State University

Graduate Curriculum Committee (GCC)

Membership

Selection of faculty members for GCC is made annually by members of CAC using staggered 2-year appointments. Tenured /tenure track members will be selected from CAC T/TT members. FTNTT members of GCC will be selected from a list of volunteers solicited by the FTNTT members of CAC. In the case that there are more volunteers than seats available, FTNTT CAC members will conduct a vote among FTNTT faculty for final selection.

  1. The membership shall consist of 9 faculty members, the majority of whom shall be T/TT. Five members will be selected in even years and four members in odd years.
  2. Members of the committee must have graduate faculty status.
  3. The dean, associate dean of graduate programs, DNP program director and PhD  program director shall be ex-officio, nonvoting members.
  4. One non-voting graduate student representative will be elected annually from the graduate student body for a one year term.

Responsibilities

  1. Lead faculty efforts in MSN and DNP curriculum development, evaluation and revision.
  2. Review external and internal standards and benchmarks to ensure curricular integrity.
  3. Review and recommend criteria to the faculty for the admission, progression and transfer of students into the MSN and DNP programs of the CON.
  4. Ensure coordination and articulation of academic standards for curricular development and student admission and progression with university policies.
  5. Perform an annual review of the Graduate Student Handbook.
  6. At the last GCC meeting of the academic year the committee shall elect a tenured Faculty member(s) as chairperson for the successive year.

Responsibilities of the chair shall be to:

  1. Chair GCC meetings;
  2. Collaborate with the associate graduate dean in developing an agenda;
  3. Distribute agenda and minutes of all meetings to entire faculty;
  4. Work with faculty members or groups in developing curricular proposals;
  5. Communicate outcomes of curricular proposal votes to associate graduate dean/dean for CAC review;
  6. Ensure curricular processes are followed; and
  7. Prepare and submit a summary report (according to the report template) of Committee’s actions during the academic year prior to the start of the next academic year.
  1. Elect a faculty member with full graduate faculty status to serve as faculty representative to the University Graduate Educational Policies Council (EPC).

Meetings

  1. Meet as scheduled during the academic year, generally 2 times/month.
  2. A quorum, a simple majority of voting members (the majority of whom are T/TT faculty), is required for conducting committee business.
  3. Passage of a motion requires an affirmative vote of a simple majority of the voting members present and voting.
  4. Meet once a semester during academic year with BCC to discuss matters that are relevant across programs.

Curriculum Policies and Procedures

Curricular changes (e.g., adding or revising a course; changing a program or policy) may be proposed by any faculty member or group for consideration by the Baccalaureate, Graduate, or PhD Curriculum Committees. The faculty member or group should follow the procedures for course or program revision outlined on the University Educational Policies Council (EPC) website in developing the proposal. Prior to formally initiating a curriculum proposal, it is recommended that the faculty member or group discuss the plan with the appropriate assistant/associate dean, and with the chair of the appropriate curriculum committee. In developing a curricular proposal, the faculty member/faculty group should refer to the EPC Curriculum Guidelines for policies regarding allocation of credit hours, terminology related to prerequisites, etc. Also see Curriculum Services User Guide.

After conferring with the appropriate assistant/associate dean and respective curriculum committee chair, the faculty member initiates the curriculum workflow process that includes all necessary components and descriptions as outlined in respective EPC Curriculum Guidelines and ensures it is routed to the curriculum committee chair. The curriculum committee chair places the proposal on the agenda for the next committee meeting for discussion and vote. The proposing faculty member/group should attend the meeting to explain the proposal and answer questions. If the vote is affirmative, the curriculum committee chair submits the recommendation to the dean for discussion at the next faculty meeting. Following faculty discussion, the proposal is presented for a vote to CAC. If the CAC vote is affirmative, the assistant/associate dean and/or dean considers the proposal for forwarding to EPC. The complete documentation for the proposal shall be distributed no later than two weeks prior to each meeting (curriculum committee, faculty meeting, CAC).