All curricular approval processes start at the academic unit level by a faculty member submitting a basic data sheet (BDS) that contains the subject matter of the intended process (a course/program revision, approval, or inactivation). The proposal is reviewed and approved by the following faculty committees as appropriate:
Program Curricular Group
Regional Campuses Faculty Councils
Departmental/School Curriculum Committee
College Curriculum Committee (CCC)
Educational Policies Council (EPC)
A detailed flowchart of the curricular approval process is presented in Curriculum Services' Curriculum Guidelines.
The Educational Policies Council is concerned with conceptual and structural aspects of long-range academic and curricular planning. The Council consists of two bodies, one responsible for undergraduate education called the Undergraduate Council and the other responsible for graduate education called the Graduate Council.
Faculty in departments and schools have a primary role in the curriculum development process and are responsible for the delivery and maintenance of their curriculum and instructional programs. Departments and schools are charged to develop and maintain current instructional programs and course syllabi, as well as to promote changes, approve internal modifications, and establish and utilize procedures for reviewing and evaluating existing and new courses, programs and policies.
The Kent State University Catalog is the official document of record for undergraduate and graduate programs, courses, academic policies and special programs. Courses listed in the Catalog include a description of the course along with the number of credit hours and pre- or co-requisites. The University Catalog is an online-only publication available as an Academic Resource.