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Consultation with Other Departments

Communication

It is the responsibility of all members of the curriculum development process to keep their constituencies well-informed of changes, proposals, and discussion items (i.e., the department curriculum chair must keep the department as a whole informed; the college curriculum chair must keep the dean, the associate dean(s), and all department curriculum coordinators informed; and so on).

Consultation with the Library

When a proposal is submitted into workflow in the Curriculum Management System, an automated email notification is generated and sent to the respective College Librarian for review. If the College Librarian has any questions or concerns he/she will follow-up with the proposer to share information about the availability of resources and services to support the new course.

Consultation with Academic Departments

Why Consult?

Consultation is a professional courtesy, an opportunity for collaboration among faculty and helps programs with their planning for future class scheduling. Many of our programs are dependent on courses from several different departments/ colleges, and university resources are not unlimited. Thus, it is especially critical that interdepartmental consultation and intercollege consultation be carried out as appropriate.

When is it Necessary to Consult?

The consultative process is to be used if one (or more) of the following actions is proposed:

Program Proposals

  1. Add or remove a course offered by another department from a program’s curriculum.
  2. Edit or deactivate a course used in another department’s program
    • The Curriculum Management system sends an automated email to a program’s department chair/head when a proposal to edit or deactivate a course in their program is submitted in the system. The email requests the department chair/head review the proposal and communicate any concerns to the proposing department in a timely manner.

Course Proposals

  1. Propose a new course that has content overlap with an existing course offered by another department.
  2. Propose a new course to be added to another department’s curriculum.
  3. Propose a new course with course requisites offered by another department.
  4. Edit or deactivate a course that is crosslisted with another department.
  5. Edit a course, adding a crosslisting with another department.
  6. Edit a course, adding or removing course requisites offered by another department.

Departments being consulted have the responsibility of replying in writing promptly and of detailing explicitly their objections, if any, to the proposed action by the initiating department.

All matters of consultation should be completed before the department forwards its curriculum proposal to the dean.

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