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Curriculum Handbook

The Curriculum Handbook is designed to aid faculty in the development of courses and programs as well as in the use of the Curriculum Management system, a web-based curriculum authoring, editing, and approval tool.

Before submitting a course or program proposal for the catalog, read through the handbook for information on the elements that need to be considered and addressed in a proposal. Also, refer to the below checklists, which are provided to curriculum committees to assist with reviewing proposals:

Catalog Review Cycle

The Cal Poly Catalog is published every two years and the 2019-2021 catalog review cycle is currently underway. Proposals for the new catalog must be approved by both the department and the college and then submitted to the Office of the Registrar on or before May 1, 2018. Refer to Catalog Review Timelines for the 2019-2021 Catalog for a comprehensive timetable of the catalog review cycle.

Proposals currently entered in the Curriculum Management system will have a default Start Term of Summer 2021, which is the first term of the 2021-2023 catalog. When the Office of the Registrar receives a proposal, it will be reviewed to determine whether the proposal may be considered earlier and applied to the current catalog. To see the types of proposals that may be applied to the current catalog as well as quarterly deadlines for those submissions, refer to Catalog Review Cycles and Timelines for the 2021-2023 Catalog.

Submitting Proposals

New Degree Program: Contact the Academic Programs and Planning Office.

Discontinue Degree Program: Contact the Academic Programs and Planning Office.

Selected Topics Course: To propose a topic use Selected Topics Course form.

All other course and program proposals are submitted via the Curriculum Management System found on the Academics tab of the Cal Poly portal for faculty.

Additional Resources

In addition to the Curriculum Handbook, the following resources are available and have been provided to college curriculum committees in a joint presentation by the Academic Senate Curriculum Committee Chair and the Office of the Registrar:

Once a department completes their review of proposals for the 2019-2021 catalog, they send a notification memo to their college’s Curriculum Committee Chair, requesting college-level review, using the below template. Note that the memo is necessary because these individuals do not receive automated email notifications via workflow in the Curriculum Management system.

The Cal Poly curriculum is published in several different venues:

Departmental websites should link to the Cal Poly Catalog whenever possible, and advising worksheets or brochures prepared by departments should always reflect the Catalog.

Contact Us

  • Brian Self, Academic Senate Curriculum Committee Chair 
  • Susan Olivas, Associate Registrar for Curriculum, Catalog and Scheduling
  • Stuart Fryer, Assistant Registrar, Curriculum and Catalog Lead
  • Daniel Parsons, Curriculum Analyst
  • Shayna Bailey, Catalog Editor

You may email questions to

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