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General Overview of the Curriculum Process

New courses, new programs or modifications to existing courses and programs generally begin with the faculty of a department or program, either individually or collectively as a department or program. The first step in the process is to have the developed proposals discussed and approved by the department offering the course and/or program.

New curricula or modifications to existing curricula should be tied to program, college and university learning objectives and developed with consideration of the action plan created during the most recent program review.

General Education (GE), Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR), and United States Cultural Pluralism (USCP) courses must undergo separate and parallel review by the GE Governance Board, GWR Advisory Board, and USCP committee.

After department approval, curricular proposals are reviewed and approved by the curriculum committee of the college within which the department proposing the new or modified curriculum resides. After this review, the dean of the college must review and approve or disapprove of all curricular proposals.

Once college and dean approval has been obtained, the proposals are submitted to the Office of the Registrar to preview before the Academic Senate Curriculum Committee (ASCC) begins their review.

The ASCC makes recommendations regarding all curricular proposals to the Academic Senate. The Senate then recommends approval or disapproval of the ASCC recommendations. These results are forwarded to the Provost's office and the President.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Departments and Colleges
    • Academic Departments
    • Department Curriculum Chairs and Committees
    • Department Chair/Heads
    • College Curriculum Committees
    • College Curriculum Chairs
    • College Deans' Office
    • Impasse and Resolution
  • University Level Review
    • Office of the Registrar
    • Academic Programs Office
    • Academic Senate Curriculum Committee
    • General Education Governance Board
    • Graduation Writing Requirement Advisory Board
    • U.S. Cultural Pluralism Subcommittee
    • Academic Senate

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