FACULTY HANDBOOK

Curriculum Committee

Membership

The Deans of the undergraduate schools and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, ex officio. One member and alternate elected for a two-year term by and from the membership of each academic department and the library faculty. Five students elected by the Student Senate for renewable terms of one year. The Chairman of the Graduate Studies Committee and the Chairman of the Area and Interdisciplinary Studies Committee, ex officio.

Organization

The Curriculum Committee shall organize itself in the Spring before the end of the academic year, electing its chairman and secretary from among those members representing academic departments and fixing its time and place of meeting.

Functions and Responsibilities

1. To review and recommend to the Faculty Senate policies concerning the University curricula including, patterns of the major, the minor, and areas of concentration; departmental and interdepartmental programs; specific graduate and undergraduate programs; and modifications, additions, and deletions of courses within the curricula.

2. To make a continuous study of the University curricula as they relate to programs authorized by the Board of Trustees for the State Universities, teacher certification requirements of the State Board of Education, and to the overall mission of the University.

3. To hold an annual review, following notification of the affected departments, of those courses which have not been taught for three consecutive years.

4. The Curriculum Committee Chairperson and the Chairperson of the General Education Subcommittee, or their representatives, serve as representatives of the Academic Vice President in reviewing approved Curriculum Committee Changes of the catalog copy.

(Approved by the Senate, April 23, 1973, amended February 3, 1975, August 24, 1982 and further amended March 7, 1988)

Procedures

1. The Committee shall organize itself annually in May, electing a Chairman, providing for staff secretarial service, and fixing its time and place of meeting.

2. The Committee shall use Robertís Rule of Order, Revised: all decisions of the Committee shall be made by vote.

3. Submission of requests:

a. Requests for curriculum changes shall be made on standard forms (see attachments).

b. Requests for changes shall be in the hands of the Chairman at least two weeks in advance of the meeting at which they are to be considered.

c. 100 copies of each request are required. In the case of graduate courses and programs an additional fifty (50) copies must be sent directly to the Graduate Office.

d. Proposals for majors, programs, and courses which are presented and/or justified as required, or recommended by an appropriate accrediting organization, and any changes in majors, programs, and courses so presented and/or justified must be accompanied by a copy of the accrediting organizationís requirements or recommendations.

4. An agenda of items to be considered at any meeting shall be sent by the Chairman to members of the Committee, Department Chairmen , and appropriate administrative personnel not less than ten days before the meeting.

5. Concerning the authorization of requests:

a. Requests from a Department shall carry the endorsement of the Chairman and evidence of review by the Division Director, or the Dean in those Schools where there are no Division Directors.

b. Requests from a School or Division shall carry the endorsement of the Dean or the Division Director and evidence of review by the Chairman of the Departments concerned.

c. Requests affecting more than one Department or Division shall carry out only an appropriate endorsement but also evidence of review by the other group or groups concerned.

6. The Committee may receive and dispose of suggestions and recommendations from the President, the Faculty Senate, or any other properly constituted agency of the University.

7. The Committee may, by majority vote, make amendments to requests for curriculum changes which do not essentially affect the substance of the request (e.g., changes in wording or prerequisites). However, any substantial changes may be made only with the concurrence of the representative(s) and/or spokesmen of the Department(s) concerned, and lacking this consent, the request will be returned to the endorsing agency.

8. To appear in the catalog for the subsequent year, changes must be approved by the Curriculum Committee by its February meeting and by the Faculty Senate by its second meeting in February.

9. The Committee shall be privileged to establish such subcommittees as shall be deemed advisable from time to time.

10. The Committee shall retain the unique prerogative of making recommendations to the faculty concerning additions and deletions of courses and programs.

11. Procedures for effecting minor changes:

a. Requests for a change in the number, title, and/or descriptions may be submitted to the appropriate Dean for approval provided that the essential nature of the course is not changed. A report of such actions shall be made to the Chairman of the Curriculum Committee, who shall make periodic reports of such changes to the Curriculum Committee.

b. Substantial changes in a course, such as the content, prerequisites, or credit, shall be submitted to the Curriculum Committee.

c. In cases of doubt, the Dean should consult with the Chairman of the Curriculum Committee concerning the disposition of the request.

12. Authorization of courses not yet approved by the Curriculum Committee and/or the Faculty Senate:

The Vice President for Academic Affairs may authorize the offering of an unapproved course for a single semester, provided that time does not permit its approval before the schedule is fixed, and provided that an appropriate request has been made to the Curriculum Committee.

13. Prerequisites:

"Departments wishing to require a higher grade than passing for a prerequisite must request approval from the Academic Standards Committee with a statement of justification for the request."

Curriculum Committee Structure

A. The work of the Curriculum Committee having increased to the point that efficient and judicious operation of the Committee is no longer possible in the Committee of the whole, the following subcommittee structure is established:

1. Standing subcommittees are established to review all undergraduate curriculum proposals from the Departments and Divisions within each undergraduate school.

a. Each subcommittee shall be composed of not less than five members of the Curriculum Committee representing constituencies within the School, one representative at large from each of the other Schools, the Dean of the School, one student, and the Chairman of the Curriculum Committee, ex officio. If the School lacks five faculty representatives on the Curriculum Committee, a sufficient number of members may be elected by the faculty of the School to the subcommittee to insure the membership of five faculty from that School. Each subcommittee shall organize itself.

b. The members of the subcommittee shall be elected by and from Curriculum Committee members except as noted in point a. above.

c. The subcommittees shall review all proposals emanating from any of the constituencies and make recommendations, favorable or unfavorable, to the Curriculum Committee. They shall possess the power to recommend amendments, subject to the limitations on the Curriculum Committee itself.

d. They shall meet prior to all Curriculum Committee meetings where pertinent items are on the agenda.

e. A written report shall be presented to members of the Curriculum Committee as to the results of their deliberations in advance of Curriculum Committee meetings.

2. The Graduate Studies Committee shall be recognized as the review committee for all proposals concerning graduate programs and courses numbered higher than 499.

a. From the Curriculum Committee agenda, the chairperson of the Curriculum Committee may assign to the Graduate Studies Committee, for purposes of review, 400 level courses.

b. From the Curriculum Committee agenda, the chairperson of the Graduate Studies Committee may also refer 400 level courses to the Graduate Studies Committee for purposes of review.

3. In order to assist in the refinement, development an implementation of the General Education program, a permanent subcommittee of the Curriculum.

a. The subcommittee shall be composed of one representative from each of the ten established General Education Modes, one representative each from the School of Business, Education, and Technology, one academic Dean, one student, and the Chairman of the Curriculum Committee, ex officio. It shall organize itself.

b. The members shall be elected by and from the representatives of the General Education Mode.

c. The subcommittee shall review all proposals placed before it and make recommendations, favorable or unfavorable, to the Curriculum Committee. It shall possess the power to recommend amendments, subject to the limitations on the Curriculum Committee.

d. It shall receive and may initiate recommendations to the Curriculum Committee concerning the implementation of the General Education Program.

e. It shall meet prior to all Curriculum Committee meetings where pertinent items are on the agenda and at such other times as its Chairman may request.

f. A written report shall be presented to members of the Curriculum Committee as to the results of their deliberations in advance of Curriculum Committee meetings.

4. Representatives from the initiating body shall be invited to attend subcommittee meetings concerned with their proposals as well as executive sessions of the Curriculum Committee.

B. Clarification of function with respect to the reviewing of existing courses.

1. The Curriculum Committee shall hold an annual review of a report from the Registrar's Office of those courses which have not been taught during the past three-year period. (The report should include courses offered but not taught, with enrollment figures at the time of cancellation.)

2. These courses will be placed automatically on the Committee's agenda for review and the affected departments notified.

3. This review shall commence immediately concerning courses which have not been taught during the past three academic years.