Changes in graduate courses and/or curriculum should normally be initiated by graduate Faculty that hold full-time Faculty status. All proposed changes must be presented on the Curriculum Change Form. All documentation as requested on the form should accompany the proposal when submitted to the School Faculty. With the School Deans support the course/curriculum change will be presented to the full-time Faculty of the School for review. All School Faculty are consulted on Graduate course and curriculum changes in light of their potential impact on the School as a whole. Decisions of approval and rejection are made based upon a two-third majority vote. Any proposal that is approved by the Faculty will be forwarded to Graduate Council (GC) to be considered for approval. School minutes documenting the Facultys approval, as well as documentation required on the form should accompany the submission. After careful consideration of the impact on the University and the benefits to the students, GC will approve or reject the proposal with a simple majority vote. If the proposal is not supported by the GC, the proposal must be returned to the proposal intiator with specific justification and suggestions for strengthening the proposal.
GCs review and final decision will be communicated directly to the School Dean, proposal initiator, and Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA), Chair of Deans Council.
Deans Council represents the third level of review for graduate course and curriculum change proposals. The VPAA will present the proposal to the council for review. Proposal approval or rejection is determined with a simple majority vote of the Deans Council.
Under certain instances an expedited curriculum change process may be more appropriate to utilize than the four-level review process. This process is to be utilized only in situations where the proposed curriculum change does not change the nature, scope, mission, or relationship of the entity to the University Mission. Examples for which the use of this process are appropriate includes, minor wording revisions of a Schools and/or Programs Mission, Goals, Learning Outcomes, and/or Objectives, as well as minor wording revisions of course descriptions. This process should not be used for changes in Missions, Goals, Learning Outcomes, Objectives, Course descriptions that change the content/scope of the entity. Neither should it be used to introduce or delete courses or curriculum and/or to change credit hours for a course or program of study.
By submitting the Expedited Curriculum form to the chair of the GC and the VPAA, it is verified that the proposed curriculum/course change does not change the scope of the entity and has received majority approval within the governing School. If a proposal is deemed a significant change in scope or a conflict to the University Mission, it will be returned to the submitting School for Submission through the regular curriculum change proposal route of approval.