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 housed in the P drive in the Curriculum and Course Change folder (Appendix A). 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 GC and UCCCAP for review. School minutes documenting the Facultys approval, as well as documentation required on the form (i.e. peer comparisons, learning outcomes, and etc.) 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. Although UCCCAP does not explicitly vote on the acceptance of graduate course/curriculum proposals, it may express concerns and provide advice on proposed changes in graduate programs as it affects the greater University as a whole. UCCCAPs review regarding graduate courses and curriculum will be submitted to the School Dean and Deans Council. GCs review and final decision will be communicated directly to the School Dean, proposal initiator, and Vice President for Academic Affairs (chair of Deans Council).
Deans Council represents the third level of review for graduate course and curriculum change proposals. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will present the proposal to the council for review. Proposal approval or rejection is determined with a simple majority vote of the Deans Council. If approved, the proposal will be submitted to the University President for review. The final decision for implementation of a course and/or curriculum change lies with the President. If the President signs and approves a curriculum change, it will be submitted to the Registrar to implement the change. Note that at each level of review all other review bodies are notified of the decisions made to facilitate effective University communication (Appendix B).
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 (Appendix C).
By submitting the Expedited Curriculum form to the chair of the UCCCAP committee and the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 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 (School, UCCCAP, Deans Council, and President).