Any course/curriculum change that occurs at Cumberland University is initiated and implemented solely for the purpose of providing a superior learning experience for our students. Coursework and curriculum of the University are driven by the Faculty and approved by both the Faculty and the Administration.
Course or Curricular changes are normally initiated by full-time Faculty. These proposals are presented to the responsible School Dean that will submit the proposal to the respective Schools Faculty body for review. The proposal for a curricular/course change must be appropriately documented on the Universitys Curriculum Change Form, which can be found on the P drive in the Curriculum and Course Changes folder. With a two-third majority vote by the Schools Faculty, the course/curriculum change will be submitted to the University Committee for Course Curriculum and Academic Policy (UCCCAP) for undergraduate and graduate proposals (only for review not a vote) and Graduate Council (GC) for graduate program proposals.
UCCCAP and GC are parallel academic bodies that review course and curriculum proposals. UCCCAP is the larger over-branching academic policy body of the University that concentrates on undergraduate course and curricular changes, as well as the academic policies and procedures of the University. Although this body 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 they affect the greater University as a whole. Any view that UCCCAP may have of undergraduate or graduate course/curricular proposals will be communicated directly to the School Dean and Deans Council via the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Communication between UCCCAP and GC is facilitated by the commonality of a member that serves as a Liaison between these two academic bodies.
Graduate Council is an academic body that has the express purpose of reviewing graduate course and curricular proposals and graduate specific academic policies. Any judgment that GC makes of a graduate course and/or curricular change will be communicated directly to the School Dean and Deans Council via the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Cumberland University recognizes the need for review and potential modification or addition to current academic policies. Therefore, the University maintains the following procedure for the consideration of policy revision.
The University procedure for Academic Policy revision is as follows:
Academic Policy revision may be proposed by faculty, School Deans, the Registrar, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, or the University President.|
Proposals are presented in writing to the Deans Council.|
Proposals must be approved by a majority vote by the Deans Council.|
Proposals must be approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.|
Proposals must be approved by the University President.|
Policy revisions are published in the Academic Policy Manual and the University Catalog.|