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Policy Provisions
Performance Evaluation
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Graduate Courses and Curriculum Changes
Policy

Document Number: ACAD--103 Revision #: 1.0
Document Owner: Date Last Updated: 02/29/2016
Primary Author: VP for Academic Affairs Status: Approved
Date Originally Created: 11/22/2011

General Description
Description:

Graduate course and curriculum change policy


Purpose:

Delineation of policy


Scope:

All faculty, staff, students, and administrators


Responsibility: Deans
VP for Academic Affairs

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Requirements
Relevant Knowledge: In order to comply with this policy you should know:
Standards of good practice
Standard company policies
Current University policy

Terms and Definitions: Additional training

Corrective Action

Loss of privilege, general

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Policy Provisions
1.

Graduate Course and Curriculum Changes


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 Dean’s 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 Faculty’s 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.

GC’s review and final decision will be communicated directly to the School Dean, proposal initiator, and Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA), Chair of Dean’s Council.

 

Dean’s 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 Dean’s 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 School’s and/or Program’s 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.


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Performance Evaluation
Performance Metrics: Compliance with standard policy and procedure

Consequences: Further training
Loss of privileges

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Subject Experts
The following may be consulted for additional information.
VP for Academic Affairs

VP for Academic Affairs

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