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What to Expect in Curriculum Committee

Curriculum Committee meets Tuesday from 8:30 to 9:30 AM. Proposals must be represented by you or a department representative who can answer the committee's questions. Curriculum Committee will review the entire course and/or program, not just the proposed change. Chairs, deans, and the committee use the course approver guide and program approver guide when reviewing a proposal in CourseLeaf. Curriculum Committee uses a first and second reading/approval to complete the approval process.

You will be notified via email when your proposal is scheduled for Curriculum Committee. Please let the committee chair know if you have a preferred date or time during the meeting. Please note that it is difficult to estimate with precision the amount of time needed for each item as multiple proposals are reviewed in a meeting.

At the meeting, the chair will ask for a brief summary of the proposal. Committee members will have already reviewed your proposal and may have questions and/or comments.

The committee can either:

  • Approve for first reading with no required action items (could have suggestions)
  • Approve for first reading with required action items
  • Table for first reading
  • Vote that the proposal is insufficient for approval for first reading

If the status of the proposal, required action items, or suggestions are not clear, the submitter is invited to ask the chair for clarification; it is important that feedback is understood.

If the proposal needs no substantial changes, it will be placed on the consent agenda for the second reading, and the proposer doesn't need to attend.

If the proposal requires edits before second reading, edits must be completed by the Tuesday before second reading. Prompt attention may be required.

After the committee approves the proposed curriculum changes for the second reading, the instructional systems specialist will apply changes in the appropriate systems and send an email notification.  Please note that state approval can take anywhere from one to four months.