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Curriculum and Assessment  

Processes: Description of the Course Creation/Change Process
Minor Changes
Minor changes to courses include correcting errors or clarifying the content in these areas:
•  Course title
•  Course description
•  Course discipline/number
•  Course objectives (minor editorial changes)

1. The faculty Initiator completes and signs the cover sheet of the Course/Syllabus form and submits it to the Department Chair.
2. The Department Chair/Director and the faculty of the department review the Course/ Syllabus form, and the Department Chair approves, denies, or returns the form to the faculty initiator. If approved, the form is given to the Dean.
3. The Dean/Area Administrator reviews and approves, denies, or returns the Course/Syllabus form to the Chair for further consideration. If approved, the form is sent to the Office of Curriculum & Assessment.
4. The Vice President of Instruction approves, denies, or returns the Course/Syllabus form to the Dean for further consideration. The Curriculum Office will notify the Dean, Department Chair, and faculty of the status.
5. The Curriculum Development Specialist (CDS) enters the course information into Banner and the curriculum database. The CDS notifies enrollment services of new courses and changes.

New Courses, Major Changes, and Three-year Syllabus Review
New courses, major changes to existing courses, and three-year syllabus reviews are reviewed by the Curriculum Committee. Major changes include:
•  Credit/contact hour changes
•  Distribution of contact hours
•  Pre- or corequisites
•  Course objectives (major changes)
•  Grading method change
•  General Education Requirement change
•  Honors section

1. The faculty Initiator
 
  1. For a new course
    •  Determines need for the course through discussions with department members and deans and consults with any other departments that might be affected.
    •  Completes the Course/Syllabus form.
  2. For a major change
    •  Completes the cover sheet and revises the Course/Syllabus form.
2. The Department Chair/Director reviews, has the department review, and the Chair approves, denies, or returns the form to the Initiator for further consideration.
3. The Dean/Area Administrator reviews, approves, denies, or returns for further consideration.
4. The Curriculum Committee reviews and either recommends for approval by submitting it to the Vice President, or tables with recommended changes and returns the form to the Dean.
5. The Assessment Committee reviews course and program proposals, and makes recommendations to the Curriculum Committee concerning the quality of the assessment information.
6. The Vice President of Instruction approves, denies, or returns to Dean for further consideration.
7. The Curriculum Development Specialist (CDS) enters the course information into Banner and the curriculum database. The CDS notifies enrollment services of new courses and changes.


Curriculum Development Schedule 2013-2014
Schedule of deadlines Winter 2014, Spring/Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 course development and Fall 2014 program development.

Forms
A list of course and program forms available for download, to be completed, and returned to the Curriculum and Assessment Office.

Processes
Descriptions of the program and course approval process along with helpful checklists for completing related materials.

Description of the Program Proposal Process
Provides an overview of all the steps in the program proposal process and can be used a guide during this process. Please read the Description of the Program Proposal Process before completing the Program Proposal form.

Creating a Program Checklist
The Creating a Program Checklist can be used after a Program Proposal is completed, to ensure that all pertinent information has been included.

Description of the Course Creation/Change Process
Provides an overview of all the steps in the course creation/change process and can be used as a guide during this process. Please read the Course Creation/Change Process before completing the Course/Syllabus form.

Creating/Changing a Course Checklist
The Creating/Changing a Course Checklist can be used after a Master Syllabus form is completed, to ensure that all pertinent information has been included.

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