190.1 Curriculum Committee Operating Procedures

Created by: Stephanie Ferguson on 9/27/2002
Category: 1 - Academic Affairs; 90 - Miscellaneous
 
Originator: Chair, Curriculum Committee
Current File: 190.1
Adoption Date: 4/14/2009
Reviewed for Currency: 4/14/2009
 
Replaces File: 190.1
Date of Origin: 9/30/1974
 
Classification: Faculty
 
In Archive? No

190.1 Curriculum Committee Operating Procedures

 

A. Background

The Faculty Constitution (Article V, Section 5b) establishes the Curriculum Committee.

 

B. Policy

The Curriculum Committee studies all proposals involving the addition, revision, and deletion of specific courses in light of Furman's purposes, policies, and curricular goals. The Committee is to present its recommendations to the faculty.

 

C. Guidelines

1. The Curriculum Committee evaluates all proposals for new or extensively revised courses. Proposals are submitted by one of the following: the chair of the originating department, the chair of the originating concentration oversight committee (See File 109.3, "Academic Concentrations"), or the chair of the First Year Seminar Oversight Committee (See File 190.7, "First Year SeminarOversight Committee Operating Procedures") . If a proposed course meets the purposes, policies, and curricular goals of Furman University, the Committee shall endorse the course.

a. For catalog courses, the chair of the originating department submits proposals to the Curriculum Committee.

b. First Year Seminar (FYS and FYW) course proposals must be approved by the First Year Seminar Oversight Committee. Upon approval, the chair of the First Year Seminar Oversight Committee forwards proposals to the Curriculum Committee.

c. All courses shall be submitted via the Course Proposal System.

2. The chair of the Curriculum Committee forwards newly recommended course proposals requesting core, global awareness, or concentration credit to the Academic Policies Committee. Requests for core, global awareness, or concentration credit for existing courses should be submitted directly to the Academic Policies Committee.

3. Prior to each academic year, the committee chair will post course proposal submission deadlines for the Fall and Spring semesters and distribute them to the faculty. Deadlines for First Year Seminars are set by the First Year Seminar Oversight Committee and the Chair of this committee will post deadlines and make them available to the faculty. The Curriculum Committee may not be able to consider late proposals for registration deadlines or for faculty consideration.

4. The Curriculum Committee shall meet to review and act upon each course proposal. Minutes of the Committee will be posted on the Faculty Governance website.

5. If the Curriculum Committee rejects a course proposal, the chair shall inform the chairs(s) of the appropriate department(s) or oversight committee(s) of the Committee's decision and the reason(s) for rejection. The proposing party may then take one of the following actions:

a. Accept the decision of the Committee

b. Revise and resubmit the proposal.

c. Request that the course proposal and the Curriculum Committee's action be presented directly to the faculty for a decision.

6. A temporary topics course requires Curriculum Committee endorsement prior to being offered the first time and may be taught a maximum of three times.

7. Every year, the Chair of the Curriculum Committee will request that the registrar review catalog courses and notify the appropriate department or oversight committee chair(s) of any courses not taught within the previous eight years. Requests for deletion of courses shall be submitted by the department or oversight committee chair(s) to the chair of the Curriculum Committee.

8. The reports will be submitted to the Chair of the Faculty by the appointed deadline. These reports may include:

a. Any announcements of important information regarding course proposals, deadlines or policy matters.

b. New or revised catalog courses and First Year Seminar courses, with recommendation of approval by faculty vote.

c. Temporary topics courses and course deletions for information only.

9. At the end of each academic year, the Chair of the Curriculum Committee will submit a final report to the faculty summarizing all actions taken by the committee during the year.

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