Best Practices for Curriculum Committees

The information provided on this page is intended to promote best practices among committees and councils as they strive to ensure rigorous, high-quality reviews of curriculum that meet the needs of CMU students.  Efficient and effective processes for approving curriculum are essential to ensure timely delivery of new courses, course changes, new programs, and program changes.  Therefore, it is important for curriculum committees and councils to periodically evaluate their effectiveness based on the roles and responsibilities outlined in the Curriculum Authority Document.  The content found on this site directly supports Department Curriculum Committees, College Curriculum Committees, and Senate Review Committees during such periodic evaluations. 
These resources are typically used by committee and council members to guide decisions such as the impact on time to graduation for students, determining approval levels, and general rules of order during meetings.  In addition, general resources for committees provide members a “one-stop” source to locating information specifically focused on curriculum committee protocol.
Progress made by committee members over the academic year is often attributed to the guidance provided by the Curriculum or Council Chairpersons who rely on content provided in this section.  Information and resources provided are here to establish annual goals, assign member roles and tasks, formulate annual reports, conduct virtual curriculum meetings, develop agendas, process meeting minutes, and evaluate committee effectiveness.
The DCC often serves as the first approval authority in the curriculum approval process.  Therefore, it is imperative the DCC employ strategies derived here to ensure consistency among curriculum proposal materials, communicate with stakeholders, proof-read proposals, oversee and monitor approval progress of proposals, ensure alignment through curriculum mapping, and identify implications pertaining to students, faculty, and advisors.
A great majority of curriculum proposals receive final approval at the CCC level.  The information provided can be used to guide CCCs while establishing member liaisons to ensure cross-collaboration among departments, identify key areas for quality reviews specifically assigned to CCCs, develop strategies for meeting preparation, guide decisions while identifying approval options, processing and approving minutes, and providing feedback to initiators.
The SRCs represent the academic senate and hold significant responsibility during the curriculum approval process.  The resources and information found in this area consist of engaging SRC members, managing meetings, establishing member liaisons to ensure cross-collaboration among colleges, identify key areas for Quality Reviews specific to SRC, handling objections, addressing curriculum criteria in relation to accreditation, and ensuring academic senate policies are implemented.