Best Practices for Curriculum Committees

General Practices for Committees

Department Curriculum Committees (DCC)

  • Be diligent to ensure bulletin language on the green form matches the MCS.
  • Always ensure the necessary departments/programs that may be affected by the changes are contacted.  If a department objects to the changes in the future, it will greatly delay the approval process.
  • It is the responsibility of the DCC to ensure quality proposals free of grammatical errors, run-on sentences, inappropriate subject-verb agreements, vague pronoun reference, etc.
  • Ensure the initiator (i.e. Dept. Chairperson, Dept. Secretary, or Faculty) develops a strategy to monitor the proposal through the approval process.  It is the responsibility of the Initiator to ensure timely reviews of the proposal through the approval process.

College Curriculum Committees (CCC):

  • Capitalize on Member’s Strengths: Example, some members may have been involved in program review.  Allow them to evaluate new programs overall while other members may be better suited to evaluate course modifications because of experience redesigning courses.
  • Engage Members: prior to each meeting, members should do the following when appropriate.
    • Evaluate impact on time to graduation
    • Identify possible advising issues
    • Determine the effects on other departments and programs
    • Evaluate course outcomes to ensure they are measurable and appropriate for the course level
    • Evaluate course-level rationale in accordance to guidelines.
    • Review course sequencing for new programs
    • Evaluate changes in number of credit hours
    • Evaluate effects of program modifications
    • Determine if courses are duplicated
    • Review grammatical issues that may lead to approved with edits versus returns
    • Change in delivery format (online/hybrid should contact Office of Curriculum and Instructional Support)
    • Change in bulletin description, ensure new description adheres to bulletin guidelines
    • Ensure information in the attached documents (i.e. MCS) match the electronic forms!
  • Follow Up Strategies (Out of Sight Out of Mind): Curriculum proposals are often forgotten when there is not a good strategy for following up.  Develop follow up strategies and communicate to other committees.
  • CCC Liaisons: representatives from each department and interdisciplinary/interdepartmental program should act as a liaison between the CCC and programs to ensure issues are addressed in a timely manner.  Such issues may include:
    • Items that boarder on approved with edits and returns
    • Concerns regarding prerequisites
    • Unclear learning outcomes
    • Misalignments between learning outcomes, course outlines, and course assessments.
    • Courses that are duplicative to courses across the college