Curriculum Change Proposals

This process applies to course proposals, other action items that are not program proposals, and information items (for a flowchart of the process, see Figure 1). Consult the Director of General Education, the Associate Provost for Instructional Support, or the Graduate Dean before initiating major curriculum revisions.

Step 1

A proposal is prepared, typically by one or more faculty members, and brought before the department.

Step 2

The proposal is reviewed by the department (curriculum committee and, then, chair). If recommended, it is forwarded to the dean who distributes it to the college curriculum and assessment committee.
If not recommended, it is returned to the proposer.

Step 3

The college curriculum and assessment committee reviews the proposal. If recommended, it is forwarded to the dean of the college. If not recommended, it is returned to the proposer. Note: special topics and workshop courses must be approved through this level.

Step 4

The college dean reviews the proposal. If the proposal is not recommended by the college dean, it is returned to the proposer. If the proposal is recommended and does not affect the teacher education program, it is forwarded to the General Education Council, the Undergraduate Council, or the Graduate Council. In the case of a course proposed for the UCA Core and for a major degree program, copies of the proposal are forwarded to both the General Education Council and the Undergraduate Council; in the case of double-listed courses (courses listed at both the 4000- and the 5000-level), copies of the proposal are forwarded to both the Undergraduate and Graduate Councils.

If the proposal affects the teacher education program and the dean recommends it, the dean then forwards it to the Professional Education Council (PEC). If the PEC recommends the proposal, it is forwarded to the appropriate council(s). If the PEC does not recommend it, it is returned to the proposer.

During the academic year, a proposal must be submitted to the appropriate council at least one month before the meeting at which action is desired. Summer submissions may be delayed until the fall semester.

Step 5

The General Education Council or the Undergraduate and/or Graduate Council reviews the proposal. If recommended, it is forwarded to the Council of Deans. If not recommended, the proposer is notified.

Step 6

If the proposal is recommended by the Council of Deans and approved by the Provost, it is submitted to the Registrar’s office and (in the case of new courses and other course-related changes) incorporated into the Banner Catalog.

Curriculum Change Process

Figure 1: Curriculum Change Process