University Curriculum Committee Bylaws


Charge

The University Curriculum Committee shall recommend to the Senate general curricular policies affecting the undergraduate academic programs offered by the university (e.g., core curriculum, university exit examinations, etc.).

Duties

The committee shall consider all proposals for new degree programs, majors, and/or minors, and make its recommendations to the Senate for action. The committee shall review all actions of the college curriculum committees, and shall be the organ of the university to which any college or autonomous department/program may make recommendations concerning undergraduate curricular matters. The committee may also make recommendations on curricular matters to the Graduate Affairs Committee. The committee will meet two weeks before each scheduled meeting of the Senate. The report of the University Curriculum Committee will be published at least five business days prior to the meeting of the Senate.

Meetings and Reporting

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Membership

The University Curriculum Committee shall consist of thirteen members of the faculty plus the catalog editor (ex officio, non-voting). At the beginning of the first meeting of the academic year, the committee shall elect a chair by private ballot. The chair shall retain voting privileges. There shall be four faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts, two members from the College of Education, three members from the College of Health Professions, and four members from the College of Science and Technology. Reapportionment of the committee will be evaluated on the same schedule as for the Senate. Faculty terms shall be two years; no more than two successive terms shall be served by any person. Each college will elect their own representatives. No more than one member from any one department/program may serve at one time on the committee.

College Curriculum Committees

The College of Health Professions, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Education and the College of Science and Technology shall each have a standing curriculum committee. Each College Curriculum Committee shall be composed of the dean of the college as chair and at least one faculty member from each department or program of the college to be elected by the department or program faculty.

Procedure for Consideration of Curriculum Issues

The College Curriculum Committee, upon receiving recommendations on curricular issues from departments or programs within the respective college, shall take appropriate action and/or make recommendations to the University Curriculum Committee and/or Graduate Curriculum Committee as appropriate. Curricular issues are defined as issues pertaining to program or curriculum development, change, or implementation and issues that significantly and broadly affect the nature and quality of instruction in a program. Any action of the College Curriculum Committee shall be in accordance with the general curriculum policies established by the Faculty Senate, and shall be reviewed by the University Curriculum Committee and/or Graduate Curriculum Committee as appropriate. Any curricular matters that involve curricular policy or have a direct effect on departments or programs outside the college structure shall be forwarded, with recommendations, to the University Curriculum Committee and/or Graduate Curriculum Committee for action after notification of the affected departments. Curricular changes that affect certification programs (e.g., teacher certification) shall be reviewed by the curriculum committee of the college in which the certifying department or program resides prior to forwarding to the University Curriculum Committee for action. The normal path for curricular issues is as follows: Issues related only to undergraduate programs proceed from the academic department to the College Curriculum Committee, then to the University Curriculum Committee and finally to the Faculty Senate. Issues related only to graduate programs proceed from the academic department to the Graduate Curriculum Committee and then to the Graduate Affairs Committee. Issues related to both undergraduate and graduate programs proceed from the academic department to the College Curriculum Committee, then to the University Curriculum Committee, then to the Graduate Curriculum Committee, and finally to the Graduate Affairs Committee.