Curriculum Proposal Request
Department: _______________________________
Proposed by: _______________________________
Nature of Proposal:
New Course: Proposed # ____________________
General Education Credit
Modify Existing Course
Title
Description
Prerequisite/Co-requisite
Course Content
Course Number
Credit Hours
Term Offered
Gen Ed Credit
Eliminate Course
New Program
Major
Minor
Concentration
Modification to Existing Program Requirements
Add, Delete, Modify Program Matriculation
Requirements
Suspend Admission to a Program
Eliminate Program
Brief overview of the curriculum proposal (limit 4 lines):
Please attach additional documentation required for approval that follows one of the following:
Guidelines for Creation of New Major, Minor, or Concentration; Guidelines for Revision of Existing
Program; or Guidelines for Creation or Revision of Courses.
Approvals:
Department Faculty (including chair). If cross-listed, members of both departments will approve/disapprove.
Name
Approve
Disapprove
Name
Approve
Review or Comments of the Provost
Approved Rejected Returned for further study
Action Taken by Curriculum Committee:
Date: ______________________
Approved Rejected Returned for further study
Action Taken by Provost:
Date: ______________________
Guidelines for Creation of New Major, Minor, or Concentration
These guidelines are an overview of the content and format for proposals for the creation of new
majors, minors, or concentrations. Most changes of this type must be reviewed by the Curriculum
Committee, the Faculty and, in some cases, by the Board of Trustees. As a result this document should
be prepared in consultation with the Dean of Academic Programs and/or the Provost.
NATURE OF THE REQUEST
1. Indicate the title of the new major, minor or concentration.
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROPOSED PROGRAM
1. Describe the general purpose of this program and list program objectives and learning
outcomes.
RATIONALE AND NEED FOR THE PROGRAM
1. Explain the rational for this program. Include an explanation of how the major, minor, or
concentration supports the liberal arts mission of the College.
2. Cite the benefits for students, the institution, and the region or state, of initiating this
program.
3. State the specific local, state, or national needs for individuals educated by the proposed
program. Describe job opportunities that are available to persons who complete the program.
Provide supporting data.
4. Indicate any licensure or certification requirements for which this program will prepare
students.
5. Describe the role of consultants in the development of the proposed program.
6. Provide evidence of student interest in the program, as well as projections of enrollment for
each of the first three years of the program.
7. List academic programs similar to the one proposed offered at nearby public, private or
proprietary institutions.
8. Explain how this program is different from that offered by nearby institutions.
ACADEMIC CONTROL
1. Describe the administrative structure for the program, including the division that will bear
primary responsibility for the program.
2. Indicate any cooperative arrangements with other institutions or organizations that will be
used to offer this program. Specify the exact nature of such arrangements and attach any
formal agreements that have been developed.
3. As appropriate, specify the articulation arrangements that will be in effect for the program.
Attach documentation for such arrangements, if any.
CURRICULUM
1. Describe the program as it would appear in the catalog.
2. List the courses (title, number, semester hour, catalog description) that would constitute the
requirements and other components of the proposed program. Indicate which courses are
currently offered and which will be new. Provide a suggested term-by-term curriculum.
3. Describe how program objectives/learning outcomes will be assessed.
STAFFING REQUIREMENTS
1. Indicate how the proposed program will be staffed.
FACILITIES AND SUPPORT SERVICES
1. Describe facilities and equipment currently in existence that will be used in the proposed
program.
2. Describe additional facilities, facility modifications and equipment that will be required for
use in the proposed program.
3. Indicate institutional plans for meeting the needs for additional facilities and/or support
services.
FINANCIAL RESOURCES
1. Complete and attach the Financial Impact Statement.
2. Discuss briefly the internal reallocation of resources that will occur, or other sources of
funding to be used to support the remaining resource requirements of this program.
Financial Impact Statement
Summarize the financial impact of the addition of this program as follows:
20___ 20___ 20___
Projected Additional FTE
Student Fee Income
Other Income
Total Additional Income
Personnel Costs
- Instructional Costs
- Non-Instructional Costs
Sub-Total
Staff Benefits
Supplies
Travel
Information and Communication
Maintenance and Repairs (including rentals)
Miscellaneous Expenses
Capital Purchases (equipment, furniture, library resources)
Indirect Costs
Total Costs
Annual Balance (gain or loss)
Guidelines for Revisions of Existing Programs
These guidelines are an overview of the content and format for proposals for the elimination or
substantial modification of an existing program. Changes of this type must be reviewed by the
Curriculum Committee. As a result, a proposal for major changes should be prepared in consultation
with the Dean of Academic Programs and/or the Provost.
THE MODIFICATION
1. Describe briefly the nature of the proposed change.
2. Courses to be dropped as this change takes effect.
3. Courses to be added as this change takes effect.
4. Describe any change to the sequence of courses within a major/minor/concentration.
5. List the student learning outcomes related to the curriculum modification and describe the
plan for assessing those outcomes.
RATIONALE
1. Reason/need for change.
2. Student Implications (describe the basis for each estimate)
2.1. Prospective Demand (level of student interest)
2.2. Effect on required hours in major or minor.
2.3. Number of students affected and in what way.
2.4. Effect on elective hours in majors or minor.
2.5. If a major/minor is to be eliminated, how will current students in the program be
accommodated?
2.6. If requirements for matriculation are to be added or modified, how will those changed
affect student enrollment and progress toward graduation?
IMPLICATIONS FOR EXISTING PROGRAMS
1. How will the proposed change affect the integrity of other programs to which it is
related, including the demand for courses or requirements:
1.1. In the department?
1.2. In the College?
2. What individuals in other divisions, if any, have been consulted about this proposal?
(attach correspondence where appropriate)
3. What effect will the proposed change have on accreditation of this program or of
associated programs in the college?
4. What effect will the proposed change have on the ability of the department/college to
meet goals for recruitment, retention, and diversity?
STAFFING IMPLICATIONS/QUALIFICATIONS
1. Are faculty and staff with expertise available now? If not, how will they be
identified/recruited?
2. How will this change affect the allocation of faculty and staff in the
department/college?
3. How will this change affect faculty work load?
AVAILABILITY OF RESOURCES
1. Indicate any unique space requirements for modified curricula and any space likely to
be released by the elimination or modification of curricula.
2. Indicate any unique library, computer, or instructional media resources that will be
needed for modified curricula. Are they readily available?
3. Indicate new one-time or continuing costs for materials, equipment, services, or
personnel directly associated with a modified curriculum. How will these costs be covered?
Indicate any cost savings to be generated if an existing program is eliminated.
TIMETABLE FOR IMPLEMENTATION
1. Provide a detailed timetable for events that will occur as the proposed program change
is accomplished (e.g., addition or elimination of courses, hiring of faculty).
OTHER INFORMATION
1. Provide other information that may be helpful in the review process, as appropriate.
Guidelines for Creation or Revision of Courses
These guidelines are an overview for the content and format of proposals for a new course or for
modifications to an existing course offering.
THE MODIFICATION
1. Describe briefly the nature of the proposed change.
2. Catalog description:
2.1. New catalog description for the new or altered course. Include course proposed
number, course title, credit hours, term offered, description, prerequisites, co-requisites,
special fees.
2.2. Old catalog description, if an existing course is being changed.
3. Provide a syllabus, including the following:
3.1. Course aim.
3.2. Student learning outcomes.
3.3. Course content.
3.4. Instructional strategies.
3.5. Student learning activities.
3.6. Procedures for evaluating student performance.
3.7. Plan for assessing student learning outcomes in this course.
3.8. Grading System (including required percentage of final exam).
4. Identify any other courses to be dropped as this change takes effect.
5. Identify any other courses to be added as this change takes effect.
RATIONALE
1. Reason/Need for the change.
2. Student implications (describe the basis of each estimate)
2.1. Prospective demand (level of student interest).
2.2. Effect on required hours in major/minor.
2.3. Number of students affected and in what way.
2.4. Justification for special fees, if any.
2.5. Effect on elective hours in majors/minors.
IMPLICATIONS FOR EXISTING PROGRAMS
1. How will the proposed change affect the integrity of your curriculum and its
relationship with other curricula, including the demand for courses in other programs:
1.1. In the department?
1.2. In the college?
2. What other individuals in other departments, if any, have been consulted about this
proposal? (attach correspondence where appropriate)
3. What effect will the proposed change have on the ability of the department/college to
meet goals for recruitment, retention, and diversity?
4. Provide updated major/minor check sheet(s) for each major/minor program impacted
by the addition or modification of this course.
STAFFING IMPLICATIONS/QUALIFICATIONS
1. Are faculty and staff with expertise available now?
2. How will this change effect the allocation of faculty and staff in the
department/college?
3. How will this change affect faculty work load?
AVAILABILITY OF RESOURCES
1. Indicate any unique space requirements for new or modified courses, and any space
likely to be released by the elimination or modification of existing courses.
2. Indicate any unique library, computer, or instructional media resources that will be
needed for new or modified courses. Are they readily available?
3. Indicate any new one-time or continuing costs for materials, equipment, services, or
personnel directly associated with a new or modified course. How will these costs be
covered? Indicate any cost savings to be generated if an existing course is eliminated.
OTHER INFORMATION
1. Provide other information that may be helpful in the review process, as appropriate.
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