Checklist of Common Issues in Curriculum Development

Department curriculum committees and faculty senates should check all of these common problems before approving a curriculum packet.  Failing to do so could cause delays in the review process at the UCC/GCCC meetings.

_____ Review your whole program. If a program comes to UCC for review, the committee will evaluate the whole program, not just the edited parts.

  • Take the opportunity to review all courses, pre-requisites, requirements and electives.

         _____ Watch for hidden pre-requisites

  • Hidden pre-requisites are unlisted and uncounted courses that are pre-requisite for a required course in a program.
  • If a student must take a pre-requisite course before taking a required course, that pre-requisite must be listed as part of the program.
  • If a program comes to UCC for any edits, the committee will review the entire program for hidden pre-requisites.

         _____ Consider if your course edits are substantive enough that it should be a new course

         _____ Attach consultations to proposals

  • Consultations are required when you are adding or dropping courses used in programs in another department.
  • Consultations with programs that have similar or overlapping content are required.

              _____ Attach a syllabus to any new or substantially changed course proposals

  • If the course has been taught under an experimental number, attach that syllabus.
  • If the course has not been taught, attach a draft or example syllabus.
  • If the course description is changing substantially, attach a draft syllabus reflecting content updates.

         _____ Count your hours

  • No new extended programs will be allowed and no existing extended programs may increase.
  • Maximum program lengths are: BAS (30 hrs), BA/B:A (62 hrs), BS (68 hrs), BFA/BMusic/BA-Teaching (80 hrs).
  • LAC courses do not have to be included in the maximum allowed count (double counting).
  • See “Watch for hidden pre-requisites” above

         _____ Substantive errors or required edits that arise in a proposal review at UCC/GCCC, which are not addressed in college or departmental
                    reviews, may require the proposal go back through the next curricular cycle.

         _____ Truth in Advertising

  • Be sure that all requirements and expectations of a program are clearly and accurately represented in the catalog description and requirements.
  • Students should be able to easily interpret and navigate the catalog requirements.