Curriculum Committee Duties

College Senate Committee on Curriculum

College Senates review and act on ALL undergraduate and graduate proposals by departments within the college.  They have the authority to reject, return for clarification or approve proposals. College Senates also have primary responsibility for catalog changes that are editorial in nature.   College senate chairs can be contacted for more information on the specific process, duties and timeline established for curriculum review within respective colleges.


University Curriculum Committee Duties:
UCC Members

All UCC members are expected to:

Assigned Reviewers--Each college curriculum proposal will have two assigned reviewers, typically the College Representative and one additional UCC Member, as Co-Reviewer.      

Both Reviewers are expected to:

  • Access documents in Leepfrog (Courseleaf) system
          -  Degree restatements can be found at https://nextcatalog.uni.edu/programadmin/    
          -  Course changes can be found at https://nextcatalog.uni.edu/courseadmin/
  • Review documents in depth prior to pre-meeting and UCC meeting
  • Check for compliance with university guidelines
  • Check for appropriate consultations - when absent, check with the department head of proposing program
  • College Representative presents curriculum packet to UCC at the appropriate time and makes a motion to approve departmental proposals
  • The Co-Reviewer seconds the motion to accept the packet
The undergraduate curriculum packet should be reviewed for the following:
  • Compliance with university guidelines (standard program, extended program, etc.)
  • New courses - considerations:
    • where they fit into the curriculum (major, minor, certificate)
    • does the program justify the new course?
    • are there resources available for the new course?
    • has the course been taught under an experimental number?
  • Dropped courses - considerations:
    • are these listed in any other existing major/minor/certificate?
    • are are there impacts on existing students; a need for a teach-out plan?
  • Length of major - consideratons:
    • this is a serious consideration as it has implications for time-to-graduation and student debt
    • generally programs should not increase length; careful scrutiny
    • no new extended programs
  • Consultation has occurred with appropriate bodies (Educator Preparation, Liberal Arts Core Committee, all appropriate departments, etc.) and signatures obtained (GCCC and Library consultations are automatic through the Leepfrog curriculum system)
    • consultation with affected departments and any departments with similar programs
    • for new programs, this includes consultation with other Regent campuses
  • Possible "Impact Analysis" regarding how changes in a program may affect others
  • Unnecessary duplication, including review of situations where collaboration would be more efficient/effective than overlap.
  • Review for Hidden Prerequisites; all required courses must be listed, including all stacked prerequisites.
  • Get answers to questions, unresolved matters prior to UCC meeting if possible - contact chair for major issues.

Graduate College Curriculum Committee Duties


First Reader - College Representative:
  • Access documents in GCCC Google Drive prepared by the Chair 
  • Review Course Reports and Program Reports in depth prior to meeting
  • Check for compliance with university/graduate guidelines
  • Check for appropriate consultations - when absent, check with department head of proposing program
  • Get answers to questions, unresolved matters prior to official meeting if possible—contact the chair for major issues
  • Attend a pre-meeting with the 2nd reader, Chair, representatives from the Registrar Office, and guests to identify major recommendations, unresolved issues and suggest modifications to the agenda
  • Clean up the preliminary agenda and submit it to the Chair for final upload at least 24 hrs prior to official meeting
  • Present curriculum packet to GCCC at appropriate meeting and make motion to approve departmental proposals
Second Reader:
  • Access documents in GCCC Google Drive
  • Review Course Reports and Program Reports in depth prior to meeting
  • Review documents
  • Check for compliance with university/graduate guidelines
  • Attend a pre-meeting with the 2nd reader, chair, representatives from the Registrar Office, and guests to identify major recommendations, unresolved issues and suggest modifications to the agenda
  • Assist with the cleanup of the preliminary agenda prior to submission to the committee chair
  • Second the motion to accept packet at the meeting
All Other GCCC Members:
  • Access documents in GCCC Google Drive
  • Review Course Reports and Program Reports in depth prior to meeting
  • Review documents

Bring all questions to pre-meeting in order to prepare for final meeting. Questions may be submitted to the committee chair via email at gabriela.olivares@uni.edu

The graduate curriculum packet should be reviewed for the following:
  • Compliance with university guidelinesCompliance with university guidelines (see online Curriculum Handbook at http://www.uni.edu/provost/curriculum-review and Graduate Information section of the UNI Catalog pp. 87-119)
  • New courses - where they fit into the curriculum (e.g., core, elective)?
  • Dropped courses - are these listed in any other existing programs?
  • Accuracy of credit hours
  • Consultation has occurred with appropriate bodies (all appropriate departments, Educator Preparation as needed), no objections or unresolved issues, and signatures obtained
    (GCCC and Library consultations are automatic through the Leepfrog curriculum system)
  • Get answers to questions, unresolved matters prior to GCCC meeting if possible--contact the chair for major issues
The Chair or Vice-chair will:
  • Do a preliminary review of all proposals, prepare preliminary agendas and conduct meetings
  • Attempt to resolve major issues with proposals prior to meeting
  • Invite others from college as guests to GCCC Pre-meeting only to explain the proposals and also authorize approval/rejection of resolutions considered at these meetings
  • If unresolved issues arise during GCCC meeting, chair will take questions back to department(s) for clarifications and answers, to bring forward during last GCCC meeting (catch up session) or an earlier GCCC meeting if so designated


Resources:  UNI Curriculum Review Website (on Provost Office Website) http://www.uni.edu/provost/curriculum-review