Faculty Handbook

Guidelines for Material Submitted to the Committee on Undergraduate Curriculum & Academic Standards (CUCAS) and Graduate Council

Materials submitted by December 1, will be considered and, if approved, included in the next Catalog.

The following information must be included in the material submitted to the Committee on Undergraduate Curriculum & Academic Standards (CUCAS), or for graduate courses to the Graduate Council

  1. For course proposals (if applicable provide existing and proposed change(s):

    a.  Course number (by level Oxx*, 1 xx, 2xx, etc)

    b.  Course title

    c.  Semester hour credit

    d.  Rationale for course proposal

    e.  Course description, including prerequisites

    f.  Course topical outline: new and old (if appropriate)

    g.  Time provision for incorporation into the program

    h.  Standard grading option or Pass/Fail option. If an “RM” or “RP” grade is appropriate, so indicate

    Note: Proposals for new courses must contain an attachment which details all new resources including technology that exists and that must be purchased and faculty line(s). If no new resources are needed, departments must include an explanation and supporting data justifying how or why no new resources (i.e., staffing, course rotation, library resources, technology resources, laboratory facilities) are needed.

  2. For dual label course proposals:

    a.  Same as in above

  3. For program/option proposals

    a.  Rationale for the program/option.

    b.  Courses to be offered in the program (each course submitted as required in 1. above)

    c.  Provisions for staffing and time incorporation

    d.  Old and new program sheets

    e.  Program assessment activities

  4. For all proposals:

    a.  18 copies of each proposal, stapled and clearly organized

    b.  All materials should be routed from the department chairperson to appropriate school committees following the University Senate approved procedures

    c.  Chairpersons of the appropriate school committees send all material to the chairperson of the CUCAS or to the chairperson of the Graduate Council.

    d.  The appropriate signed cover routing sheet is to be included with all proposals.

    Pending the electronic set-up in the 2006-07 academic year, the electronic format approved by the Senate R-06-02-03 and approved by the President 6/9/06 will be as follows:

    a.  Departmental approval of the proposed change(s).

    b.  Transmission of the proposal to the appropriate school review committee in electronic form.

    c.  Each school review committee chair will electronically post the proposals and notify all University department chairs that they should check the proposals. (the place where this should be posted and the manner should be determined by the deans and the appropriate technical staff.)

    d.  Department chairs will decide whether they think their departments are affected and if so, go to the complete proposal. When a department chair thinks the change has an effect on the department, she or he will provide input to the review committee before or during the approval process

    e.  After the approval by the school committee, the proposal proceeds to the next step of the process as before (CUCAS or Graduate Council) where departments who consider themselves affected may also provide input.

*Receiving load credit but no academic credit

Form: Procedure for the Modification of the Undergraduate or Graduate Curriculum

Form: Procedure for Planning of the Undergraduate or Graduate Curriculum

Revised Senate Approval: R-00-05-13
Admin. Approval:  Oct. 23, 2000
Revised Senate Approval: R-06-02-03
Admin. Approval: 6/9/06
Revised Senate Approval:  R-06-04-04
Admin. Approval: 9/6/06


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