College Course Proposal Criteria

Course Approval Process

Regular College Courses: The course approval process has not changed. Courses should use the below course proposal tempale, submit a sample syllabus that adheres to University Syllabus Policy, and upload both as PDF documents to the electronic Course Proposal System. From there, course proposals will require approval by - 

  • the Department Chair
  • the College Dean
  • the College Curriculum Committee
  • the University Courses & Curriculum Committee (UCCC)
  • the Provost (at the UCCC meeting) 

 

Below you will find the college course proposal template for:

 

Draft the following sections for new courses:

  1. Justification for the course: 
    Provide a clear and compelling rationale for any proposed new course. The justification should state explicitly and clearly how the new course relates to the college and department plans.

  2. Impact on the Curriculum:
    1. Review your current course offerings and requirements in light of the new course. How will it improve your program and enhance the educational outcomes you seek to accomplish?
    2. How will the new course impact the major/adjunct/elective hour distribution requirement for the major or program?
  3. Impact of a new course on frequency of course offerings:
    1. Specify whether or not the offering of the new course will increase the number of courses or sections offered by the department during the semester in which this course is offered or during the following year;
    2. Specify, if there is no increase in the number of courses offered, which course(s) or section(s) will be dropped in a given semester to accommodate the frequency with which this course will be offered;
    3. Specify what effect the new course will have on enrollments in other courses or sections within the department and whether or not offering this course will prevent an important or required course from being offered in a given semester.
    4. Is there a service learning component? If yes, please attach a memo from the director of service learning describing this component. 
    5. Explain how this proposal does or does not impact other departments, especially those serviced by your department or program and those that provide adjunct service to your department or program. 
    6. Attach a complete functional syllabus for the course as outlined in the Syllabus Template & Policy for undergraduate and non-law graduate courses
  4. Include a detailed plan for assessment of the proposed course that includes the following elements:
    1. Student learning outcomes for this course that are tied to course content and assignments. Key Question: What do you want student to know or be able to do at the end of this course? 
    2. Methods, tools, instruments that will be employed to measure success. Describe methods for measuring inputs and outputs. Key Question: What the indicators of learning and course effectiveness?
    3. Criteria that will be used to measure accomplishments or outcomes. Key Question: How will we know that we are having a positive impact on our students’ learning?
    4. Frequency and schedule of assessment of student learning in this course.
    5. Describe mechanisms that will be in place to ensure continuous improvement of course.
    6. Structure and process for administrative and academic oversight of course.
    7. Impact of course on accreditation or certification.
  5. Impact on the budget:
    1. Staffing. Is current staffing sufficient or will new faculty be needed (whether full-time or part-time)?
    2. Library Support. Will students be required to find and evaluate sources on their own, or will they only use information provided by the instructor?  NOTE: If finding and evaluating their own sources, indicate the kind(s) of sources required. (i.e., books, journal articles, news sources, websites, historical sources, etc.)  Include name of library liaison and the date this proposal was dsicussed with the liaison.
    3. Library Media Services Support. Will the proposal require additional instructional technology, or audio/visual services? Please discuss with Library Media Services, and include the date this proposal was discussed with Media Services.
    4. Information Technology Support. Will the proposal require additional computing resources, hardware or software?  If so, the proposal should be discussed with Information Technology.  Include the date the proposal was discussed with IT.
    5. New equipment. Does the proposed change presuppose the purchase of new equipment or software, whether for support or instruction?
    6. Is a student fee requested? If yes, provide justification and basis for amount.
    7. Additional physical space. Does the proposed change require additional physical space (for classes or labs) or modifications of existing physical plant space?
    8. Impact on other departments. How will the proposed change impact the staffing, equipment, and service budgets of other departments?

 

Draft the following sections for course modifications:

  1. Justification for the course modification:
    Provide a clear and compelling rationale for any proposed curriculum modification, including additions and deletions to the course inventory, changes in degree/program requirement, new degree programs, and other major curriculum revisions. The justification should state explicitly and clearly how the changes relate to the college and department plans.
     
  2. Impact on the Curriculum:
    1. Review your current course offerings and requirements in light of the proposed change. How will the proposed change or changes improve your program and enhance the educational outcomes you seek to accomplish?
    2. How will the proposed change impact the major/adjunct/elective hour distribution requirement for the major or program?