Curriculum Committee Bylaws
[Note: These bylaws are under revision to reflect current practice using Curriculog and the newly approved Community Engaged Learning designation, which is replacing the Service Learning designation.]
The College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee reviews proposals for amending the curriculum and recommends action to the Dean. The committee also advises the Dean about the quality and effectiveness of the curriculum and instruction.
The committee has ten members. The Dean appoints five members and the USFFA appoints five members, with one member from each group appointed as co-chair. The co-chair appointed by the Dean is an Associate Dean. The USFFA shall elect two representatives from the sciences, three representatives from the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, with at least one representative from the Arts and Humanities and one representative from the Social Sciences; the third representative can come from either area. The committee reports to the Dean. Three non-voting members also attend Committee meetings – a representative from CASA, a representative from the Registrar’s Office, and a Program Assistant from the Dean’s Office.
Co-chairs determine the time and place of meetings. Decisions are reached by consensus, or by majority vote of members present. The Associate Dean records minutes of the meetings for distribution to committee members the following week.
- Full-time faculty members may propose curriculum changes after obtaining department or program approval by submitting the New /Change Program Proposal (NCPP) or the New/Change Course Proposal (NCCP) through the Academic Effectiveness page of the internal College website. Each proposed new or change in course or program requires a separate form:
- The NCPP asks the proposer to provide information about the rationale for the new/changed program, the market/needs analysis, the program learning outcomes, curriculum map(s), degree requirements checklist(s), the assessment plan(s), and syllabi and/or draft syllabi of all existing and proposed courses to be included in the program; indication of department/program faculty support (via minutes of meeting at which new or changes to program were approved or via letter from Department Chair/Program Coordinator) and Associate Dean consultation is also required.
- The NCCP asks the proposer to provide the existing and/or proposed course syllabi information about the subject code, course number, course title, course description, course learning outcomes, units, compliance with USF credit hour policy, type of course, enrollment cap, rationale, pre- and co-requisites, and, for applications seeking core, service learning (SL), and/or cultural diversity (CD) designations, information about how the proposed/change course will meet the relevant learning outcomes and how student achievement of those outcomes will be addressed; indication of department/program faculty support for the proposed/change course (via minutes of meeting at which new or changes to course were approved or via letter from Department Chair/Program Coordinator), as well as support of the application for core, SL, and/or CD designation, when relevant, is also required.
- In the event that a new/change program or a new/change course proposal is rejected by the Department/Program, the faculty proposer may submit an appeal to the office of the Associate Dean for Academic Effectiveness; this appeal will be reviewed by the Dean and, when appropriate, by the College Curriculum Committee.
- The review processes for NCPPs and for NCCPs are outlined at academic effectiveness. The Committee reviews all NCPPs in the College, as well as all NCCPs that include Service Learning and/or Cultural Diversity designation.
- The Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Effectiveness (ADAE) distributes an agenda and posts submitted proposal materials to the CCC Canvas page, accessible to all voting and nonvoting members, prior to each meeting.
- Co-Chairs may invite faculty members who are proposing changes to attend the meeting.
- When the Committee receives NCPPs or NCCPs with SL and/or CD designation, it may appoint a subcommittee of members to review the proposal. The subcommittee may be called at any point during the approval process The subcommittee shall review the proposal and make a recommendation to the full committee. If the subcommittee feels that a consultant may help it arrive at a decision, the subcommittee may hire a consultant from within the University or external to the university to assist. The subcommittee may be called by the Co-Chairs of the Committee. The Co-Chairs shall notify the full Curriculum Committee of its establishment.
- When a NCPP is approved by the CCC, the ADAE notifies the faculty member and then submits a New/Change in Academic Proposal, which is then reviewed by the Dean and Provost, as depicted below.
- When a NCCP is approved for designation of Service Learning or Cultural Diversity, the ADAE notifies the faculty member and submits the approved changes to the College of Arts and Sciences Director of Academic Planning and to the Registrar’s Office for implementation into the catalog and the degree check system, as depicted below.