As the Faculty Senate rightly likes to say, “Curriculum belongs to the faculty.” We as faculty are the guardians of the curriculum and, as such, have the responsibility to oversee curricular requests not just from our departments/centers, but from every other unit at the University. Every curricular proposal begins and ends with faculty oversight.
The process begins with faculty wishing to modify the current curriculum in some manner and proceeds as follows:
- Curriculum forms are completed by the department and submitted to the Curriculum Committee. These forms may be found in the Forms page of the Faculty Senate website.
- Once the committee approves a submission, the Associate Dean, who acts as a liaison to the Committee, reviews the submissions, makes any necessary changes, approves them on the Dean’s behalf, and forwards them to the Faculty Senate.
- The Faculty Senate prepares the submissions for publication in the University Curriculum Committee Bulletin.
- The Graduate and Undergraduate Councils review program submissions.
- The University Curriculum Committee reviews new course proposals, course change/deletions, and program proposals. Some program requests require a hearing.
- Approved submissions are forwarded to the Faculty Senate.
- The chairs of the University Curriculum Committee and the two councils sign the forms.
- On the floor of the Faculty Senate, the chair of the University Curriculum Committee presents a motion to approve all items on a specific bulletin. Although usually the Senate approves the bulletin as a whole, senators may question any item being presented.
- After the senators approve the motion, the chair of the Faculty Senate signs the forms on behalf of the Senate.
- The forms are reviewed by the Provost’s Office. Those approved are sent to the Registrar’s Office for processing:
- a) The new course proposals are sent to Tallahassee where they are forwarded to the faculty discipline representative who will assign the course a number. Once we receive a new number, a copy of the course proposal with the new number written in is sent to the department.
- b) Course change/deletions are processed internally
- c) Program changes are recorded. When the new programs are assigned a code, the Registrar’s Office notifies the dean’s office and the department chair.
- d) All changes are made to catalog.