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CWUP 5-50-080 Jurisdiction for Curriculum Matters

5-50-080(1)Academic Departments
5-50-080(2)Board of Trustees
5-50-080(3)The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)
5-50-080(5)Faculty Senate
5-50-080(6)Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee (FSCC)
5-50-080(7)General Education Committee
5-50-080(8)Graduate Council
5-50-080(10)Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB)


 (1) Academic Departments - Departments have the responsibility to develop specific courses and programs and to initiate course/program changes. The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) or interdisciplinary programs may initiate course/program changes in collaboration with the appropriate departments. The dean or designee and if applicable, the college curriculum committee reviews curriculum proposals before they are submitted to the FSCC for review and, if applicable, final approval by the faculty senate.

(2) Board of Trustees. The board approves all new program proposals after they have been reviewed internally and before they are submitted to the Higher Education Coordinating Board. New minors, specializations, and certificates are informational items presented to the board of trustees by the provost/senior vice president for academic affairs.

(3) The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). The CTL reviews all programs and courses designed primarily to prepare individuals for service in the common schools, including early childhood education. Some but not all of these programs lead to recommendation by the university for certification in the state of Washington as either a teacher or an educational staff associate.

(4) Faculty. The teaching faculty collectively is the major force governing the curriculum of the university. The faculty acts through the departments, the deans, college curriculum committees, the FSCC and the faculty senate to complete the curricular process.

(5) Faculty Senate - The faculty senate acts on recommendations made by the FSCC concerning the following:

1. All curriculum policies, including revisions to CWU Policies manual, CWUP 5-50, and policy recommendations from university committees and offices concerned with the curriculum (e.g., general education committee, the center for teaching and learning, graduate council, career services, registrar services, deans' and provost's offices).
2. New programs, new minors, new certificates, or new specializations within existing programs. 
3. Programs which exceed upper credit limits. Course additions to existing programs that extend the number of credits required beyond the upper limits previously approved by the faculty senate. Bachelor of Arts approved for 75 credits. Bachelor of Science approved for 110 credits.
4. Final approval for general education changes.

Note: faculty senate is informed of but does not act on program deletions.

(6) Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee (FSCC). The FSCC reports to the faculty senate and makes recommendations to the senate concerning the following:

1. The FSCC has supervisory authority to review and make recommendations on all curricular and program proposals presented to it for academic integrity and intellectual quality, the clarity of course and program descriptions, inclusion of student learning outcomes and assessment plan, and programmatic goals and outcomes.
2. The committee screens curriculum proposals to assure their compliance with CWU Policies.
3. The FSCC screens department/program catalog information to ensure its clarity, accuracy, and compliance with CWU Policies.
4. FSCC maintains CWUP 5-50.

(7) General Education Committee - (See CWUP 5-100). The general education committee reports to the faculty senate and makes recommendations to the faculty senate concerning the following:

1. Reviewing and recommending policies regarding the general education requirements.
2. Establishing criteria for the addition and deletion of courses and program changes to the general education program.
3. Maintains CWUP 5-100.

Changes to the general education requirements and the general education program follow the same process as any curriculum change. Final approval requires a majority vote of the faculty senate.

(8) Graduate Council - The graduate council reviews all program proposals and revisions for graduate study and the associate vice president for graduate studies reviews all course proposals or changes which are numbered 500 and above.

(9) Governance - Whenever questions of curriculum policy arise from curriculum proposals, the FSCC and the provost or the provost's designee should be consulted. Whenever questions or concerns of an administrative nature arise, the provost or provost's designee or appropriate deans should be consulted.

(10) Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) - The HECB approves initial plans for new baccalaureate and graduate degree programs. Planning authority expires two years from approval. The Planning Notification of Intent, which may be found at, will be submitted to the associate vice president for undergraduate studies at least nine months prior to the proposed start date of the program. After the proposal has been developed and approved internally, the final approval also rests with the HECB.


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