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CWUP 5-50-010 Jurisdiction for Curriculum Matters

(1) Academic Departments. Departments have the responsibility to develop specific courses and programs and to initiate course/program changes. 

(2) Board of Trustees. The board approves all new program proposals after they have been completed internal review.

(3)Teacher Education Executive Council. The Teacher Certification Program is administered through CEPS and the teacher education executive council. The provost/vice president for academic and student life in collaboration with CEPS dean appoints faculty to serve on the teacher education advisory council (which advises the teacher education executive council on program policies.

(4) Faculty. The teaching faculty collectively is the major force governing the curriculum of the university.

(5) Faculty Senate. The faculty senate acts on recommendations made by the faculty senate curriculum committee (FSCC) for:

(A) All curriculum policies, including revisions to, CWUP 5-50, and policy recommendations from university committees and offices concerned with the curriculum (e.g., general education committee, teacher education executive council, graduate council, career services, registrar services, deans’, associate provost’s and provost’s offices).

(B) New programs, new minors, new certificates, or new specializations within existing programs. 

(C) Programs which exceed upper credit limits or changes to existing programs that extend the number of credits required beyond the upper limits previously approved by the faculty senate. However, changes to existing programs that decrease or do not change the number of required credits do not require faculty senate approval. Bachelor of Arts approved for 75 credits. Bachelor of Science approved for 110 credits.

(D) Final approval for general education changes.

(E) Faculty senate is informed of program deletions.

(6) FSCC reports and makes recommendations to the faculty senate concerning the following:

(A) 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.

(B)  The committee screens curriculum proposals to assure their compliance with CWU Policies.

(C) The FSCC screens department/program catalog information to ensure its clarity, accuracy, and compliance with CWU policies.

(D) The FSCC is responsible for keeping CWUP 5-50 up to date. It is approved by the faculty senate and the university policy advisory council (UPAC).

(7) General Education Committee (see CWUP 5-100). The general education committee reports to the faculty senate and makes recommendations to the faculty senate on general education requirements.

(8) Graduate Council. The graduate council reviews all program proposals and revisions for graduate study and the dean 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.

[Responsibility: Faculty Senate; Authority: Provost/VP for Academic & Student Life; Reviewed/Endorsed by Provost’s Council 08/09/2016: Cabinet/UPAC; Review/Effective Date: 10/21/2016; 4/17/2019; Approved by: James L. Gaudino, President]

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