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University Course and Programs Committee

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The Committee on Courses and Programs reviews and makes recommendations to the Graduate Council and Faculty Senate for actions on proposals approved by a college or school for the following: 1) new courses; 2) changes in title, description, number, prerequisites, etc. of courses; 3) new undergraduate and graduate degree programs; and 4) modifications to degree programs. The committee is responsible for resolving questions concerning course numbering, course or program duplication, completeness of course or program revision forms, and other questions pertaining to course and program changes, including compliance with administrative guidelines implementing Board Policy.

Proposals made to this Committee will be collected by the Graduate School and distributed to the members prior to each meeting. A summary sheet listing all recommendations from the committee is distributed with the agenda to the Graduate Council and the Faculty Senate prior to the meetings at which they are reported. Proposals which affect graduate courses or programs will be approved by the Graduate Council prior to their recommendation to the Faculty Senate.

Voting committee membership consists of a representative with graduate faculty rank to be appointed by the dean of each undergraduate college or school, a representative with graduate faculty rank from each undergraduate college and school to be chosen from two unranked nominees elected by their respective faculty and appointed by the Chair of the Campus Faculty, a representative of the Graduate Council, a representative of the university libraries appointed by the Dean of Libraries, a representative of the School of Law chosen by the Dean of Law, a student member selected by the ASG procedures, and a student member selected by the Graduate Dean's Student Advisory Board, the chair of the Campus Faculty, the Vice Chair of the Faculty Senate, and the chair of the Graduate Council. In addition, one non-voting representative appointed by the Dean of the Division of Continuing Education will serve on the committee, and a representative from the Registrar's Office will meet with the committee to provide technical support. The committee elects its own chair.

Course Curriculum Deadlines

Once course change proposals have been approved by the individual academic colleges or schools, they must be reviewed by the University Committee on Courses and Programs before being forwarded to the Graduate Council (if graduate or dual credit courses) and/or the Faculty Senate. The Committee on Courses and Programs meets on the fourth Friday of each month, unless unusual circumstances require that the meeting be changed. In order for course change proposals to be reviewed in a given month, all materials must be received in the Graduate School by the second Friday of that month. In order to be included in the next year's catalogs, course changes must be fully approved by the first of March. All course changes must now be initiated on-line.