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Curriculum Change Proposal Forms


Below you will find two kinds of proposal forms, the "EZ" and the full proposal form. I have also included a sheet that shows the criteria the Curriculum Council will be using to evaluate the proposal.

Briefly, these simpler curriculum change items that only require use of the EZ form are:

  • Correcting “curriculum” to match approved curriculum change
  • Changing course descriptions and names
  • Making courses inactive or reactivated
  • Making other editorial changes
  • Reducing the prerequisites

A full curriculum proposal to the Curriculum Council, etc. will be required for changes that involve:

  • New courses
  • Changes in credits or the level of a class (e.g. 300 level to 200 level)
  • Adding prerequisites
  • Course sequence being modified on current Major and Minor Requirement Sheets (e.g. what classes are required to graduate with that particular major)
  • New majors, minors, and certificates

Please contact me right away if you are thinking about proposing curriculum change or if you would like me to help correct curriculum "manifestations" in the online catalog, PeopleSoft, or major requirement sheets that do not accurately reflect approved curriculum. Once you have conceptual approval from your department and dean, my office can help to finalize your draft proposal to help make it well suited for its submission to the Curriculum Council and also, assuming it is approved, for its implementation.

Be sure that for all curriculum changes, even those using the EZ form, that the dean is part of the conversation and approves the change.

Full Proposal "Cheat Sheet" -- it can seem long, but the sections are simple:

1) Signature page -- make sure that you get a proposal number from my office and that you enter the vote tally from the faculty vote on the proposal.

2) Section 2 -- think of this as an executive summary.  A quick thesis and overview with a point by point summary of what is changing and why.  Charts and bullet points are very helpful. The office of the AAVP for Curriculum can help you develop or edit this.

3) Section 3 -- if you are changing the major requirements, this is where you put both old and new Major Requirement Sheets and also a sample Major Academic Plan.  My office can help with the draft MRS and your department's Academic Advisor will need to help with the sample MAP.  You will also want to show what the revised catalog page for the Department will look like with the new major requirements. Please note that any changes to the major that exceed 25% of the curriculum changing will require a substantive change proposal to WASC and can take up to six months to be processed.

4) Section 4 -- if you are proposing a new major or a new track for a current major you will need: (Please note that an application for a new major will require a substantive change proposal to WASC and can take up to six months to be processed.)

a) To show how the University's Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) and the department's Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) fit for the new major or emphasis area,

b) A Curriculum Matrix that shows how the Course Learning Objectives (CLOs) for classes you will be requiring will be aligned with the PLOs and ILOs,

c) Both old and new Major Requirement Sheets, and also 

d) A sample Major Academic Plan.  The office of the AAVP for Assessment and Accreditation can help with the alignment of ILOs - PLOs - CLOs.  My office can help with the draft MRS and your department's Academic Advisor will need to help with the MAP.  You will also want to show what the revised catalog page for the Department will look like with the new major requirements.

5) Section 5 -- if you are proposing a new course, this is where you put the sample syllabus and what the revised catalog page for Course Offerings will look like.

All of these details may seem overwhelming, but each have an important part to make sure that all of the information needed for evaluation and implementation is correct up front.  Thank you!

Feel free to reach me at rose.ram@byuh.edu