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2:001 Curricular Development and Modification Approval

 

Austin Peay State
University
Curricular Development and Modification Approval


POLICIES

Issued: 

 April 20, 2017

Responsible Official: 

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Responsible Office: 

Academic Affairs

 

 


Policy Statement


It is the policy of Austin Peay State University that:

1.Each department shall have a curriculum committee of its choosing to act on curricular matters for the department.

2. Curricular recommendations shall have been approved by the department Chair in order to be forwarded to the college curriculum committee.

3. Each college, and the graduate school, shall have a curriculum committee of its own choosing.

4. The University Curriculum Committee acts on curriculum proposals from the colleges as well as university-wide curriculum changes and admissions, progression, and graduation requirements. 


Purpose


The purpose of this policy is to establish the steps in the course and program development and modification approval process and other curricular changes.


Procedures


 
  1. Recommendations for curricular change ordinarily are initiated by a departmental curriculum committee. Faculty members desiring to initiate proposals for curricular change should submit such proposals to their departmental committee. Additionally, the University Curriculum Committee, the appropriate dean, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, or the President may make recommendations to departmental committees.
  2. Curricular changes recommended by a departmental committee shall be forwarded to the appropriate college dean for presentation to the college curriculum committee for action.
  3. College curricular recommendations shall be presented to the dean of the college for action.  (The college curriculum committee forwards proposals involving teacher certification after action to the Council for Teacher Education. Council for Teacher Education forwards its recommendations to the dean of the appropriate college.)
  4. Course and program development and modifications shall follow the procedures outlined below:
    1. The dean of a college presents to the University Curriculum Committee approved course and program changes (Exception: proposals involving graduate programs go from the dean to the Graduate and Research Council for its action and then to the University Curriculum Committee.)
    2. Graduate course and program approvals are acted upon by the Graduate and Research Council upon receipt from the appropriate college dean.
    3. University Curriculum Committee receives and acts on all course and program changes after their approval by the appropriate college committee and dean.
    4. Course and program changes that require approval by the University Curriculum Committee include but are not limited to:
      1. Modification to university admission, progression and graduation requirements
      2. new courses
      3. change to existing course rubric, content, credit hours, prerequisites, and other course modifications*
      4. termination of courses
      5. name change of existing academic major, minor, concentration, or other program
      6. change (increase or decrease) in the number of hours of an existing academic program
      7. modification of program admission, progression and graduation requirements, including any program curriculum requirements
      8. change or add a program degree designation (such as B.A. to B.F.A.) if the change requires THEC approval
      9. extension of an existing academic program to an approved off-campus center or instructional site,
      10. change of the primary delivery mode for an existing academic program
      11. new degree programs (majors)
      12. new certificate programs,
      13. new concentrations or minors (or similar)
      14. inactivation of an existing academic major, minor, concentration, or certificate
      15. reactivation of an existing academic major, minor, concentration, or certificate that was placed on inactivation within the past three years
      16. termination of majors, minors and concentrations (either at the end of the 3-year inactivation period or an immediate termination),
      17. conversion of existing concentration to a stand-alone major,
      18. consolidation of two or more existing academic programs into a single academic program,
      19. new or renaming of an academic unit that awards credit (division, college, school, or department), and
      20. any (minor and significant) reorganization of academic units that award credit (such as moving a department from one college to another college)

        *Some minor course modifications may not require approval of the University Curriculum Committee. Minor course changes can be approved by an abbreviated process (department curriculum committee, department chair, college curriculum committee, dean, and Provost)
    5. University Curriculum Committee forwards its recommendation to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for action. Vice Presidential actions are subject to review by the President.
    6. Some program changes require approval of the APSU Board of Trustees, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and/or SACSCOC approval prior to implementation.
    7. Curricular and program changes that require APSU Board of Trustees approval include
      1. University admission, progression and graduation requirements, (this does not include changes to program-specific admission, progression, and graduation requirements)
      2. new degree programs (majors),
      3. new certificate programs,
      4. termination of majors, minors, concentrations and certificates (either at the end of the 3-year inactivation period or an immediate termination),
      5. conversion of existing concentration to a stand-alone major,
      6. consolidation of two or more existing academic programs into a single academic program,
      7. change or add a program degree designation (such as B.A. to B.F.A.) if the change requires THEC approval and
      8. new academic unit that awards credit (division, college, school, or department)
      9. “Significant” reorganization of academic units that award credit. Significant reorganization includes one or more of the following criteria:
      10. Net increase in the number of academic units
      11. Existing academic unit will be placed at a higher organizational level
      12. Additional costs incurred (such as adding an additional chairperson or administrative assistant)
      13. Significant change in the activity of the academic unit with or without a name change.
    8. Program changes that require THEC approval include
      1. new degree programs (majors),
      2. new certificate programs in excess of 24 credit hours,
      3. conversion of existing concentrations to a stand-alone major, and
      4. change or add a program degree designation if deemed by THEC staff to require THEC approval
      5. new academic unit that awards credit (division, college, school, or department)
      6. “Significant” reorganization of academic units that award credit. Significant reorganization includes one or more of the following criteria:
        1. Net increase in the number of academic units
        2. Existing academic unit will be placed at a higher organizational level
        3. Additional costs incurred (such as adding an additional chairperson or administrative assistant)
  5. Termination of a major, minor, or concentration must include a teach-out plan per SACSCOC Substantive Change policy. 
  6. Notification of actions of the several committees and offices shall be sent to the constituency from which the proposal came, and such others as are deemed appropriate.

Revision Dates


APSU Policy 2:001 – Rev.: April 20, 2017
APSU Policy 2:001 – Rev.: September 6, 2001
APSU Policy 2:001 – Rev.: August 1, 1986
APSU Policy 2:001 – Issued: April 25, 1983


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Approved


President: signature on file