The electronic course and program curriculum forms are available online at www.csulb.edu/divisions/aa/catalog/curr_handbook/curr_word_forms/ or may be obtained by departments from their college. The electronic forms are also available from the Curriculum Office. The forms are modified from time to time to reflect improvements suggested by users and changes in academic policy. If questions should arise concerning use of any form, call the Curriculum Office for information.
NOTE: New programs do not follow the curriculum certification process. For new programs, see Section 2, Program Development and Approval.
Curriculum development processes for courses and minor changes to program requirements take place throughout the academic year. College offices set due-dates for their departments and programs. All course and minor program change proposals are submitted to the Curriculum Office as indicated on the Curriculum Calendar (see Attachment 4.1).
Following the conclusion of the curriculum review processes in the departments and colleges, the Associate Deans for Curriculum will prepare and forward all hard copy proposals and electronic (MSWord) files to the Curriculum Office. Course outlines are filed in college offices and sent to the Curriculum Office and other departments only when specifically requested in a challenge proceeding or as needed for articulation agreements. Roadmaps are forwarded to the Curriculum Office for those program changes that necessitate a revision.
All individual colleges' proposals are assembled into a document called a "Notice of Proposed Curriculum," which is distributed via email to all colleges, departments and programs for faculty review. The Notice serves to notify all offices of the intent to offer courses and to modify curriculum.
Some departments that do not offer a graduate degree program have been authorized to offer a small number of graduate-level courses, primarily as service to other graduate degree programs. Prior to offering, each of these courses must be approved by the appropriate person in the Office of the Provost following the normal remonstrance period for new courses.
Fifteen working days are provided for any office to challenge a proposal on the grounds of "unnecessary duplication" (see Policy Statement 80-11, Attachment 4.4). Questions about proposals on any other grounds must clearly specify the standard or condition upon which the challenge is based. The challenge period is the second, third, and fourth weeks of November for the Fall Curriculum Cycle.
A department cannot challenge another department within the same college.
Steps to follow in a challenge:
If a challenge is resolved, a special certification will be created becoming effective the following semester.
Following the challenge period, the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies will attest to the fact that the unchallenged courses have survived the challenge period by issuing a formal certification. Certifications authorize changes to the University Catalog, the online Schedule of Classes, Active Course Report, and all other academic publications of the University, including departmental and program brochures. It is recommended that departments post and maintain a continuous file of those certifications that affect their own programs.
New Honors-specific courses and the management and staffing of the senior Thesis/Project, must be approved by:
The curriculum form to be used for proposed honors courses may be viewed here.
New Honors courses do not go through the 15-day challenge period but will appear in the next formal certification to facilitate data entry.
NOTE: Once an Honors course has been approved, if any revisions are necessary, it goes through the normal campus curriculum process.
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