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(Adopted November 19, 1970)
Revised August, 2008
The name of this Faculty Senate standing committee shall be the Curriculum and Instruction Committee.
Section 1. The Committee shall be accountable to the Faculty Senate, as representative of the faculty which has primary responsibility for curriculum and instruction. All Curriculum Committee actions shall be communicated to the Provost on behalf of the Senate.
Section 2. The purposes of the Committee shall be to review, develop, and recommend policy and guidelines regarding curriculum to the Faculty Senate and approve or disapprove requests for new courses, course revisions, new programs, program revisions, major and sub-major academic programs, minors, concentrations, professional development certificates, and specializations.
Section 3. The objectives of the Committee shall be:
Section 4. The Committee shall not consider the availability of budgetary resources for any proposal or the methodology of teaching a course.
Section 5. In coordination with the Associate Vice Chancellor, the committee will review and make recommendations concerning the university's Curriculum Handbook.
Section 1. The members shall concern themselves with the Institutional Mission Statement, and shall be elected to provide a cross-section of the academic community of the University.
Section 2. The qualifications of the members of the Committee shall be:
Section 3a. The duties of the members of the Committee shall be:
Section 3b. The instructional resource representative to the committee is specifically charged with facilitating communication between the committee, proposers of curricular changes, and the instructional support units within the University Library and Instructional Technology Services.
Section 4. The members of the Committee shall consist of faculty, academic staff, and students:
Members elected from the colleges shall have an alternate elected in the same manner and for the same term as regular members to serve in the absence of the regular member.
Section 6. Terms of Office shall be as follows:
Section 7. Rotation of Membership
Section 1. The officers of the Committee shall be a Chair and Vice Chair.
Section 2. The Secretary shall be the Associate Vice Chancellor and shall serve as ex-officio, non-voting member of the Committee and liaison officer to the Provost.
Section 3. The Chair and the Vice Chair shall be elected by the Committee.
Section 4. The officers shall serve a term of one year and may be reelected.
Section 5. The election of officers shall be held at the September meeting.
Section 6. The Associate Vice Chancellor will conduct the election of officers.
Section 1. The Chair shall:
Section 2. The Vice Chair shall assume and perform the duties of the Chair in the absence or disability of the Chair.
Section 3. The Secretary shall:
Section 4. The secretary may delegate some of all of the responsibilities described in Section 3 of this article to an appropriate staff member who will serve as recording secretary.
Section 1. Regular meetings of the Committee shall be held monthly during the academic year and as needed during the summer session.
Section 2. Special meetings may be called by the Chair.
Section 3. The quorum shall consist of a majority of the voting members.
Section 4. The meetings shall be open.
Section 1. All procedures for recommendations shall be in accordance with the Curriculum Handbook approved by the Curriculum and Instruction Committee.
Section 2. The recommendations will only be considered at a meeting if the party submitting the material is present or represented by an alternate. At the discretion of the Chair, certain routine recommendations may be presented without representation.
Section 3. The proposer of a recommendation shall submit to the Associate Vice Chancellor the number of copies as specified by the Curriculum Handbook. The deadline for submission shall be stated in the notice of the meeting.
Section 4. It shall be permissible, in an emergency and at the request of the Provost, to circumvent the submission of materials. (A special course must still be approved by the Curriculum and Instruction Committee unless the deadline impedes its approval, in which case the Provost may authorize the course to be taught.)
Section 1. Recommendations for changes in the bylaws shall be distributed to members at least two weeks prior to consideration by the Committee.
Section 2. Recommendations to the Faculty Senate for changes in the bylaws shall be approved by a two-thirds majority of the voting members of the Committee.