Faculty are the guardians of the curriculum and, as such, the Curriculum Committee has the responsibility to oversee curricular requests not just from our departments/centers, but from every other unit at the University. Every curricular proposal begins and ends with faculty oversight. There are opportunities for experimental courses and valuable resources to support curriculum development.
- Beginning the Curricular Process
The process begins with faculty wishing to modify the current curriculum in some manner.
The first step is for curriculum forms to be completed by the department and submitted to the Curriculum Committee.
Curriculum forms and information are available at the Faculty Senate website.
- Continuing the Curricular Process
Once the committee approves a submission:
- The Associate Dean, who acts as a liaison to the Committee, reviews the submissions, makes any necessary changes, approves them on the Dean’s behalf, and forwards them to the Faculty Senate.
- The Faculty Senate prepares the submissions for publication in the University Curriculum Committee Bulletin.
- The Graduate and Undergraduate Councils review program submissions.
- The University Curriculum Committee reviews new course proposals, course change/deletions, and program proposals. Some program requests require a hearing.
- Approved submissions are forwarded to the Faculty Senate.
- The chairs of the University Curriculum Committee and the two councils sign the forms.
- On the floor of the Faculty Senate, the chair of the University Curriculum Committee presents a motion to approve all items on a specific bulletin. Although usually the Senate approves the bulletin as a whole, senators may question any item being presented.
- After the senators approve the motion, the chair of the Faculty Senate signs the forms on behalf of the Senate.
The forms are reviewed by the Provost’s Office. Those approved are sent to the Registrar’s Office for processing:
- The new course proposals are sent to Tallahassee where they are forwarded to the faculty discipline representative who will assign the course a number. Once we receive a new number, a copy of the course proposal with the new number written in is sent to the department.
- Course change/deletions are processed internally.
- Program changes are recorded.
- When the new programs are assigned a code, the Registrar’s Office notifies the dean’s office and the department chair.
- All changes are made to catalog.
All proposals will go through one or more hearings during the Curriculum and Faculty Senate process prior to final approval. Please refer to the grids below to find out which hearings will be required for your proposal. Note exempt cases listed below the grids.
UNDERGRADUATE Curriculum Undergrad Council Grad Council GLCOC UCCOC New Minors X New Undergraduate Tracks X X New Undergraduate Degrees X X New Undergraduate Policies X New Undergraduate Majors X X GRADUATE Curriculum Undergrad Council Grad Council GLCOC UCCOC New Graduate Degree Tracks X X New Graduate Degrees X X New Graduate Policies X New Graduate Major X X Unit Specific Admission Requirement X OTHER Curriculum Undergrad Council Grad Council GLCOC UCCOC Global Learning Designation X University Core Curriculum X
The following proposals DO NOT require a Curriculum, Undergrad, Grad, GLCOC, or UCCOC hearing: Accelerated Degrees (Bachelors, Masters, 4+1); Changes to Programs; Combined Degrees; New Certificates/Changes to Certificates; Course Changes; New Courses; and, New Degree Designations. Please note that the Faculty Senate may request a hearing for your proposal if more information is required.
CASE Curriculum Committee
- Curriculum Committee 2021-2022
Curriculum Committee 2021-2022 (Updated 6/16/2021)
Department Committee Member Committee Chair Patricia Houle Committee Vice Chair Kenton Harris Biology Maureen Walter Chemistry Jeff Joens Counseling, Recreation and School Psychology Mido Chang Earth and Environment Patricia Houle Educational Policy Studies Martha Meyer English Michael Creeden Liberal Studies Wanda Raiford Math and Statistics Mirroslav Yotov Philosophy Kenton Harris Physics Rajamani Narayanan Psychology Rachel Ritchie Teaching and Learning Melanie Morales Women’s Studies Michaela Moura-Kocoglu
- Committee Responsibilities
The Arts, Sciences, and Education Curriculum Committee (ASECC) meets six times a year. Prior to meeting the agenda and proposals will be posted on the ASECC website. The committee members will elect a chair and a vice chair at the first meeting. The chair will also serve as the College representative to the University Curriculum Committee. The vice chair will serve as chair whenever the chair is absent. The chair’s and vice chair’s terms are for that academic year.
Members should familiarize themselves with the proposals, particularly those of their own departments. If a member has questions about the submission from another department s/he should be ready to present the questions/concerns when the submission is brought up for discussion. At the meeting, someone from the submitting department will describe the proposal and explain why it is needed. The committee members will have the opportunity to ask questions, make suggestions, and/or raise objections. After a short discussion period, a vote will be taken. If the submission passes by a simple majority it will be considered approved.
The most effective departmental representative is the one who works closely with the appropriate members of the department in the process of creating the submission. That way, the representative, armed with information about the process learned from the meetings, can make sure that submission is as correct as possible and addresses issues of concern to the committee.
Sometimes the members of the committee will approve a submission pending requested changes or additional information. The departmental representative is responsible to convey that information to the appropriate colleagues so that the changes required by the committee are made. Any changes or additional information required must be submitted to the Dean’s Office by the Friday following the Arts and Sciences curriculum committee meeting. The Dean’s Office will not review any submissions that do not meet the conditions set by the committee.
Here are some of the recurring questions with submissions:
- Overlap – the material overlaps with that studied in another discipline. At the meeting, the representative of the other notices that overlap and the lack of consultation (there is no letter from the chair) and requests such a letter
- Incomplete submissions – important information is missing. Submissions should be checked to ensure that all the required information is included.
The committee member is responsible for reviewing the submission and evaluating its value to the curriculum. The Dean’s Office will review the submissions for errors and inconsistencies.
At the end of the academic year, if the member is not continuing as departmental representative, s/he should make the effort to contact the new representative and share information about the committee and the curricular process that will help the new departmental representative be a more effective member.
- Curriculum Committee Meetings 2021-2022
*Bulletin #3 is the deadline for materials to be submitted and approved for inclusion in the 2022-23 catalogs and the 2022-23 undergraduate Major Maps.
**Wednesday, November 3, 2021 (Bulletin #3), will be the deadline to submit all curriculum proposals to the CASE Curriculum Committee. The deadline was brought forward by thirty (30) days, with the consent of the Curriculum Committee, to give departments ample time to make any corrections to proposals that are sent back for revision by the Dean's Office. Please note that no proposals will be accepted after the aforementioned deadline.
Changes to a course prefix, number, credit hours, title description, or prerequisite, MUST have a current syllabus attached to justify the change. New course proposals MUST be submitted with a proposed syllabus which includes learning outcomes, major topics and textbooks.
Experimental courses must be submitted to the Dean's Office for experimental course numbering, Dean's signature and approval. The Registrar’s Office will not repeat an experimental course unless there are extenuating circumstances, e.g., a permanent number for the previously submitted and approved non-experimental course has not been received.
All Other Proposals
Proposals MUST include a completed proposal checklist available from the curriculum forms page on the Faculty Senate webpage. Please note the faculty contact submitting the proposal MUST be present at the hearing for the respective bulletin, if applicable. The listing of applicable hearings and respective additional parties required are as follows: Joint Hearings is defined as Undergraduate Council & University Curriculum Committee and/or Graduate Council & University Curriculum Committee. The proposals that require joint hearings are: NEW Undergraduate Degree Programs, NEW Majors, NEW Tracks, NEW Graduate Degree Programs. NEW Undergraduate Minors only require the presence of Undergraduate Council. NEW Certificate programs, CHANGES to any program/major/track, etc., and Course Proposals do not require a hearing.
The Curriculum Committee, Undergraduate and Graduate Councils do not meet during the summer. All new tracks, certificates, new degree proposals and graduate unit specific admission standards must be received in time for Bulletin #5 (see above) or they will be postponed until the first bulletin, Fall 2023. Curriculum information, checklists and signature sheets may be found online.
If you have any questions concerning Grad/Undergrad Councils or the Faculty Senate, please email Mary Cossio.
- Online Courses
FIU Online provides pedagogical and technological tools as well as training for online professors to make curriculum accessible, engaging and effective for your students.
The process of a course proposal, approval and implementation take about 2-3 business weeks. In the request form, be sure to include your department chair's email in the Supervisor Email space, so that they can get a copy of the request.
- Faculty submits
- CASE conducts enrollment analysis
- CASE conducts
- FIU Online assigns Instructional Designer (ID)
- Faculty and ID Designer design course shell and content
Here are resources that will help guide you through the process.
If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Sanchez in the CASE Dean's Office.
- Faculty submits
- Experimental Courses
Experimental courses are those that are offered on a trial basis, often prior to submitting the course for permanent status. Courses may be offered as experimental only once. Offering an experimental course more than once requires permission from the Graduate or Undergraduate Dean.
Procedure for Requesting an Experimental Course
- Requests for experimental courses require that the completion of a New Course Proposal Form. On the top right-hand corner, write in EXPERIMENTAL and the semester and the year when the course will be offered (e.g. FALL 2008).
- Department must submit the original and 2 copies as well as a copy of the syllabus to the Dean’s Office. The College will assign a number and forward the form to the Registrar’s Office. Until the number has been added to the master catalog by the Registrar, the course may not be added to the schedule. If the screens are open, then the course may be inputted by the department; if they are closed, then a request to add a course must be submitted.
- Department may offer no more than 3 experimental courses each semester. Requests to offer an experimental course a second time must be accompanied by “Memorandum of Justification”.
- Submission is due at least 2 weeks prior to the opening of the scheduling screens. If the request is to offer the course a second time, the request should arrive in the Dean’s Office 4-6 weeks prior to the opening of the screens.
- Global Learning Courses
Global Learning courses are interdisciplinary and part of undergraduate education.
- Gordon Rule Courses
The Gordon Rule aims to improve the critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication of students, especially through writing.
What we teach and how we do so shapes how students learn and use their knowledge. FIU provides several resources to help educators provide the best curriculum possible.