Curriculum Proposal - New or Modification
A new curriculum is a planned course of study leading to a degree or certificate which is not presently offered as part of the College’s day or evening programs.
A modification to an existing curriculum is a major revision in the curriculum which necessitates notice to, approval from, and revised registration by the State University of New York and/or the New York State Education Department. Examples include curriculum title change, degree designation change, restructuring of the curriculum, etc.
Suggestions for new curricula or modifications of existing curricula may be initiated by individual faculty members, administrators, student groups, advisory committees, or non-college parties.
All curricular initiatives, including program proposals, must be approved by the appropriate academic unit, as determined by the faculty within the School, prior to transmittal to the Curriculum Committee.
The fully developed new curriculum proposal will be prepared in compliance with guidelines established by the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department.
The following procedures must be followed in the initiation of a new curriculum proposal or modification using the New Curriculum Proposal or Modifications cover sheet.
- The School Dean and the individual representing the academic unit initiating the suggestion for a new curriculum or modification will consult the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs for preliminary approval.
- In the event that the proposed curriculum is not within the jurisdiction of existing divisions, an outline must be submitted to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. In this case, the Provost will assign the responsibility for preparing the proposal to an appropriate individual.
- Following this preliminary approval, a copy of the Program Announcement will be sent to the Curriculum Committee for information. The Program Announcement will be forwarded to the Faculty Affairs Committee; and then, it will be sent on to Faculty Assembly for information purposes.
- When the written program proposal is completed and after approval by the appropriate academic unit, it must then be submitted to the School Dean.
- After appropriate consultation with Schools as indicated by completion of the New Curriculum Proposal and Modifications cover sheet, submit the program proposal to the Curriculum Committee. The Curriculum Committee recommendation will be transmitted to the Faculty Affairs Committee. The complete proposal along with all comments and/or recommendations that are attached to the cover sheet will accompany the recommendation.
- The Faculty Affairs Committee will submit the complete proposal along with all comments and/or recommendations that are attached to the Faculty Assembly for action, or return it to the Curriculum Committee for instructions. If the proposal is submitted to the Faculty Assembly and it is approved, it is then transmitted to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. If the proposal is rejected, it is returned to the Faculty Affairs Committee with instructions.
- The Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs will review the proposal along with all of the comments and/or recommendations, and make a recommendation to the President.
The President will review the proposed changes and recommendation of the Provost. If approved, the President will notify the Presiding Officer of the Faculty, Vice Presidents, Dean of Students, Assistant Vice President for IT and Chief Information Officer, Deans, Assistant Registrar, Faculty Senator, Director of Facilities, Chair of Curriculum Committee, Executive Director of College Association, Chief of University Police, Director of Human Resources, Registrar, Director of Athletics, Public Relations Staff, Director of Institutional Research, Executive Director for University Relations, and Director of Advising and First Year Programs.
- If rejected, the President will return it to the Presiding Officer of the Faculty.
- The President will review and transmit the proposal to the College Council for its approval.
- In the event that either the President or the College Council rejects the proposal, it will be returned to the Faculty Affairs Committee with instructions.
- If the College Council approves the proposed new curriculum or modifications, the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs will submit the proposal to the State University of New York System Administration for final approval.
- The final decision will be reported through available channels to the college community by the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs who will be responsible for implementation of the decision.