Criteria for Evaluation of Proposals

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

Approved by Faculty Senate 4/24/03

There are four hierarchies of criteria, numbered 1 to 4 below, in decreasing order of importance.

1.   Needs of Students and Society

(a)  The new or revised course should not duplicate curriculum already available in the department. 

(b)  If the new or revised course overlaps substantially with courses in other departments, those departments should be consulted as to enrollment restrictions and the feasibility of cross listing, and the UCC shall mediate as needed. 

(c)  The new course or program should satisfy an identifiable need demonstrably within the mission of the University.

(d)  What will be the clientele of the new program or course, and how many students is it projected to serve?

(e)  Is the proposed course to be a requirement in major or minor programs?

(f)   Is the course endorsed or required by other departments?

2.   Quality

(a)  The new or revised course or program should be well conceived and well organized.

(b)  The new or revised course or program should be current and up to date.

(c)  The level of rigor should meet current standards for a university course or program.

(d)  The new or revised course should have appropriate prerequisites.

3.   Ability of the Department and College to meet resource needs

(a) The department must have sufficient expertise for the new course or program or to make the proposed changes in an existing course or program. 

(b)  Are there enough faculty in the department to support the new course or program?

4.   Record Keeping

(a)  Are credit numbers correct?

(b)  The course or program description should be clear and accurate, and programs should not have hidden requirements.

(c)  The instruction pattern should be appropriate and accurately described.

(d)  A course number should be consistent with the level of work required in the course.