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  • Criteria for Evaluation of Proposals

    Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

    UCC will consider new and revised course proposals with the following criteria in mind, in decreasing order of importance. Department representatives submitting proposals should be prepared to answer questions concerning these issues, and present/discuss evidence of fulfilling these requirements.

    1. Needs of Students and Society
      1. The new course, program or revision should satisfy an identifiable need within the mission of the University.
      2. The new or revised course should not duplicate curriculum already available in the department. 
      3. For new course proposals that may have overlap with courses in other departments, evidence should be presented that those departments have been contacted and that the overlap is minimal or that the perspective is significantly different to merit a new course.  Departments may want to consider enrollment restrictions and the feasibility of course cross listing.  Course revisions that may result in significant overlap with courses in other departments should be accompanied by similar evidence.
      4. The clientele of the program or course should be carefully considered and include sufficient enrollment to merit the use of necessary resources.
      5. The role of the course or program should be carefully considered, including requirement in major or minor programs within and external to the department.  If the course will significantly impact other departments or programs, submitters are encouraged to include evidence of communication with the other programs/departments.
    2. Quality
      1. The new course/program or revision should be well conceived and well organized.  Revisions resulting in substantial changes to course content or new course proposals should include a sufficient outline of the course material and pattern to demonstrate these requirements.
      2. The level of rigor should meet current standards for a university course or program, and the number of credits awarded should be reflective of the amount of work required in the course.
      3. The new or revised course should have appropriate prerequisites.
    3. Ability of the Department and College to meet resource needs

      While UCC recognizes that a signature on the LX form certifies the Dean's willingness to support a course or program, there are course design issues that can significantly impact the quality of a course offering and the experience for the students. Therefore, submitters may be asked to discuss the following:

      1. The department must have sufficient faculty/staff expertise for the new course or program or to make the proposed changes in an existing course or program. 
      2. The department must have sufficient faculty/staff resources for the new course or program or to make the proposed changes in an existing course or program. Departments submitting multiple proposals for new courses should consider whether there are infrequently offered courses that could be deleted.
      3. The support infrastructure must be adequate (sufficient laboratory facilities, sufficient library resources, availability of required internships, etc.) to offer the course/program in the long term.
    4. Record Keeping
      1. The course number should be consistent with the level of work required in the course.
      2. The course or program description should be clear and accurate, and programs should not have hidden requirements.
      3. The instruction pattern should be appropriate and accurately described.

    Questions involving course and/or program revisions will generally be limited to those sections of the LX form that are marked for revision. However, presenters should give consideration to how the proposed changes may impact the other aspects of the course or program that have not been selected for revision, and be prepared to address questions from UCC members as necessary. 

    Very minor changes may be handled through the Consent Agenda, which is presented to UCC members for expedited approval. However, any UCC member may pull any item from the consent agenda and request a full first reading for the next meeting. Generally only minor changes will be considered as possibilities for a consent agenda item.

    1. Reasonable items for consideration on the consent agenda: 
      • Changes in semester offered
      • Course deletions
      • Changes in prerequisites within the proposing department
    2. Possible items for consideration on the consent agenda:  Proposers may request these items to appear on the consent agenda if they feel the changes are trivial. 
      • Course number
      • Changes in course description
      • Changes in course title
      • Changes in number of credits