The curriculum is developed through the joint efforts of individuals and committees at the faculty, departmental, and administrative levels. All curriculum proposals are initially responsive to the University’s Mission and Objectives, and the physical and human resources currently and potentially available. Formative and summative evaluations of proposals occur at the planning, implementation, and review phases. Data for evaluation include student and faculty feedback, as well as academic and financial effectiveness. Curricular proposals are coordinated and evaluated by the faculty, approved by the Curriculum Committee and the Provost, and then presented to the President for approval. When required, such as in the case of new programs, the Board of Trustees should also approve proposals.
In addition to the above channels, the following curricular proposals require the approval of the Board of Trustees:
- Development of a new major;
- Offering of a new degree or certificate.