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Curriculum and Course Development Policy

Curriculum and Course Development Policy

Authority: 
Academic and Student Affairs
Date enacted or revised: 
Enacted March 6, 2006; Rev August 10, 2015

Purpose

This policy serves as the procedure by which courses and curriculum are altered, added, or deleted. These procedures are compliant with SACS COC Comprehensive Standards 3.4.1 (Academic Program Approval) and 3.4.10 (Responsibility for Curriculum) as well as Louisiana Board of Regents Academic Affairs Policies 2.08 (Institutional Requests for Revision or Elimination of Existing Academic Programs and Administrative Units) and 2.04 (Letters of Intent for Projected New Programs).

Procedures

Curricula additions, alterations, and deletions are developed by faculty using information from course evaluations and academic program reviews. The following campus groups are involved in the review process as described below: department/college committees, the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, University Curriculum Committee or the Graduate Council, and the Academic Advisory Council. The University of Louisiana System and the Louisiana Board of Regents have final authority for adding or deleting academic programs.

Curriculum Addition (Online and In-Person)
  1. The following forms should be completed:
  2. Documents will be submitted to the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness where they will be evaluated for completion and clarity.
  3. Documents will be submitted to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee or Graduate Council for evaluation.
  4. If approved, documents will be submitted to the Academic Advisory Council for evaluation.
  5. If approved, appropriate documentation will be sent to the University of Louisiana System office for evaluation. The UL System will send approved documents to the Louisiana Board of Regents for approval.
  6. If approved, additions will be completed in the appropriate Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.
  7. If necessary, appropriate documentation will be submitted to SACSCOC.

Curriculum Deletion
  1. The following forms should be completed:
  2. Documents will be submitted to the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness where they will be evaluated for completion and clarity.
  3. Documents will be submitted to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee or Graduate Council for evaluation.
  4. If approved, documents will be submitted to the Academic Advisory Committee for evaluation.
  5. If approved, appropriate documentation will be sent to the University of Louisiana System office for evaluation. The UL System will send approved documents to the Louisiana Board of Regents for approval.
  6. If approved, deletions will be completed in the Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.
  7. If approved and if necessary, appropriate documentation will be submitted to SACSCOC for evaluation.

Curriculum Alteration
  1. The following forms should be completed:
  1. Documents will be submitted to the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness where they will be evaluated for completion and clarity.
  1. Documents will be submitted to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee or Graduate Council for evaluation.
  2. If approved, documents will be submitted to the Academic Advisory Council for evaluation.
  3. If approved, appropriate documentation for programs in the College of Education will be sent to the Louisiana Department of Education, for evaluation.
If approved, additions will be completed in the Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.

Curriculum Alteration to Provide Program Online
  1. The following forms should be completed:
  2. Documents will be submitted to the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness where they will be evaluated for completion and clarity.
  3. Documents will be submitted to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee or Graduate Council for evaluation.
  4. If approved, documents will be submitted to the Academic Advisory Council for evaluation.
  5. If approved, appropriate documentation will be sent to the University of Louisiana System office for evaluation. The UL System will send approved documents to the Louisiana Board of Regents for approval.
  6. Appropriate documentation will be submitted to SACSCOC.
  7. If approved, additions will be completed in the appropriate Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.

Course Addition (General and Writing Enriched)

  1. Course Addition/Deletion/Alteration form will be carefully completed and signed by the Dean and Undergraduate Curriculum Council (UCC) or Graduate Council (GC) member.
  2. Documents will be submitted to the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness where they will be evaluated for completion and clarity.
  3. Documents will be submitted to the UCC or GC for evaluation.
  4. If approved, documents will be signed by the UCC or GC chair.
  5. Documents will be submitted to Academic Advisory Council for evaluation.
  6. Additions will be made to the Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.

Course Addition as Service Learning

  1. Course Addition/Deletion/Alteration form will be carefully completed and signed by Dean and University Curriculum Committee (UCC) or Graduate Council (GC) member.
  2. Documents will be submitted to the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness where they will be evaluated for completion and clarity.
  3. Documents will be submitted to the Service Learning Committee for evaluation.
  4. If approved, documentation will be signed by the Service Learning Coordinator.
  5. Documents will be submitted to the UCC or GC for evaluation.
  6. If approved, documents will be signed by the UCC or GC chair.
  7. Documents will be submitted to Academic Advisory Council.
  8. If approved, additions will be made to the Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.

Course Addition as General Education Course
  1. Course Addition/Deletion/Alteration form will be carefully completed and signed by the Dean and University Curriculum Committee (UCC) member.
  2. Documents will be submitted to the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness where they will be evaluated for completion and clarity.
  3. Document will be submitted to the General Education Advisory Council (GEAC) for evaluation.
  4. If approved, documentation will be signed by the GEAC Chair.
  5. Documents will be submitted to the UCC for evaluation.
  6. If approved, documents will be signed by the UCC Chair.
  7. Documents will be submitted to Academic Advisory Council.
  8. If approved, additions will be made to the Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.

Course Deletion
  1. Course Addition/Deletion/Alteration form will be carefully completed and signed by the Dean and Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC) or Graduate Council (GC) member.
  2. Documents will be submitted to the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness where they will be evaluated for completion and clarity.
  3. Documentation will be submitted to the UCC or GC for evaluation.
  4. If approved, documentation will be signed by the UCC or GC chair.
  5. Documentation will be submitted to Academic Advisory Council for evaluation.
  6. If approved, deletion will be made to the Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.

Course Alteration
  1. Course Addition/Deletion/Alteration form will be carefully completed and signed by the Dean and Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC) or Graduate Council (GC) member.
  2. Documents will be submitted to the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness where they will be evaluated for completion and clarity.
  3. Documents will be submitted to UCC or GC for evaluation.
  4. If approved, documentation will be signed by the UCC or GC chair.
  5. Documentation will be submitted to the Academic Advisory Council for evaluation.
  6. If approved, alteration will be made to the Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.
 
Communication: Changes to this process will be announced to the Academic Advisory Council, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Graduate Council, General Education Advisory Council, Service Learning Committee, and the University Listserv.
 
Additional Resources: Curriculum Requirements; Course Requirements