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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; Revised August 10, 2015; Revised February 15, 2016; Revised May 16, 2016; Revised July 2016


Purpose

This policy serves as to describe the procedure by which courses and curriculum are altered, added, or deleted. These procedures are compliant with SACSCOC Comprehensive Standards 3.4.1 Academic Program Approval and 3.4.10 Responsibility for Curriculum as well as Louisiana Board of Regents (BOR) 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.

Curriculum Requirements

Note:  Regardless of instructional delivery format, all courses must comply with the McNeese State University Credit Hour Policy.

Associate Degrees must include:
  • 27 credit hours of prescribed General Education courses (see Academic Catalog and BOR Academic Affairs Policy 2.16 Statewide General Education Requirements)
  • 60 credit hours total (see BOR Academic Affairs Policy 2.15 Definitions of Undergraduate Degrees and Undergraduate/Graduate Certificates)
  • At least 15 credit hours must be in the major
  • At least 6 credit hours of designated Writing Enriched courses from the General Education Core Curriculum.
  • At least 3 credit hours of designated Writing Enriched courses within the major

Baccalaureate Degrees must include:
  • 39 credit hours of prescribed General Education courses (see Academic Catalog and BOR Academic Affairs Policy 2.16 Statewide General Education Requirements)
  • 120 credit hours total (see BOR Academic Affairs Policy 2.15 Definitions of Undergraduate Degrees and Undergraduate/Graduate Certificates)
  • At least 40 credit hours of 300/400 level coursework, 12 of which must be in the major
  • At least 12 credit hours of designated Writing Enriched courses from the General Education Core Curriculum.
  • At least 6 credit hours of designated Writing Enriched courses within the major
  • A designated Capstone experience course
  • At least 30 credit hours in the major (25% or more of total credit hours must be in the major)

Master’s Degrees must include:
  • At least 30 credit hours (SACSCOC Core Requirement 2.7.1)
  • Must be “progressively more advanced in academic content than undergraduate programs” (SACSCOC Comprehensive Standard 3.6.1)
  • At least 50% of the credit hours required (excluding Thesis hours) must be at the 600-level

Post-Baccalaureate Certificates must include:
  • At least 12 credit hours
  • Only undergraduate courses

Graduate and Post-Master’s Certificates must include:
  • At least 12 credit hours
  • Only graduate courses

Minors must include:
  • 18-27 credit hours total
  • 6 credit hours at 300/400 level

Course Requirements

General requirements:
  • Each lecture course must consist of 750 minutes of meeting time per credit hour.
  • Each lab course must consist of at least 1500 minutes of meeting time per credit hour.
  • Course numbers cannot be reused for 10 years.
  • A duplicate credit statement in the course description is required for courses with similar or identical content.
  • Regardless of instructional delivery each course must comply with the Credit Hour Policy

Internship courses must include:
  • 40 work hours per 1 credit hour
  • Statement about the number of required work hours in the course description and syllabus

Writing Enriched courses must include:
  • 20% of course grade from writing assignments
  • Writing proficiency as a student learning outcome
  • Syllabus statement directing students to the Write to Excellence Center

Service Learning courses must include:
  • A minimum of 20 hours of service for a 3 credit course
  • Students in service learning courses must be learning in the course, outside of the service experience. In short, there should be curriculum and instruction and learning objectives as part of the course to help the student fulfill the service obligation.

Capstone courses must:
  • Assess student competency in their major field
  • Assess General Education competency as determined by General Education Assessment Council

General Education courses must:
Assess one of the six General Education Learning Competencies
NOTE:  Regardless of instruction delivery format (face-to-face, online, condensed term, web hybrid, etc.) the course must comply with the Credit Hour Policy and have student learning objectives equivalent to the comparable traditional face-to-face instructional delivery for the course or similar course. 

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 should be submitted to the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness for evaluation of completion and clarity:
    1. Curriculum Development Form (signed by Department Head, Dean, and University Curriculum Committee/Graduate Council Member)
    2. Academic Program Master Plan Progress Report
    3. Louisiana Board of Regents Letter of Intent (without certifications)
    4. Louisiana Board of Regents Proposal
    5. If a new undergraduate curriculum, the appropriate curriculum map (Associate Curriculum Map or Bachelor Curriculum Map)
    6. Semester by semester course breakdown for layout in Academic Catalog
    7. Memo to be sent to other departments whose courses, degrees, or faculty would somehow be impacted by the new curriculum
    8. If appropriate, Louisiana Department of Education/BESE Proposal for Education Programs
  2. If appropriate, documents will be submitted to the Dean of the Burton College of Education for evaluation.
  3. Documents will be submitted to the University 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 University of Louisiana System will send approved documents to the Louisiana Board of Regents for approval.
  6. If approved and if necessary, appropriate documentation for education programs will be sent to the Louisiana Department of Education for evaluation.
  7. If approved, additions will be completed in the Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.
  8. If necessary, appropriate documentation will be submitted to SACSCOC.

Curriculum Deletion

  1. The following should be submitted to the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness for evaluation of completion and clarity:
    1. Curriculum Development Form (signed by Department Head, Dean, and University Curriculum Committee/Graduate Council Member)
    2. Louisiana Board of Regents Request to Terminate an Academic Degree Program or Administrative or Research Unit
    3. Memo to be sent to other departments whose courses, degrees, or faculty would somehow be impacted by the curriculum deletion
    4. If appropriate, Louisiana Department of Education/BESE Proposal for Education Programs
  2. If appropriate, documents will be submitted to the Dean of the Burton College of Education for evaluation.
  3. Documents will be submitted to the University 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 University of Louisiana System will send approved documents to the Louisiana Board of Regents for approval.
  6. If approved and if necessary, appropriate documentation for education programs will be sent to the Louisiana Department of Education for evaluation.
  7. If approved, deletions will be completed in the Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.
  8. If approved and if necessary, appropriate documentation will be submitted to SACSCOC for evaluation.

Curriculum Alteration

  1. The following should be submitted to the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness where they will be evaluated for completion and clarity:
    1. Curriculum Development Form (signed by Department Head, Dean, and University Curriculum Committee/Graduate Council Member)
    2. Current page in Academic Catalog with visible edits
    3. If an alteration to an undergraduate curriculum, the appropriate curriculum map (Associate Curriculum Map or Bachelor Curriculum Map)
    4. Memo to be sent to other departments whose courses, degrees, or faculty would somehow be impacted by the curriculum alteration
    5. If appropriate, Louisiana Department of Education/BESE Proposal for Education Programs
  2. If appropriate, documents will be submitted to the Dean of the Burton College of Education for evaluation.
  3. Documents will be submitted to the University Curriculum Committee or Graduate Council for evaluation.
  4. If approved, documents will be submitted to the Academic Advisory Council for evaluation.
  5.  If approved and if necessary, appropriate documentation for education programs will be sent to the Louisiana Department of Education for evaluation.
  6. If approved, alterations will be completed in the Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.

Curriculum Alteration to Provide Program Online

  1. The following should be submitted to the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness for evaluation of completion and clarity:
    1. Curriculum Development Form (signed by Department Head, Dean, and University Curriculum Committee/Graduate Council Member)
    2. If an alteration to an undergraduate curriculum, the appropriate curriculum map (Associate Curriculum Map or Bachelor Curriculum Map)
    3. Louisiana Board of Regents Distance Education Request Form (without certifications)
    4. Memo to be sent to other departments whose courses, degrees, or faculty would somehow be impacted by the curriculum alteration
  2. If appropriate, documents will be submitted to the Dean of the Burton College of Education for evaluation.
  3. Documents will be submitted to the University 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 University of Louisiana System will send approved documents to the Louisiana Board of Regents for approval.
  6. If approved, alterations will be completed in the Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.
 
Course Addition (General and Writing Enriched)

  1. The following should be submitted to the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness for evaluation of completion and clarity:
    1. Course Development Form (signed by Department Head, Dean, and University Curriculum Committee/Graduate Council Member)
    2. Syllabus for the new course that meets all requirements as stated in the University Syllabus Policy
    3. Memo to be sent to other departments whose courses, degrees, or faculty would somehow be impacted by the course addition
  2. Documents will be submitted to the University Curriculum Committee or Graduate Council for evaluation.
  3. If approved, documents will be submitted to the Academic Advisory Council for evaluation.
  4. If approved, addition will be completed in the Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.

Course Addition as Service Learning

  1. The following should be submitted to the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness for evaluation of completion and clarity:
    1. Course Development Form (signed by Department Head, Dean, and University Curriculum Committee/Graduate Council Member)
    2. Syllabus for the new course that meets all requirements as stated in the University Syllabus Policy
    3. Memo to be sent to other departments whose courses, degrees, or faculty would somehow be impacted by the course addition
  2. Documents will be submitted to the Service Learning Committee for evaluation.
  3. If approved, documents will be submitted to the University Curriculum Committee or Graduate Council for evaluation.
  4. If approved, documents will be submitted to the Academic Advisory Council.
  5. If approved, addition will be completed in the Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.

Course Addition as General Education Course

  1. The following should be submitted to the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness for evaluation of completion and clarity:
    1. Course Development Form (signed by Department Head, Dean, and University Curriculum Committee/Graduate Council Member)
    2. Syllabus for the new course that meets all requirements as stated in the University Syllabus Policy
    3. Memo to be sent to other departments whose courses, degrees, or faculty would somehow be impacted by the course addition
  2. Documents will be submitted to the General Education Assessment Council for evaluation.
  3. If approved, documents will be submitted to the University Curriculum Committee for evaluation.
  4. If approved, documents will be submitted to the Academic Advisory Council.
  5. If approved, addition will be completed in the Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.

Course Deletion

  1. The following should be submitted to the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness for evaluation of completion and clarity:
    1. Course Development Form (signed by Department Head, Dean, and University Curriculum Committee/Graduate Council Member)
    2. Memo to be sent to other departments whose courses, degrees, or faculty would somehow be impacted by the course deletion.
  2. Documents will be submitted to the University Curriculum Committee or Graduate Council for evaluation.
  3. If approved, documents will be submitted to Academic Advisory Council for evaluation.
  4. If approved, deletion will be completed in the Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.

Course Alteration

  1. The following should be submitted to the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness for evaluation of completion and clarity:
    1. Course Development Form (signed by Department Head, Dean, and University Curriculum Committee/Graduate Council Member)
    2. Syllabus that reflects the course alteration and meets all requirements as stated in the University Syllabus Policy
    3. Memo to be sent to other departments whose courses, degrees, or faculty would somehow be impacted by the course alteration
  2. Documents will be submitted to the University Curriculum Committee or Graduate Council for evaluation.
  3. If approved, documents will be submitted to the Academic Advisory Council for evaluation.
  4. If approved, alteration will be completed in the Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.

Communication
Changes to this process will be announced to the Academic Advisory Council, University Curriculum Committee, Graduate Council, General Education Assessment Council, Service Learning Committee, and the University Listserv.