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Curriculum and Course Development Policy

Curriculum and Course Development Policy

Authority: 
Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management
Date enacted or revised: 
Enacted March 6, 2006; Revised August 10, 2015; February 15, 2016; May 16, 2016; July 2016; May 2017; February 2018; March 2018; July 2018; September 25, 2018

Purpose


This policy serves to describe the procedure by which courses and curriculum are altered, added, or deleted. These procedures are compliant with SACSCOC Standard 10.4 Academic Governance 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 (face-to-face, online, condensed term, web hybrid, etc.), all courses must comply with the Credit Hour Policy and have student learning outcomes equivalent to the comparable traditional face-to-face instructional delivery for the course or similar course.

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 in the major;
  • At least 6 credit hours of designated Writing Enriched courses from the General Education Core Curriculum; and
  • 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 30 credit hours in the major (at least 25% of the total credit hours 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; and
  • A designated Capstone experience course.

Master’s degrees must:

  • Include at least 30 credit hours (see SACSCOC Core Requirement 9.2 Program Length);
  • Require at least 50% of the total credit hours required (excluding thesis hours) at the 600-level; and
  • Must be “progressively more advanced in academic content than undergraduate programs and structured to include knowledge of the literature of the discipline and to ensure engagement in research and/or appropriate professional practice and training” (see SACSCOC Standard 9.6 Post-Baccalaureate Program Rigor & Curriculum);

Post-Baccalaureate Certificates must include:

  • At least 12 credit hours; and
  • Only undergraduate courses.

Graduate and Post-Master’s Certificates must:

  • Include at least 12 credit hours;
  • Include only graduate courses; and
  • Be progressively more advanced in academic content than undergraduate programs and structured to include knowledge of the literature of the discipline and to ensure engagement in research and/or appropriate professional practice and training (see SACSCOC Standard 9.6 Post-Baccalaureate Program Rigor & Curriculum).

Minors must include:

  • 18-27 credit hours total; and
  • At least 6 credit hours of 300/400-level coursework.

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.
  • Student learning outcomes (SLOs) should be consistent with the level of the course in terms of Bloom's Taxonomy.
  • Regardless of instructional delivery format (face-to-face, online, condensed term, web hybrid, etc.), all courses must comply with the Credit Hour Policy and have student learning outcomes equivalent to the comparable traditional face-to-face instructional delivery for the course or similar course.

Capstone courses must:

  • Assess student competency in their major field in such a way that creates an artifact of student learning that demonstrates mastery of academic program content; and
  • Assess a General Education competency as determined by the General Education Assessment Council.

General Education courses must:

  • Assess one of the six General Education learning competencies in such a way that creates an artifact of student learning that demonstrates achievement of the General Education competency; and
  • Include the following statement on the course syllabus: “This course has been designated as a General Education course and, as such, addresses students’ achievement of this general education competency: [state the General Education competency addressed in the course].”

Internship courses must include:

  • A minimum of 40 work hours per credit hour; and
  • A statement about the number of required work hours in the course description.

Navigate Your Future (NYF) Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) courses must:

  • Assess one of the two NYF student learning outcomes in such a way that creates an artifact of student learning that demonstrates achievement of the NYF outcome; and
  • Include the following statement on the course syllabus: “This course has been designated as a Navigate Your Future (NYF) course for the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan and, as such, addresses students’ achievement of this NYF outcome: [state the NYF outcome addressed in the course].”

Writing Enriched courses must include:

  • 20% of course grade from writing assignments;
  • Writing proficiency as a student learning outcome; and
  • The following statement on the course syllabus: “This course has been designated as a Writing Enriched course. Students are encouraged to visit the Write to Excellence Center (WTEC) in Drew Hall, Room 234. The WTEC provides writing support for students enrolled in any course at the University. Students may seek assistance from trained tutors at any point in the writing process. Students are asked to bring assignment instructions along with their work in progress. Appointments can be made at mcneese.mywconline.com.”

Procedures


Program and curricula creation, additions, alterations, and/or deletions are the responsibility of faculty. The process of effecting program and curricular change normally begins in a department, moves to the college, and then to the University before concluding, if necessary, with approval by the University of Louisiana System and/or the Louisiana Board of Regents.  The following matters bear special attention:
  • A curriculum committee at the department or college level must authorize program and curricula creation, additions, alterations, and/or deletions prior to seeking approval from the department head and dean.
  • Interdisciplinary programs and programs of broad scope may be initiated by other faculty bodies but in cases where a proposal involves a department’s academic discipline, departmental faculty shall be able to review and evaluate the proposal’s acceptability, with this review/evaluation being included in the proposal’s documentation as it moves through the curriculum process.
  • At all review levels in the curriculum process, changes to a proposal can only be made with the concurrence of the body that initiated the proposal.
  • At all review levels in the curriculum process, negative recommendations by an administrative body prevent a proposal from being forwarded to the next review level. 
  • The Faculty Senate will be notified of approvals to add a new academic degree or program or to close or terminate an academic degree or program before the proposal is forwarded to the University of Louisiana System and/or Board of Regents. 
  • In cases of financial exigency, the University will follow guidelines approved by the University of Louisiana System and the Louisiana Board of Regents.

New Curriculum (Distance Learning and Face-to-Face)

  1. If a new major or certificate, a Louisiana Board of Regents Letter of Intent (with certifications) should be submitted to the provost and vice president for academic affairs and enrollment management. (If not a new major or certificate, proceed to step #2.)
    1. The Letter of Intent will be submitted to the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors for review and approval.
    2. Once approved, it will be sent to the Louisiana Board of Regents, who will circulate the Letter of Intent to the Statewide Council of Chief Academic Officers for review and comment within 30 days.
    3. Within 60 days, the Letter of Intent will be scheduled for consideration by the Board of Regents. If approved, the program may proceed with the approval process below.
  1. A Curriculog proposal should be submitted with the following attachments:
    1. If a new concentration under an already existing program that will be provided via distance learning and the program has not already been approved to be offered via distance learning, the Louisiana Board of Regents Distance Education Request Form (without certifications);
    2. If a new major or certificate, Louisiana Board of Regents Proposal (Proposed New Degree Program or Proposed New Certificate Program); and/or
    3. Memo to be sent to other departments whose courses, degrees, or faculty would somehow be impacted by the new curriculum.
  2. Once the proposal has been launched, the steps to approval are as follows:
    1. Department Head
    2. Dean
    3. University Curriculum Committee or Graduate Council Representative
    4. Coordinator of Assessment and Curriculum Development/Institutional Effectiveness
    5. Burton College of Education Dean (if an education program)
    6. University Curriculum Committee or Graduate Council
    7. Academic Advisory Council
  3. If a new minor or concentration being offered face-to-face or via distance learning (only when its corresponding major has previously been approved to be offered via distance learning), the approved curriculum will be added to the Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.
  4. If a new concentration being provided via distance learning (when its corresponding major has previously been approved to be offered via distance learning) new major, or new certificate, the additional steps to approval are as follows:
    1. University of Louisiana System
    2. Louisiana Board of Regents
    3. Louisiana Department of Education Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (if an education program)
  5. If SACSCOC notification and/or approval is not required (see Substantive Change Reporting for SACSCOC Compliance policy), the approved curriculum will be added to the Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.
  6. If SACSCOC notification and/or approval is required, appropriate documentation will be submitted to SACSCOC. Once receipt of notification or approval has been received, the approved curriculum will be added to the Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.

Curriculum Alteration (Distance Learning and Face-to-Face)

  1. A Curriculog proposal should be submitted with the following attachments:
    1. If an alteration to provide an existing program via distance learning and the program has never been approved to be offered via distance learning, Louisiana Board of Regents Distance Education Request Form (without certifications); and/or
    2. Memo to be sent to other departments whose courses, degrees, or faculty would somehow be impacted by the curriculum alteration.
  2. Once the proposal has been launched, the steps to approval are as follows:
    1. Originator
    2. Department Head
    3. Dean
    4. University Curriculum Committee or Graduate Council Representative
    5. Coordinator of Assessment and Curriculum Development/Institutional Effectiveness
    6. Burton College of Education Dean (if an education program)
    7. University Curriculum Committee or Graduate Council
    8. Academic Advisory Council
  3. If state approval is not required (see #4), the approved curriculum will be revised in the Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.
  4. If an alteration to major or certificate name, credit hours awarded for successful completion of a program, to provide an existing program via distance learning, or to initiate programs/courses offered through contractual agreement or consortium, the additional steps to approval are as follows:
    1. University of Louisiana System
    2. Louisiana Board of Regents
    3. Louisiana Department of Education Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (if an education program)
  5. If SACSCOC notification and/or approval is not required (see Substantive Change Reporting for SACSCOC Compliance policy), the approved curriculum will be revised in the Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.
  6. If SACSCOC notification and/or approval is required, appropriate documentation will be submitted to SACSCOC. Once receipt of notification or approval has been received, the approved curriculum will be revised in the Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.

Curriculum Deletion

  1. A Curriculog proposal should be submitted with the following attachments:
    1. If a major or certificate, Louisiana Board of Regents Request to Terminate an Academic Degree Program or Administrative_Research Unit;
    2. If a major or certificate, teach-out plan that includes current enrollment in the program and an explanation of the provisions to ensure ample time for those students to graduate; and/or
    3. Memo to be sent to other departments whose courses, degrees, or faculty would somehow be impacted by the curriculum deletion.
  2. Once the proposal has been launched, the steps to approval are as follows:
    1. Department Head
    2. Dean
    3. University Curriculum Committee or Graduate Council Representative
    4. Coordinator of Assessment and Curriculum Development
    5. Burton College of Education Dean (if an education program)
    6. University Curriculum Committee or Graduate Council
    7. Academic Advisory Council
  3. If only a deletion of a concentration or minor, the curriculum will be removed from the Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.
  4. If a major or certificate, the additional steps to approval are as follows:
    1. University of Louisiana System
    2. Louisiana Board of Regents
    3. Louisiana Department of Education Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (if an education program)
  5. If SACSCOC notification and/or approval is not required (see Substantive Change Reporting for SACSCOC Compliance policy), the curriculum will be removed from the Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.
  6. If SACSCOC notification and/or approval is required, appropriate documentation will be submitted to SACSCOC. Once receipt of notification or approval has been received, the curriculum will be removed from the Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.

New Course

  1. A Curriculog proposal should be submitted with the following attachments:
    1. Syllabus for the new course that meets all requirements as stated in the University Syllabus Policy; and
    2. Memo to be sent to other departments whose courses, degrees, or faculty would somehow be impacted by the course addition.
  2. Once the proposal has been launched, the steps to approval are as follows:
    1. Department Head
    2. Dean
    3. University Curriculum Committee or Graduate Council Representative
    4. Coordinator of Assessment and Curriculum Development/Institutional Effectiveness
    5. Institutional Research (to verify CIP codes for faculty credentialing)
    6. General Education Assessment Council (if General Education course)
    7. University Curriculum Committee or Graduate Council
    8. Academic Advisory Council
  3. Once approved, the course will be added to the Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.

Course Alteration

  1. A Curriculog proposal should be submitted with the following attachments:
    1. Syllabus for the course that reflects all of the alterations and meets all requirements as stated in the University Syllabus Policy; and
    2. Memo to be sent to other departments whose courses, degrees, or faculty would somehow be impacted by the course alteration.
  2. Once the proposal has been launched, the steps to approval are as follows:
    1. Department Head
    2. Dean
    3. University Curriculum Committee or Graduate Council Representative
    4. Coordinator of Assessment and Curriculum Development/Institutional Effectiveness
    5. General Education Assessment Council (if General Education course)
    6. University Curriculum Committee or Graduate Council
    7. Academic Advisory Council
  3. Once approved, the course will be revised in the Academic Catalog, Banner, and Degree Works.

Course Deletion

  1. A Curriculog proposal should be submitted with the following attachments:
    1. Memo to be sent to other departments whose courses, degrees, or faculty would somehow be impacted by the course deletion.
  2. Once the proposal has been launched, the steps to approval are as follows:
    1. Department Head
    2. Dean
    3. University Curriculum Committee or Graduate Council Representative
    4. Coordinator of Assessment and Curriculum Development
    5. General Education Assessment Council (if General Education course)
    6. University Curriculum Committee or Graduate Council
    7. Academic Advisory Council
  3. Once approved, the course will be removed from 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.