College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences


Curriculum Committee


NBS Course Proposal Tracking Sheet

The NBS Course Proposal tracking system.

The curriculum committee of NBS is responsible for ensuring that curricular proposals initiated by departments or programs within the college are consistent with the mission of the college. In addition, the committee ensures that all proposals are compliant with the university policies in place as of the proposal date. To that end, we have developed the following policy for all curricular proposals within the college.

Academic Programs Curriculum Review

All curriculum proposals have to pass through Academic Programs before they can be reviewed by the NBS Curriculum Committee. The full curricular review process. Please download the latest version of the forms you are using.

The proposal will be rejected by Academic Programs if you use an old form. When a proposal is approved at the departmental level, the departmental curriculum committee chair submits the proposal to the Dean’s Office, whence it will be sent to Academic Programs.  After the campus-wide sharing moratorium is completed, the proposal will be returned to the NBS Curriculum Committee for review. NBS CC meets on the last Friday of each month.  For a proposal to be considered, it must be received by the Dean’s office from Academic Programs by the 15th of that month.  If the originating department does not have representation on the NBS CC, an invitation to the meeting will be extended to the department.

Please ensure that all syllabi are consistent with university policy AA2015-03. To help with this, NBS CC has made a checklist of all the items that are required. To view the checklist.  Please confirm that each item is present and check the appropriate box, and then submit the completed checklist(s) with the proposal.  This will avoid delays in the review process. Copies of university-approved boilerplate are also included with the checklist.

If NBS CC recommends that a proposal go forward to the UCC, we will notify the Deans office and the originating department’s CC Chair.  At this point it goes for an impact assessment by the Associate Dean and NBS CC has nothing more to do with it.

If NBS CC recommends that the proposal go back to the department for modification, we will notify the Deans office and the originating department’s CC Chair, with a list of the required modifications.  The proposal will be sent back from the Dean’s office to the department.  When the modifications have been made, the originating department will send it back to the Dean’s office, not directly to NBS CC.  This is essential for maintaining the proposal tracking system.  The proposal will be re-reviewed at the next NBS CC meeting if it is submitted before the 15th of the month.

If you are proposing an online course, you will find example wording for your syllabus here. This is in addition to all the standard elements in a syllabus. Your specifics will be different, of course, but this gives you an idea of what a successful proposal for an online class looks like.

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