College Curriculum Committee

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. When you submit your proposal to the Dean’s Office, please send a 3-4 sentence synopsis of the proposal in Word format, to Jocephyne Marshall ( This will be forwarded to Academic Programs and used for the campus-wide sharing. Doing this will save your proposal a good deal of time. 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. Click here 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. When you are preparing student learning outcomes, you may find it useful to have a copy of Bloom's Taxonomy, which will help with selecting the verbs that lead to measurable outcomes at a level suitable to the class.


The Curriculum Register is published the 3rd Monday of each month from September to November and February to April.  To appear in the Register, the synopsis needs to be with Academic Programs by the 2nd Monday of the month, so it should be sent to the Dean’s Office by about the Wednesday prior to that.  The campus-wide sharing comes with a 10-day moratorium, at the end of which the proposal will go to NBSCC to be reviewed at its next meeting.  Here are the dates of interest for the rest of the 2017-2018 Academic Year.

(Recommended) Synopsis.docx Emailed to Dean’s Office

Synopsis Due at Academic Programs

Curriculum Register Published

End of Moratorium

NBS CC Reviews Proposal

February 4

February 11

February 19

March 5

March 11

March 4

March 11

March 18

April 8

April 8

March 29

April 8

April 15

April 29

May 13

 Once a proposal is approved by NBS CC, it goes to the Dean’s Office for an impact analysis.  After that it will go to UCC.  UCC meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from September to December and February to May, assuming the date is not during finals week, Spring Break, or after the semester ends.

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.

Please review the document here for wording to include in your syllabus regarding expectations of student behavior (Item 18 in AA 2015-03). This can be modified as appropriate, for example, if you are offering a class online or on-campus. There is more here than is required, but it may provide a convenient place to start. This document has suggested items to include in the statement of computer literacy skill expectations (Item 8 in AA 2015-03).

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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