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    UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE POLICIES

    Revised August 2001

    SELECT MISSION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-LA CROSSE

     In addition to the System and Core Missions, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has the following select mission:

    The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-L fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-L is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community. 

    THE UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE 

    Duties and responsibilities of the committee shall include:  
    1.  Determining curricula for students in the various academic programs.  
    2.  Receiving proposals for all undergraduate curricular changes from the various academic departments.  
    3.  Initiating, developing, and recommending changes in the design of curriculum for experimental and research purposes.  
    4.  Informing department chairpersons, in writing, of proposals being considered that relate to experimental curricula or
         their program, thus providing adequate opportunity for departments to be heard prior to committee and senate action
         on such proposals.  
    5.  Evaluating curriculum proposals by a hierarchical set of criteria, taking into consideration the needs of students and of
         society, the mission of the university, the necessity for quality programs, and the ability of the department and college
         to meet the resource needs of the proposal.  
    6.  Coordinating the various curricula through formal consultation with the academic departments.  
    7.  Publishing the agenda for regularly scheduled meetings in the university newsletter.  
    8.  Authorizing substitutions or waivers for individual students in academic programs other than the General Education Program/University Core Curriculum.  

    Membership of the committee shall consist of nine faculty members none of whom shall have any designated administrative responsibility, and three students. The faculty membership shall include at least three representatives from the College of Liberal Studies and the College of Science and Health and at least one representative from the College of Business Administration. The Committee on Faculty Committees shall rotate representation with respect to departments and schools, and so far as possible shall provide alternates for each appointed member. The provost/vice chancellor, registrar, director of the library and academic deans shall serve as administrative consultants to the committee. The committee shall elect its chair. 

    Approved by the Faculty Senate 04-01-99.   Revised 05/03/01

    SOURCE OF PROPOSALS

    Proposals for curricular change must come from academic departments (and/or academic program units such as Ethnic and Racial Studies and Honors Program). All official curricular change proposals must be submitted on the forms LX-138 and LX-139 with appropriate Department Chair and Dean’s signatures.  The original forms (on yellow paper) should be submitted to the Secretary of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee located in the Records and Registration Office (117 Graff Main Hall).  One electronic copy must be submitted to uccforms@uwlax.edu.

    To be included on the UCC agenda for any regularly scheduled UCC meeting, the curricular forms should be in the Records and Registration Office no later than noon the Wednesday prior to the meeting.  UCC meets on the second, fourth and fifth (if necessary) Tuesday of each month while school is in session.  The proposals will be numbered sequentially by the committee secretary and distributed along with the agenda to committee members. 

    Please Note: The form LX-137, which summarizes numerous changes, is intended to help the committee process certain curricular changes more efficiently and to reduce the amount of paper consumed.  It is used as a working copy by the committee.  An LX-137 requires an original LX 138 for each change cited.   

    ACTION ON PROPOSALS

    All proposals will undergo at least two readings before the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, unless there is unanimous consent to act on a proposal at the first reading.  All curricular changes approved by the committee are subject to Faculty Senate review and action as well as review by the Chancellor’s Office.  All new majors and sub-majors approved by the Committee must be approved by the Faculty Senate and the Chancellor’s Office.

    GENERAL EDUCATION COURSE REVIEW PROCEDURES

    Review of new general education course proposals and changes to existing general education courses will be processed on an LX-140 and reviewed by the General Education Committee after these courses have been approved by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

    EXTENT OF MAJORS

    No department may require more than 40 semester credits in one major unless it becomes necessary to do so in order to meet external requirements for certification or accreditation as prescribed by an external agency or accrediting group and is approved by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. 

    Departments that have already been approved to offer majors in excess of 40 credits will be encouraged (but not required) to comply with the extent of Majors Policy.   

    COURSE PREREQUISITES, NUMBERS, AND CREDITS

    Students will not receive credit for courses for which they do not have appropriate class standing. 

    Courses with numbers in the 100 and 200 series are primarily for freshmen and sophomores; those in the 300 and 400 series, which should normally carry a prerequisite, are primarily for juniors and seniors.  Courses numbered 500 through 699 are open to upper division undergraduates (juniors and seniors) and graduate students.  COURSES NUMBERED 700 AND ABOVE ARE OPEN TO GRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY. 

    Only juniors (who have earned 60 credits or more), seniors, and graduate students will be permitted to enter “slash” (undergraduate/graduate) courses which are designated by a combination of the undergraduate and graduate course numbers 300/400, 300/500, 400/500, 400/600. 

    Undergraduate students must earn at least 40 credits in the 300 and 400 numbered courses. 

    Study leading to one semester credit represents an investment of time by the average student of not fewer than 42 hours.  Included in this time is 770 instructional minutes (class time) plus an out-of-class investment of time of 28 hours for such activities as tutorials, recitations, study time and preparation for participation in class, or a demonstration.  In a course with a supervised laboratory or studio, some or all of the required 42 hours can be fulfilled by the participation of the student in these activities.”   

    LECTURE/LABORATORY HOURS

    The standard for supervised laboratory or supervised studio hours per week is that two such hours are equal to one lecture hour in generating semester credits. Departments requesting a standard different from this must assume the burden of demonstrating the need for varying from the standard in order to obtain committee approval.   

    UMBRELLA COURSES

    1.  The Department (or comparable unit) shall identify its umbrella courses after consulting with the University Registrar and
         the appropriate dean.  
    2.  The Department must approve each new topic to be offered under a previously established umbrella course number,
         prior to its initial scheduling.  
    3.  The Department offering an umbrella course topic must consult with other departments whose subject interests may be
         affected, prior to the submission of LX-138 and LX-139 forms to the dean.  Interdepartmental action/consultation is to
         be fully noted on the curriculum documents.  
    4.  The Department must prepare a Form LX-138 and LX-139, indicating departmental approval, and must forward the
         original copy to the appropriate school/college dean.  Graduate courses and “slash/course” topics will then be
         forwarded to the Dean of Graduate Studies.  
    5.  Each dean will approve/disapprove each topic course proposal keeping in mind that: “Study leading to one semester
         credit normally represents an investment of time by the average student of not fewer than 42 hours. Included in this
         time is 770 instructional minutes (class time) plus an out-of-class investment of time of 28 hours for such activities as
         tutorials, recitations, study time and preparation for participation in class, or a demonstration.  In a course with a
         supervised laboratory or studio, some or all of the required 42 hours can be fulfilled by the participation of the student
         in these activities.”     
    6.  The Dean will then sign and forward to the Registrar (through the Provost’s Office) the LX-138 and LX-139 forms, only
         for the approved new topics.  The Registrar will work with departments to see that appropriate scheduling is
         accomplished and that such documents become part of the official curriculum files.
    7.  Umbrella course topics with similar course content may be offered a maximum of three times within an unlimited number
         of years or an unlimited number of times within three calendar years.  
    8.  The effective date of these guidelines is  

    Approved by the Faculty Senate 09-09-93; revised 1-23-96, Senate notified 3-15-96. 

    STUDENT PETITIONS

    Students desiring to make substitutions in course or graduation requirements must obtain the appropriate petition form from the office of the college in which the student is enrolled, complete the petition form, obtain the appropriate signatures, and return the petition to the dean of that college.  The petition should clearly reflect the recommendation of the Department(s) involved, if any.  The dean will review the petition and either approve or disapprove the request.  If the department and the dean recommend approval of the petition concerning general education substitutions, the petition must be forwarded to the undergraduate Curriculum Committee and recorded in the minutes.  No action is required by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.  If the department recommends against and/or the dean denies the petition and the student wishes to appeal the decision, the petition can be brought before the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee through the office of the dean.  Once the petition is before the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, the student may choose self representation or college representation.  If self representation is chosen, the student may make a presentation to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and/or be available to answer questions.  After hearing the student’s presentation and asking all student-directed questions, the committee may go into closed session for discussion and voting.  Decisions made by the UCC are final; there is no further appeal process. 

    All petitions concerning writing emphasis requirements must be brought before the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for action. 

    Student petitions will be last on the agenda. 

    Approved by UCC on May 10, 1994; Received by Faculty Senate October 27, 1994.

    INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (GUIDELINES) 

    1.  All proposals from UW-L faculty and staff for credit-generating courses which include travel beyond the region of the
         University’s customary activity are subject to review and recommendation by the Travel and International Committee.  
    2.  Once departmental and college approval has been given for a course involving travel, LX-138 and LX-139 forms for this
         course must be submitted to the Travel and International Education Committee.  This committee screens such
         proposals for content and consistency in format and design.  Once reviewed and recommended by this committee,
         these proposals are then forwarded to the appropriate curriculum committee, or Dean in the case of umbrella course 
         topics, for review and final approval.  (This final approval should be obtained before such courses can be advertised).  
    3.  Credit for courses involving travel shall be generated subject to the existing regulations for resident study. 

    Approved Faculty Senate December 15, 1988.

    INSTITUTES (GUIDELINES)

    A.  The initial establishment of an Institute or other organization conducting an academic program outside of existing departmental programs should be by action of the Faculty Senate.  Proposals for Institutes, or their functional equivalents, should include completion of Academic Program Format C with particular attention to:  

        1.  Anticipated needs for administrative and instructional staff.  
        2.  Anticipated needs for Summer Session staff.  
        3.  The potential effect on existing departments and programs from which institute staff are drawn.  
        4.  The extent to which the proposed Institute will seek extramural funds.  
        5.  The standards by which the success or failure of the Institute and its academic programs are to be judged.  
    Proposals for Institutes are to be submitted to the Provost/Vice Chancellor.  With the approval of the Provost/Vice Chancellor, the proposals will be forwarded to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and upon approval by that committee, forwarded to the Senate for final consideration.  Initial approval will be for a period of two years.  During the second year of its existence, a new Institute must complete the Audit and Review procedure described in Paragraph B of this section.  
    B.  Continuing Institutes, those which have completed the initial Audit and Review after two years of existence, must complete the Audit and Review process (Academic Program Format #4) every three years.  Institutes are to submit Audit and Review reports to the Mission and Planning Committee and the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee under the schedule announced by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Departments.  The Audit and Review report of an Institute should devote particular attention to the evaluation standards defined at the time the Institute was initially approved.  Continuation of the Institute following Audit and Review requires action of the Senate.  
    C.  Institutes in existence at the time this report is accepted--Institute for Minority Studies, Institute for Women’s Studies, and Honors Program--are to complete the Audit and Review process beginning during the 1979-80 academic year.  Subsequently, these Institutes will be reviewed on a three-year cycle as specified in Paragraph B.  
    D.  The Provost/Vice Chancellor may delay the scheduled review of any Institute for one year for the purpose of distributing Institute reviews more evenly in the three-year cycle.  This provision applied only to the regular three-year reviews and not the initial review after two years. 

    PASS/FAIL COURSES

    The only categories of courses that qualify for Pass/Fail grading are:  
    1.  Internships  
    2.  Independent Study  
    3.  Workshops  
    4.  Courses Offered for Special Clientele  
    5.  Field Study  
    6.  Remedial  
    7.  ESL 

    Proposals to add courses in the above categories on a Pass/Fail basis must be approved by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee or Graduate Curriculum Committee and the Faculty Senate.  Students enrolled in Pass/Fail courses must be graded on a Pass/Fail basis.  Specific courses are approved for pass/fail grading.  Students do not have the option of requesting a graded course be changed to P/F. 

    Additional Requirements:  
    1.  Credits taken on a P/F basis WILL NOT be averaged into a grade point average if “P” is filed by the instructor.  The
         credits will count as credits earned.  An “F” WILL be averaged in and WILL be counted as credits attempted   
    2.  STUDENTS ON ACADEMIC PROBATION ARE INELIGIBLE FOR P/F CREDIT COURSES.  
    3.  Twenty-one (21) credits is the maximum number of P/F graded course work. 

    Students should realize that P/F graded courses MIGHT NOT BE ACCEPTED IN TRANSFER to other institutions of higher learning.  Professional schools are especially reluctant to accept P/F graded course work. Some employers, principals, and/or superintendents may be unable to acknowledge credits or reward employees, ESPECIALLY GRADUATE STUDENTS WORKING ON ADVANCED DEGREES, when course work has been taken under the P/F grading system. 

    Department Pass/Fail Option: 
    If a “departmental option for Pass/Fail grading” has been approved by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, the grading system to be utilized should be designated when each term’s schedule is submitted to the Registrar.

    CREDIT BY EXAMINATION AND RETROACTIVE CREDIT

    Five credit options are available to students at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  They are listed below: 

    1.  Advanced Placement Program (APP)  
    Students who have participated in the Advanced Placement Program (APP) in high school and have received scores of 3, 4 or 5 will receive academic credit.  Transcripts of APP work must be submitted to the Admissions Office for evaluation to determine if academic credit will be awarded. 

    2.  College Level Examination Program (CLEP)  
    The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a national program administered through the College Board.   The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse will follow The American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines and recommendations for minimum scores for awarding credit in all subject examinations. 

    3.  Departmental Credit by Exam  
    Each department will have on file an examination for each course the department determines to be introductory, including courses applicable to the skills component of the General Education program.    
    Revised by Faculty Senate 11-19-98; approved by Chancellor 12-02-98. 

    4.  Retroactive Credit  
    Two departments, Foreign Languages and Mathematics, offer retroactive credit for previous course work. 

    5.  International Baccalaureate  
    The University will accept all International Baccalaureate ‘HIGHER LEVEL” examinations with a score of 4 or greater.

    GUIDELINES                                

    I.  Courses for which credit by examination or retroactive credit may be awarded. 

    Credit by exam or retroactive credit may be awarded for any course approved by the departments concerned and the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. 

    II.  Determination of courses for which credit by examination or retroactive credit may be awarded. 

    A.  Instructional departments will determine which particular course or courses offered in their respective
         departments may have credit earned in a manner other than that customary for the course.  (See item 3 above)  
    B.  Departments will submit their proposals for awarding credit by examination or retroactive credit to the
         Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for its approval.  One signed original yellow paper to be submitted to Records Office along with an electronic copy to be submitted to uccforms@uwlax.edu.   
    C.  Proposals submitted by departments shall include:  
        1.  Designation of the specific course(s) for which granting of credit by examination is proposed.  
        2.  Information concerning the particular examination to be used for each course.  
        3.  Eligibility standards for taking an examination for credit.  
        4.  Scoring of the examination.  
        5.  Estimation of the number of students who may successfully pass the examination. 

    III.  Academic Status of Credits Earned by Examination 

    A.  All credits earned by examination will have full academic value (i.e., they will count toward the total required for
         graduation and, if applicable, fulfill prerequisite requirements for advanced courses, General Education
         requirements, core requirements, major or minor requirements, etc.).  
    B.  Credit will be entered but no grade will be recorded on the student’s permanent academic record.  
    C.  Credit earned by examination will not be counted as part of the student’s grade point average.  
    D.  Credits earned by examination will not be counted as part of the student’s course load.  
    E.  The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse will accept, as transfer credit, credits earned in this manner at accredited
         institutions, to the limit stated below (32 credits).  

    IV.  Restrictions 

    A.  The maximum credit which a student may earn by examination is 32 credits.  
    B.  No student will be permitted to attempt to receive credit by examination for a particular course more than once.  
    C.  A student who takes an examination for credit will not be informed of any grade received (credits only, not
         grades, are awarded).  
    D.  A student may earn credits by examination only after having been admitted to and enrolled at UW-La Crosse.  A
         student will be regarded as “regularly admitted and enrolled” after attendance on a full-time or part-time basis
         and paying the appropriate fees therefore in a regular semester, summer session, evening or extension class.  
    E.  No student who has received a final grade in a course or an “Incomplete” may earn credit by examination for said
         course.  
    F.  No student who is auditing a course at UW-La Crosse or has audited a course at UW-La Crosse may receive
         credit by examination for said course, nor may retroactive credit be earned after auditing the courses.  
    G.  No student who has withdrawn from a course at UW-La Crosse after the first four weeks of the course may earn
         credit for the course by examination. 

    V.  Administration and Fees 

    A.  Advanced Placement Program (APP)  
    Students participate in APP while in high school, so no university examination administration is necessary.  Transcripts of APP work must be submitted to the Admissions Office for evaluation to determine if academic credit will be awarded. 

    B.  College Level Examination Program (CLEP)  
    Students should contact the Counseling and Testing Center for information about CLEP, and to order the exam.  It takes 30 days to obtain an exam after it is ordered.  Examinations will be given early each semester plus summer if warranted.  Counseling and Testing Center staff will send scores to appropriate academic departments, who, in turn, will submit the names of those students who pass the examinations to the Records and Registration Office.  Students should allow 8-10 weeks for scoring exams and recording credit.   

    A non-refundable fee of $47.00 will be charged each person for each examination.  This fee is payable at the Counseling and Testing Center.  

    Students who have taken exams at other sites, may submit the results to the Admissions Office for evaluation to determine if academic credit will be awarded. 

    C.  Department Examinations  
    Any enrolled student should contact the appropriate department chairperson for permission to take an examination for credit.  Departments will administer the examinations for courses in their departments.   Examinations will be given once each semester.  If they wish, departments may also administer the examinations during the summer session.   

    Department chairpersons will submit the names of those who pass the examinations to the Records and Registration Office.  The names of students not passing the examinations will be kept on file in the department for future reference, but should not be submitted to the Registrar.  Department chairpersons will inform the students who take the examination of the results as soon as possible after the examination has been administered.  The communication to the student should indicate "pass" or "fail", but it should not indicate a letter grade. 

    A non-refundable fee of $10 will be charged each person for each examination.  This fee is payable at the Cashiers Office.  Examination for credit will not be administered by departments to students who do not have an examination fee receipt.  

    D.  Retroactive Credit  
    Students must contact the department to file the request for credit. The department submits the requests for those students who are to be awarded credit, to the Records and Registration Office.  The appropriate retroactive credits will be recorded on the student's transcript.  There is no charge for this transaction. 

    E.  International Baccalaureate (IB)  
    Transcripts of IB work must be submitted to the Admissions Office for evaluation to determine if academic credit will be awarded. 

    VI.  Student Option 

    A student who successfully passes the examination for a particular course may choose not to have the credits for the course awarded by examination. 

    VII.  Security 

    Departments should be aware of the fact that some students, perhaps most, may not be known personally to those who administer the examinations.   Some measures should be taken to ensure that the person who successfully passes the exam is the person who is awarded the credit; therefore, it is suggested that any student who takes the examination be required to fill out a form asking for information which can be compared with information given when the student registers (such as date of birth, names of mother and father, etc.).

    INTERNSHIP POLICIES (COOPERATIVE EDUCATION)

    Departmental and/or university-wide (non-departmental) co-op internships are designed to carry variable credit with maximum credits awarded only if student assignments meet operational standards of 40 hours per week for approximately 14 weeks.  Fewer credits will be awarded on a prorated hours-per-week basis. 

    While a maximum of 30 semester credits may be taken in internships and recorded on the permanent academic record, no more than 15 credits will be applicable to a degree. (Credit applicable to a major or minor will be assigned by the appropriate department chairperson). 

    All students involved in departmental and/or university-wide co-op internships (non departmental) for credit are required to register. 

    Academic departments who plan to make changes in their departmental requirements for the cooperative education and internship program should consult with Career Services. 

    These policies do not apply to internships in teacher education, physical education, recreation, social work, physical therapy, medical technology, nuclear medicine technology, or graduate programs.  Students wishing more information should contact the Cooperative Education/Internship Program in the Career Services Offices. 

    PRINCIPLES FOR DISTANCE EDUCATION

    1.  Existing courses offered via distance education will follow the standard course review by a university curriculum
         committee, e.g. significant changes in course outline, grading pattern, etc.  In other words, no specific review is
         required for distance education courses.  Departments will be responsible for ensuring course compatibility with selected
         technology, and for evaluating distance education offerings.  
    2.  New courses will follow the standard curriculum approval process.  The LX-138 form will include an indicator for the type
         of delivery system.  
    3.  Proposals for entire programs to be offered through distance education will follow standard review including the
         department, college, and the Academic Program Review Committee.  
    4.  Recognizing the long lead time required in scheduling courses for distance education networks, it will may be necessary
         to tentatively schedule courses pending curriculum approval.    
    5.  When the curriculum committee reviews a course proposal in which distance education technology is a significant
         component, the director of the Educational Television Center, serving as a liaison from the Distance Education
         Oversight Committee should be invited to provide input concerning the appropriate use of the technology.  
    6.  Individuals teaching via distance education should be encouraged to work with media services staff on necessary
         instructional design changes, and with educational television center staff on use of the technology prior to offering a
         course.  
    7.  The curriculum committee will receive a report each semester listing the courses scheduled. 

    Approved by Faculty Senate 9/28/95; approved by Chancellor 11/28/95 

    PROGRAM GRADE POINT AVERAGE REQUIREMENT POLICY

    Departments or programs wishing to institute GPA requirements shall justify those requirements based on:  

    1.  External accreditation requirements or nationally accepted parameters in a profession, or  
    2.  Historical and/or empirical evidence proving that students below the minimum requirements do not succeed in upper
         division courses in the major or program. 

    Departments or programs with entrance requirements should not rely solely on overall GPA. Additional tools should be employed to assess program readiness. These tools could include the following:  

            ·  GPA requirements in discipline-specific or other required lower division courses 
            ·  Type, difficulty and chronology of courses already taken 
            ·  Credit load 
            ·  Interviews 
            ·  Essays/writing samples/letters/portfolios 
            ·  Work and/or life experience 
            ·  References and recommendations 
            ·  Performance in particular skills/observations/field experience 

    Departments or programs with exit requirements should establish policies and/or committees which periodically monitor students’ progress toward completion of requirements, especially in cases where a relatively high GPA is needed for a required internship or where the exit requirement is higher than the entrance requirement. These policies and/or committees should relate to three specific student concerns: 

    1. Advising
    2. Appeals/hearings 
    3. Probation 

    Program GPA requirements shall not be implemented exclusively for purposes of enrollment management. 

    Approved by Faculty Senate 04-01-99; approved by Chancellor 09-30-99. 

    GUIDELINES FOR NEW OR REVISED MINORS

    New minors should conform to the following guidelines: 

    1.  Credits required for the minor should range from 18-24. 
    2.  At least one-half of the course work should be upper division level (300-400) 
    3.  There should be a maximum of six credits double counted between General Education and the minor requirements 
    4.  No more than six credits should be “hidden prerequisites” (defined as courses outside the minor department and normally
        above 100 level introductory or General Education courses) 

    In addition to the above requirements, the committee proposes the following guideline to address the concern about double counting between majors and minors. 

    5.  Between a major and a minor there must exist at least 42 “unduplicated credits” (defined as common
        combinations of fresh or unique credits, not double counted between the two programs). If there are courses that are
        required for both major and minor, the student must use other courses within the discipline to come up to the minimum
        number of credits in the major or minor. (Note: CBA professional core does count as credits in the business majors.) 

    Inability to conform to any of these guidelines should be justified by a rationale for non-compliance in the curriculum proposal. 

    APPROVAL PROCESS

    The information provided to the Academic Priorities Committee in the “Contents of Proposals for New Programs” should be submitted to the UCC with the LX 138P. Interdisciplinary programs need to submit all appropriate approvals from sponsoring departments and colleges. The UCC recommends that the College Deans, in tandem with the University Registrar and the Chair of Faculty Senate, assist in directing each new subprogram proposal through the proper approval process, in the following sequence: Appropriate departmental and college committees, college dean, Academic Priorities Committee, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Faculty Senate, Chancellor or designee. 

    Approved by Faculty Senate 10-14-99.

    CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION OF PROPOSALS

    UCC will consider new and revised course proposals with the following criteria in mind, in decreasing order of importance.  Department representatives submitting proposals should be prepared to answer questions concerning these issues, and present/discuss evidence of fulfilling these requirements.

    1.  Needs of Students and Society

    (a) The new course, program or revision should satisfy an identifiable need within the mission of the University. 
    (b) The new or revised course should not duplicate curriculum already available in the department.  
    (c) For new course proposals that may have overlap with courses in other departments, evidence should be presented that those departments have been contacted and that the overlap is minimal or that the perspective is significantly different to merit a new course.  Departments may want to consider enrollment restrictions and the feasibility of course cross listing.  Course revisions that may result in significant overlap with courses in other departments should be accompanied by similar evidence. 
    (d) The clientele of the program or course should be carefully considered and include sufficient enrollment to merit the use of necessary resources. 
    (e) The role of the course or program should be carefully considered, including requirement in major or minor programs within and external to the department.  If the course will significantly impact other departments or programs, submitters are encouraged to include evidence of communication with the other programs/departments.

     2.  Quality

    (a) The new course/program or revision should be well conceived and well organized.  Revisions resulting in substantial changes to course content or new course proposals should include a sufficient outline of the course material and pattern to demonstrate these requirements. 
    (b) The level of rigor should meet current standards for a university course or program, and the number of credits awarded should be reflective of the amount of work required in the course. 
    (c) The new or revised course should have appropriate prerequisites.

    3.  Ability of the Department and College to meet resource needs

    While UCC recognizes that a signature on the LX form certifies the Dean's willingness to support a course or program, there are course design issues that can significantly impact the quality of a course offering and the experience for the students.  Therefore, submitters may be asked to discuss the following:

    (a) The department must have sufficient faculty/staff expertise for the new course or program or to make the proposed changes in an existing course or program.  
    (b) The department must have sufficient faculty/staff resources for the new course or program or to make the proposed changes in an existing course or program.  Departments submitting multiple proposals for new courses should consider whether there are infrequently offered courses that could be deleted. 
    (c) The support infrastructure must be adequate (sufficient laboratory facilities, sufficient library resources, availability of required internships, etc.) to offer the course/program in the long term.

      4.  Record Keeping

    (a) The course number should be consistent with the level of work required in the course. 
    (b) The course or program description should be clear and accurate, and programs should not have hidden requirements. 
    (c) The instruction pattern should be appropriate and accurately described.

    Questions involving course and/or program revisions will generally be limited to those sections of the LX form that are marked for revision.  However, presenters should give consideration to how the proposed changes may impact the other aspects of the course or program that have not been selected for revision, and be prepared to address questions from UCC members as necessary. 

    Very minor changes may be handled through the Consent Agenda, which is presented to UCC members for expedited approval.  However, any UCC member may pull any item from the consent agenda and request a full first reading for the next meeting.  Generally only minor changes will be considered as possibilities for a consent agenda item.

    1.  Reasonable items for consideration on the consent agenda:

    • Changes in semester offered
    • Course deletions
    • Changes in prerequisites within the proposing department

    2.  Possible items for consideration on the consent agenda:  Proposers may request these items to appear on the consent
         agenda if they feel the changes are trivial.

    • Course number
    • Changes in course description
    • Changes in course title
    • Changes in number of credits