Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Bylaws

The Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee


Adopted Oct. 17, 2003

1. Responsibility: The Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee is responsible for reviewing all proposals that affect academic catalog material, and any similar changes in curriculum, whether undergraduate or graduate, that involve the College of Arts and Sciences, its departments, or other academic units under this College.

2. Membership: The College Curriculum Committee shall consist of one member from each department in the College. The Dean or his representative is entitled to attend and participate in meetings but does not count as a member. One member, selected with the consent of the committee and the Dean, shall serve as Chair.
Members are selected by the respective departments, and serve until replaced. If the department has a standing departmental curriculum committee, its chair should generally represent the department on the College committee. Familiarity of the members with curriculum change requirements and procedures will make the committee's work easier, so long terms of service on this committee are appropriate.
The Chair is also, ex officio, a member of the University Curriculum Committee, which is a committee of the Faculty Senate and which considers all proposals affecting undergraduate curriculum after they are approved at the college level.

3. Meetings: The committee will meet as called by the Chair, whenever the Chair has received a reasonable number of proposals or other business, but at least once each long term unless no matters are pending. Members, and the Dean, will be provided notice. If unable to attend, a member may send a substitute for that meeting, or give a proxy. Half of the number of members, either in person or by substitute or proxy, shall be sufficient quorum to conduct a called meeting. Any interested person may attend a meeting and participate in discussion.

4. Curriculum Proposals, Origination and Routing: Any interested party may initiate a curriculum proposal, which may then be submitted using standardized cover forms. If a proposal pertains to one department or area, the relevant department or unit must approve it, as evidenced by signatures (on the Approvals cover form) of the chair of a unit curriculum committee (which may be an ad hoc committee, but must represent the unit faculty's approval) and of the unit chair. After this approval, a proposal goes to the A&S Curriculum Committee. A proposal that affects the college but not specifically any department may begin at the A&S Curriculum Committee; an example was the recent decision to formalize the understanding that, to be called a B.A., any degree plan must include foreign language.

The A&S committee agreed a few years ago that an experienced member should screen proposals for grammatical, formatting, and other problems before they are distributed to the committee.

After this screening, the initiating unit is responsible for providing sufficient copies for A&S Committee review; the current number will be provided at the time of screening. Once the copies are received, the proposal will go on the Committee agenda.

The A&S Curriculum Committee may accept a proposal as submitted. It may vote to amend the proposal, and accept the amended proposal (this is very common). It may vote to remand the proposal for amendment or clarification by the proposer. It may reject the proposal (this is uncommon). If the proposal is accepted as amended and the proposer concurs with the amendments, then the proposal will proceed as if it had been approved as submitted, except that the amended text is used. If the proposer does not concur with the amendments, then the proposal will proceed as if it had been remanded. If the proposal is remanded, the proposer may make suitable revisions and resubmit the proposal to the Committee, or let the matter drop; if resubmitted, it should receive Committee consideration as 'old business', ahead of new business. If the proposal is rejected outright, then any alternate version must be initiated as a new proposal.

After approval by the A&S Curriculum Committee, the initiating unit is responsible for providing correct copies for review by the Dean and by the next committee; the copies should be delivered to the Chair who will carry them on. The proposal must next be approved by the Dean and then by either the University Curriculum Committee or the Graduate Curriculum Committee, depending on the academic level involved. These committees may take the same actions as are possible at the A&S Committee level. After the UCC or the Graduate Committee, proposals go to the Provost.

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