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Curriculum Submissions for Fall 2014 Review by CAS-UCC

The priority deadline for curriculum proposals to be reviewed by the CAS-UCC in fall 2014 will be August 25, 2014. (All proposals submitted by this deadline will be reviewed.)

Proposals may be submitted until September 12, 2014. However, all proposals received after August 25 will be reviewed only if time permits, as the CAS-UCC must meet the October 31 deadline for submission of materials to UCT.

You are encouraged to schedule an individual meeting with Peggy Raynor or Cathy Duff from the Office of Academic and Curriculum Support to review materials prior to submission to CAS-UCC. This past year, there have been some bumps in the curriculum development, review, and approval process. This has resulted in significant delays to the catalog, thus delays in having information available for advisors and students attending fall orientations that began in April. One reason for the delays is the increasing emphasis on ensuring that program requirements are clear and that courses are actually offered on a regular basis. The university is also reducing the reliance on special or selected topics courses.

In order to make this process less burdensome for all, Peggy and Cathy would like to meet with the program/department representative before she/he prepares paperwork and submits program revisions to the college curriculum team. This past year, revisions had to be resubmitted multiple times in order to address oversights and provide all of the detail that was necessary for final review and approval.

Here are a few of the items that will be needed for any program revisions in the upcoming year:

  • Elimination of language such as “special topics can be repeated with a change in topic”
  • Strong rationale based on assessment, benchmarking in the discipline or industry, resource allocation, etc.
  • Completed program (or minor) revision proposal
  • A Microsoft Word document with a “track changes” version of the catalog where the program requirements are listed.
  • An electronic Microsoft Word version of a degree curriculum map showing prerequisites and sequencing for all courses. I will forward each department chair the curriculum maps as I have them for the 2014-15 year on Thursday July 18th. If these need editing, edits should be sent to Cathy Duff and copied to me as soon as possible. Use the version of the document that I send you and revise it to create the new curriculum map for your program revision submission.
  • Number of declared majors and number of graduates from the program (both for the past five years).
  • Table showing when all common prerequisites and courses in the major were offered in the past three years and plans for future offerings.

When materials are finalized and ready for CAS-UCC, please submit them directly to Patricia Rice (, Office Manager, Dean’s Suite, and cc Dr. Mary Ann Zager (

Thank you.