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IV. Faculty Role in Governance

IV.D. Curriculum

IV.D.1. Undergraduate Courses and Program

IV.D.2. Graduate Courses and Programs

IV.D.3. Dual Level Courses and Five Year Programs

IV.D.4. Academic Program Review

IV.D.5. Committee on Academic Programs


Only Academic Units and Academic Institutes and Centers in the Division of Academic Affairs may offer courses for university credit. For an overview of university curriculum policy and procedure, see http://www.jmu.edu/curriculum. Specific details about curriculum approval procedures for each college are available through the college office. All curricular proposals must be submitted during the academic year (mid-August through mid-May) to ensure all faculty members have the opportunity to review the proposals.

IV.D.1. Undergraduate Courses and Programs

IV.D.1.a. Undergraduate Course Review Procedures
Proposals for undergraduate course additions, deletions and changes shall be reviewed and approved by the academic unit(s) and AUH(s) involved. After academic unit review, the proposals shall be submitted with recommendations to the appropriate college curriculum committee. When an academic unit or school is not housed in a college, the proposals will follow the Cross College Curriculum Committee procedure for college review. Each college may establish a deadline for proposals each semester.

The appropriate college curriculum committee shall review all proposals for new courses as well as existing courses that have been substantially modified for approval within the college. This committee shall oversee the submission of academic unit course proposals, consider the use of college resources and review the potential impact upon other programs, supervise communication with other affected sectors of the university, and consider input from others about the implications of the course proposal. Approval of the college-level committee(s) is required before the proposal may be made available for university-wide review.

Course proposals must be available for university-wide review for a minimum of 15 days. A college-level decision on a course proposal stands unless it is contested within 15 days to the Committee on Academic Programs.

Following the university-wide review, course proposals are reviewed by the provost or his or her designee. Approval of the dean(s) is required before proposals are forwarded to the provost's office. Minor changes to existing courses that do not involve resources may be administratively approved by the academic unit Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) representative, the AUH, the college C&I chair, the college dean, and the provost or his or her designee without full review of the college C&I committee, with no 15 day posting period. For cross-disciplinary courses, review shall include all academic units and colleges involved, or review by the Cross College Curriculum Committee.

IV.D.1.b. Undergraduate Program Review Procedures
Proposals for undergraduate program creation, deletion and modification shall be reviewed by the academic unit(s) and AUH(s) involved. New programs must be developed according to the pre-proposal process established by the Office of the provost.

After academic unit review, the proposals shall be submitted with recommendations to the appropriate college curriculum committee. When an academic unit or school is not housed in a college, the proposals will follow the Cross College Curriculum Committee procedure for college review.

The appropriate college curriculum committee shall review all program proposals. This committee shall oversee the submission of proposals for creation, deletion or modification of all academic programs; consider the use of college resources and review the potential impact upon other programs; supervise communication with other affected university sectors; and consider input from others about the implications of the program proposal.

Approval of the college level committee(s) is required before the program proposal may be made available for university-wide review. Program proposals must be available for university-wide review for a minimum of 15 days. A college level decision on a program proposal stands unless it is contested within 15 days to the Committee on Academic Programs.

Following the university-wide review, the proposals for the creation, deletion or significant modification of all academic programs shall be submitted to the Committee on Academic Programs. If there is any question about the need for review by the Committee on Academic Programs, the originator of the proposal shall contact the chair of the Committee on Academic Programs, who shall determine the need for review and shall publish a summary of such determinations in a timely manner. For the purposes of program review, the General Education Council functions as a college curricular committee.

Approval of the college-level committee(s) and dean(s) are required before the proposal is forwarded to the provost's office. Proposals for new programs or significant changes to existing programs require review by the Board of Visitors (BOV), the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Submission to the BOV, SCHEV and SACS is coordinated through the Office of the provost. See http://www.jmu.edu/curriculum for details on preparing submission of changes.

For cross-disciplinary programs, review shall include all academic units and colleges involved, or review by the Cross College Curriculum Committee.

IV.D.2. Graduate Courses and Programs

IV.D.2.a. Graduate Course Review Procedures
Proposals for graduate course additions, deletions and changes shall be reviewed and approved by the AUH or, with permission of the academic unit, the program coordinators involved. After program-level review, the proposals shall be submitted with recommendations to the appropriate college curriculum committee. When an academic unit or school is not housed in a college, the proposals will follow the Cross College Curriculum Committee procedure for college review. Each college may establish a deadline for proposals each semester.

The appropriate college curriculum committee shall review all proposals for new courses as well as existing courses that have been substantially modified for approval within the college. This committee shall oversee the submission of academic unit course proposals, consider the use of college resources and review the potential impact upon other programs, supervise communication with other affected sectors of the university, and consider input from others about the implications of the course proposal.

Approval of the college-level committee(s) is required before the proposal may be made available for Graduate Council review.

Following college-level approval, course proposals are reviewed and voted on by the Graduate Council and the dean of The Graduate School. Following Graduate Council approval, course proposals are subject to university-wide review. Course proposals must be available for university-wide review for a minimum of 15 days. A college-level decision on a course proposal which has been approved by the Graduate Council and the dean of the Graduate School stands unless it is contested within 15 days to the Committee on Academic Programs.

Following the Committee on Academic Programs approval, course proposals are reviewed by the provost or his or her designee for final review. Approval of the dean(s) is required before proposals are forwarded to the provost's office.

Minor changes to existing courses that do not involve resources may be administratively approved by the academic unit Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) representative, the AUH, the college C&I chair, the college dean, and the provost or his or her designee without full review of the college C&I committee, and with no 15 day posting period.

For cross-disciplinary courses, review shall include all academic units and colleges involved, or review by the Cross College Curriculum Committee.

IV.D.2.b. Graduate Program Review Procedures
Proposals for graduate program creation, deletion and modification shall be reviewed by the program(s) and AUH(s) or program coordinators involved. New programs must be developed according to the pre-proposal process established by the provost's office. After program-level review, the proposals shall be submitted with recommendations to the appropriate college curriculum committee. When an academic unit or school is not housed in a college, the proposals will follow the Cross College Curriculum Committee procedure for college review. The appropriate college curriculum committee shall review all program proposals. This committee shall oversee the submission of proposals for creation, deletion or modification of all academic programs; consider the use of college resources and review the potential impact upon other programs; supervise communication with other affected university sectors; and consider input from others about the implications of the program proposal.

Approval of the college level committee(s) is required before the program proposal may be made available for Graduate Council review. Following college-level approval, program proposals are reviewed and voted on by the Graduate Council and the dean of The Graduate School, Graduate Council and the dean of The Graduate School. Following Graduate Council approval, program proposals are subject to university-wide review.

Program proposals must be available for university-wide review for a minimum of 15 days. A college-level decision on a program proposal stands unless it is contested within 15 days to the Committee on Academic Programs.

Following the university-wide review, the proposals for the creation, deletion or significant modification of all academic programs shall be submitted to the Committee on Academic Programs. If there is any question about the need for review by the Committee on Academic Programs, the originator of the proposal shall contact the chair of the Committee on Academic Programs, who shall determine the need for review and publish a summary of such determinations in a timely manner.

Following the Committee on Academic Programs approval, course proposals are reviewed by the provost or his or her designee. Approval of the college-level committee(s), dean(s) and the Graduate Council are required before the proposal is forwarded to the provost's office.

Proposals for new programs or significant changes to existing programs require review by the Board of Visitors (BOV), the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Submission to the BOV, SCHEV and SACS is coordinated through the Office of the Provost. See http://www.jmu.edu/curriculum for details on preparing submission of changes. For cross-disciplinary programs, review shall include all academic units and colleges involved, or review by the Cross College Curriculum Committee.

IV.D.3. Dual Level Courses and Five Year Programs

IV.D.3.a. Dual Level Course Procedures
Courses that are dual level (offered simultaneously at the undergraduate [400] and graduate [500] level) must follow the established procedures for both undergraduate and graduate approval, respectively. In accordance with accreditation standards, the two courses must have different course titles, course descriptions and syllabi.

IV.D.3.b. Five Year Program Procedures
Academic programs that span undergraduate and graduate curriculum, such as five-year masters programs and pre-professional teacher licensure programs, must be reviewed by involved areas at all levels. The same proposal form may be used for both undergraduate and graduate review.

Proposals for program creation, deletion and modification shall be reviewed by the program(s) and AUH(s) or program coordinators involved. New programs must be developed according to the pre-proposal process established by the provost's office.

After program-level review, the proposals shall be submitted with recommendations to the appropriate college curriculum committee. When an academic unit or school is not housed in a college, the proposals will follow the Cross College Curriculum Committee procedure for college review.

The appropriate college curriculum committee shall review all program proposals. This committee shall oversee the submission of proposals for creation, deletion or modification of all academic programs; consider the use of college resources and review the potential impact upon other programs; supervise communication with other affected university sectors; and consider input from others about the implications of the program proposal.

Approval of the college level committee(s) is required before the program proposal may be made available for Graduate Council review. Following college-level approval, program proposals are reviewed and voted on by the Graduate Council and the dean of The Graduate School. Following the graduate council approval, course proposals shall be made available for university-wide review. Program proposals must be available for university-wide review for a minimum of 15 days. A decision on a program proposal which has been approved by the Graduate Council stands unless it is contested within 15 days to the Committee on Academic Programs.

Following the university-wide review, the proposals for the creation, deletion or significant modification of all academic programs shall be submitted to the Committee on Academic Programs. If there is any question about the need for review by the Committee on Academic Programs, the originator of the proposal shall contact the chair of the Committee on Academic Programs, who shall determine the need for review and publish a summary of such determinations in a timely manner. For the purposes of program review, the General Education Council functions as a college curricular committee.

Program proposals which are approved by the Committee on Academic Programs are reviewed by the provost or his or her designee. Approval of the college-level committee(s) and dean(s) are required before the proposal is forwarded to the provost's office. Proposals for new programs or significant changes to existing programs also require review by the BOV and the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV). Submission to the BOV and SCHEV is coordinated through the Office of the provost.

For cross-disciplinary programs, review shall include all academic units and colleges involved, or review by the Cross College Curriculum Committee.

IV.D.4. Academic Program Review
Periodic academic program reviews are conducted by all university programs and are coordinated by the Office for Academic Affairs. Program changes recommended in an academic program review report are governed by the above procedures. A copy of every academic program review report shall be maintained by the provost's office and shall be available on request to any faculty member.

IV.D.5. Committee on Academic Programs
The Committee on Academic Programs is a university committee.

IV.D.5.a. Responsibilities

IV.D.5.a.(1) The committee serves as the final faculty and administrative body to review and recommend to the president and BOV curricular matters related to the entire university (e.g., degree requirements; major changes within the general education program; and the addition, deletion and significant modification of all programs).

IV.D.5.a.(2) The committee reviews curricular procedures for consistency.

IV.D.5.a.(3) The committee resolves disputes raised during the review process for course and program proposals.

IV.D.5.a.(4) The committee maintains an inspection copy of each periodic academic program review.

IV.D.5.b. Membership
Voting membership of the committee shall include: