Policy No. 2:07:00:00


SUBJECT:  Curriculum Development and Review

While it is the prerogative of the Board of Regents to approve new programs, faculty have primary responsibility for the development of new curriculum and for the review of existing curriculum.

Curriculum development and curricular changes generally originate from within the discipline at the departmental level. Recommendations may also be initiated outside the department by both faculty and administrators. In addition, it is the joint responsibility of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Deans and the faculty to review periodically all curricular offerings to ensure that they are current, complies with or exceed collegial and professional standards, and are in line with departmental objectives and the College’s mission.

Institutionally, the development of all new courses or programs or the modification of existing courses or programs must be reviewed and approved by the Curriculum and Academic Standards Committee, which serves as the official representative body of the faculty.

For the development of new curriculum or the modification of existing curriculum, the following rules shall apply:

  1. All new curriculum proposals and any proposal for revision of existing curricula must include credit hours awarded per courses. A credit hour is defined as an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates
    1. Not less than one semester hour (750 minutes) of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time or
    2. At least an equivalent amount of work as required outlined in item A. above for other academic activities as established by the college including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.
  2. Certain program changes require TBR approval as follows using TBR Guidelines A-010:
    1. establish a new academic degree
    2. establish a new certificate program (note: the community college must consult with the Tennessee Technology Center(s) within the designated service area to ensure there is no duplication of effort. Documentation must be submitted with the proposal to identify any concerns or to demonstrate there are no objections to the proposed program).
    3. establish a new concentration
    4. consolidate an existing academic program
    5. converting an existing on-ground program to a fully online delivery format
    6. substantive curriculum modification
    7. termination, inactivation, or reactivation of a program
    8. revision of any admission, retention, and/or graduation policy (general or program specific)
    9. extending an existing academic degree to be fully offered at an off-campus location
    10. establishment of a new academic unit or reorganization resulting in a net gain of an academic unit (i.e., department, on-campus center, institute, bureau, division, school or college)
    11. develop on-line course(s) with cost in excess of $9,500 or more.
    Academic Deans will prepare submission documents for the above with the Office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs.
  3. Certain program changes require Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) notification and/or Substantive Changes Review. Academic Deans will prepare preliminary documents for these with the Office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs for submission through the college’s SACSCOC Liaison and the College President. See CSCC Policy 2:09:00:00 on Substantive Change.
    For the submission to the Curriculum and Academic Standards Committee, the following procedures should be followed:
    1. Prior to submitting any curricular modifications for consideration to the Curriculum and Academic Standards committee, the Dean of the appropriate area should conduct a review of the proposal with all effected faculty.
    2. Upon completion of this review, the Dean should discuss the proposal with the Vice President for Academic Affairs.  Subsequently, the item with supporting rationale will be included on the agenda of the Curriculum and Academic Standards committee and forwarded to the membership prior to the Committee’s meeting.
    3. The Dean or an appropriate faculty member should present the proposal to the Curriculum and Academic Standards Committee on the scheduled date and respond to questions. The action of the Curriculum and Academic Standards Committee will be reflected in the official minutes of the meeting which will be forwarded to the President for final approval and signature. A signed copy will be forwarded to the President of the Faculty Senate.
    4. Approved changes will be entered into the Master Course Inventory by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and may be published in the College catalog and semester schedule.
    5. Curriculum proposals covered by Board of Regents’ Guideline A-010 shall be forwarded to the Chancellor for review and approval by the TBR, and the THEC, if appropriate.

Source: TBR Guideline A-010, TBR policy 2:01:01:00

Revised:  January 29, 2013

Approved by:  Curriculum and Academic Standards February 7, 2013; President’s Cabinet February 12, 2013.