2016-2017 Faculty Handbook

The Process for Curricular Change

Any changes made to credit courses, degree granting and technical certificates, or postsecondary adult vocational training programs require approval from the college Curriculum Committee. The non-credit courses, workshops or seminars taught by the college do not require Curriculum Committee approval.

Approval Process

  • A faculty member or group makes a proposal to the appropriate administrator in the area responsible for the course or program.
  • The administrator requests appropriate faculty input and recommendations.
  • The proposed curricular change is submitted to the CF Curriculum Committee in the approved format. Forms are requested directly from the coordinator of Curriculum Services and Faculty Credentialing, who will also provide instructions and guidance to those individuals who are completing the forms.
  • If no action is required from the CF Curriculum Committee, an item may be brought to the CF Curriculum Committee for information purposes only.
  • After the CF Curriculum Committee has acted on the recommendation, the chair of the CF Curriculum Committee signs the appropriate paperwork. The coordinator of Curriculum Services and Faculty Credentialing records the action and submits recommendation to the vice president for Academic Affairs for approval.
  • The vice president for Academic Affairs submits the recommendation to the college president for approval and placement on the agenda for the District Board of Trustees’ approval.
  • Upon approval by the District Board of Trustees, new course information is submitted to the Statewide Course Numbering System office for review and approval as required by statute. New program information is relayed to the director of Institutional Effectiveness, who seeks approval for the program from SACSCOC.
  • Notices of curricular changes made by SCNS are disseminated to the appropriate administrators by the coordinator of Curriculum Services and Faculty Credentialing.

NOTE: New programs must receive approval from SACSCOC prior to implementation, which can take up to six months. Program changes will be effective for Fall only, unless an exception is approved by the vice president for Academic Affairs.

Curricular Review and Evaluation

  • Each division conducts curriculum review and evaluation on a three- to five-year cycle or more often if necessary. This review and evaluation is often conducted in conjunction with textbook adoption. Outside agencies review the curriculum in certain program areas.
  • Faculty review and evaluate courses/curriculum using a number of assessment techniques, e.g., changes in state requirements, changes in technology, results of needs assessments, information from advisory committees.
  • The Curriculum Committee and coordinator of Curriculum Services and Faculty Credentialing annually review all courses and delete those that have not been taught within the last five years, with approval of the appropriate instructional supervisor and the vice president for Academic Affairs. The annual purge must be approved by the president and District Board of Trustees.

Curriculum Committee Composition

The Curriculum Committee consists of the following members:

Voting Members

Dean of Enrollment Management

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Representatives from Instructional deans

Faculty representatives from:

  • Academic Foundations
  • Business and Technology
  • Citrus Campus
  • Communications
  • Criminal Justice/Public Service
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Nursing
  • Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Teacher Education
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Wellness

Nonvoting Members

Representatives from:

  • Faculty Senate
  • Financial Aid
  • Learning Resources
  • Institutional Effectiveness
  • Registrar's Office

Coordinator of Curriculum Services and Faculty Credentialing

Campus Manager of Levy Center

Vice President for Student Affairs

Vice President for Regional Campuses

Chair

The chair is a nonvoting member (except in the case of a tie vote, when the chair may break a tie) and will be elected from the Curriculum Committee membership in even-numbered years to serve a two-year term of office. A vice chair will be elected from the membership of the committee in odd-numbered years to serve a two-year term.

Coordinator of Curriculum Service and Faculty Credentialing

The coordinator of Curriculum Services and Faculty Credentialing is a nonvoting member who coordinates the curriculum process for the college and serves as a resource person and secretary to the College Curriculum Committee.

The coordinator of Curriculum Services and Faculty Credentialing maintains a website for Curriculum Services. This website serves as a clearinghouse for all curriculum related information. It can be found on the intranet at: http://inside.cf.edu/departments/curriculum/index.html. The coordinator of Curriculum Services and Faculty Credentialing also serves as the institutional contact for the Statewide Course Numbering System.

Committee Responsibilities

It is the policy of College of Central Florida to submit all proposed changes in curriculum and instructional policy to a comprehensive review by the CF Curriculum Committee. Programs and courses referred to in this document are intended to be credit programs and clock hour program courses. Policies and procedures for noncredit programs and courses may come before the Curriculum Committee. The responsibilities and procedures to be followed by the committee are:

  • All proposed courses for addition into the curricular offerings must be brought to the CF Curriculum Committee for approval (see the Process for Curricular Change).
  • New programs must be approved by the CF Curriculum Committee and SACSCOC.
  • Current and projected needs for new courses and programs must be determined by one or more of the following: surveys, self-studies, technical reviews, needs assessments, use of consultants, graduate follow-ups and advisory committees.
  • Major changes in programs must be approved by the CF Curriculum Committee.
  • General education requirements and core curriculum requirements must be approved and periodically evaluated by the CF Curriculum Committee to ensure the college is staying abreast of the trends and requirements of the instructional program.
  • Graduation requirement changes must be approved by the CF Curriculum Committee.
  • Practices or requirements which affect the instructional program at College of Central Florida will be acted upon/approved by the CF Curriculum Committee.
  • Proposals for changes in policy related to the instructional program at College of Central Florida must be brought to the CF Curriculum Committee.
  • Suggested items for action/approval may be brought to the CF Curriculum Committee by subcommittees, individuals, or other groups, via the department supervisor, vice president for Academic Affairs or designee, who have followed the Process for Curricular Change.
  • Prepared materials must be submitted via email to the coordinator of Curriculum Services and Faculty Credentialing a minimum of two weeks prior to the scheduled Curriculum Committee meeting. All items to be placed on the agenda must be processed through the coordinator of Curriculum Services and Faculty Credentialing.
  • The coordinator of Curriculum Services and Faculty Credentialing emails all agenda items campuswide one week prior to the scheduled meeting to allow input from faculty in all disciplines.
  • Once approved, the Curriculum Committee will submit the curriculum to the vice president for Academic Affairs. The vice president will submit the recommendation of the Curriculum Committee to the president for District Board of Trustees approval.
  • Curriculum changes will not be entered into Jenzabar or the college catalog until all approvals are complete.
  • Members of the Curriculum Committee are responsible for dispersing the minutes of the Curriculum Committee to the group(s) they represent.