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Curriculum Procedures and Process

SUNY Cortland Curriculum Change Guide

  • Curriculum Change Guide (currently being updated)

Procedures -- A Step by Step Approach to Develop a Proposal

  • Review Current Courses and Programs
    Become knowledgeable about the curriculum in terms of what is needed or what has become outdated.
  • Consult with Colleagues
    Speak with faculty in your department in reference to current trends in subject matter and pedagogy. Also consult with Enrollment Management and Career Services with regard to student patterns and employment potential.
  • Complete the Necessary Curriculum Forms in Curriculog
    Assess the necessary forms and respond to the appropriate areas.
  • Attach the Required Materials to the curriculum proposal
  • Proposals are automatically forwarded to the next level of review. 


Process -- The Required Levels of Review

  • Consideration by the Department Curriculum Committee Chair and/or the Department Chair/Program Coordinator
    Ideally, and with early consultation, this level of review should easily result in a recommendation to the next level of review.
  • Discussion at the School Curriculum Committee
    For committee membership and meeting dates, refer to the appropriate web link as indicated by School – Arts and Sciences, Education, or Professional Studies. The School Curriculum Committee will:
    1. recommend proposals to the Dean
    2. table proposals for further deliberation
    3. return proposals for more information or about stated issues.
  • Consideration by the Dean
    The Dean of the School may also return proposals in order to seek clarification or to indicate concerns. If recommending, the Dean forwards the proposal to either the College Curriculum Review Committee (CCRC) for undergraduate courses/programs, or to the Graduate Faculty Executive Committee (GFEC) for graduate courses/programs.
  • Deliberation by the CCRC or the GFEC
    The CCRC or the GFEC, depending on undergraduate or graduate proposals, consists of members from across the College and represents a campus-wide perspective. Either committee has the same options as previous levels of review.
  • Approval of an Attribute
    Where appropriate, the proposal will be routed to the appropriate committee for review: General Education; Liberal Arts; Writing Intensive; Presentation Skills.
  • Consideration by the Provost
    After recommendation by the CCRC or the GFEC, the Provost responds to the proposal. If approval is granted for an alteration to an existing course or a new course, that course appears in the next College Catalog and may be scheduled for the next academic year. If approval is granted for a new program or a new degree, or a significant program alteration, the proposal must be forwarded to Albany for SUNY and SED approval.
  • SUNY System Review and State Education Department Registration
    All new programs or degrees, significant program alterations, additions or deletions of concentrations, as well as all changes in teacher preparation areas must be approved by SUNY System. The proposal then must be approved and registered by the State Education Department before any publishing of or admission to the program.