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3.05.001.008 Curriculum and Instructional Development Process

Category: ACADEMIC SERVICES
Section: STANDARDS OF ACADEMIC PROGRESS
Policy: Academic Progress Standards
Approved: 7/2/2015
Approved By: President's Staff

Purpose

It is the policy of the Community College of Beaver County that orderly processes exist for curriculum and instructional development review, revision, and evaluation.  Both faculty and administration will actively participate in these processes. 


Curriculum Revision

Curricular revision of existing programs is primarily the responsibility of the Dean and the faculty who are directly associated with the respective program.  Program revision decisions will be based on sound information gathered from employers, transfer institutions, accrediting agencies, students, or other relevant sources.  The faculty and/or Dean are responsible for justifying curricular revisions to the Curriculum Committee and Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, or successor office.  If approved by the Curriculum Committee, the revision will be presented to the Academic Council for information and comment and then to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, or successor office, for approval, and last to the President for approval.  If disapproved at any level, a justification for disapproval will be forwarded to the Dean and respective faculty.

The originator of the request will be responsible for verifying that the curriculum change is in compliance with the Department of Education, Middle States accreditation criteria, and program accrediting standards, if applicable.  It is the responsibility of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs to submit the revision to Middle States, the Department of Education, or any other accrediting body for approval, if required by policy and procedure of these entities.


New Program Development and Approval

Proposals for new credit programs may originate from faculty or administrators.  New program decisions will be based on sound information gathered from employers, transfer institutions, accrediting agencies, students, or other relevant sources.  The faculty or administrator proposing the new program is responsible for justifying new curricula to the respective Dean where the program will reside and to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, or successor office, prior to beginning course and program construction.  The New Program Need and Financial Analysis must be completed by the faculty or the administrator proposing the new program in collaboration with the Vice President for Finance and Operations, or his/her designee, and approved by the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Vice President for Finance and Operations prior to beginning course and program construction or adaptation. 

The New Program Need and Financial Analysis Form will be created by the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs, or successor office, in collaboration with the Vice President of Finance and Operations. 

Following pre-approval, the originator of the new program will then develop the curriculum, complete the new program curriculum form, obtain the necessary signatures, and present the final product to the Curriculum Committee for approval. 

If approved, the program will be presented to the Academic Council for information and comment, and then to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs for approval, and finally to the President for approval.  If disapproved at any level, a justification for disapproval will be forwarded to the Dean and respective faculty.

The originator of the request will also be responsible for verifying that the new program is in compliance with the Department of Education, Middle States accreditation criteria, and program accrediting standards, if applicable. 

The Faculty Fellow for Planning, Assessment, and Improvement will verify that all programs have accurate, sufficient learning outcomes. 


Admission Requirements

Recommended admission criteria and/or placement scores for new programs and changes to existing programs may be recommended by faculty.  The recommendation will be presented to the Curriculum Committee, Academic Council (for information only), Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, and finally, to the President.  Each level must approve prior to progressing to the next level for approval or explain why the recommendation is not approved, except at Academic Council, which reviews for information and comment only.  The recommendation must be accompanied by data that support appropriate placement of students in programs.  The Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, or successor office, will notify, in writing, the Director of Enrollment Services regarding revised admissions criteria and/or placement scores.


Program Review

The implementation of the program review process will be the responsibility of the Dean, with help from the faculty, and Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.  However, the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Dean will review the program review process at least every two years to assess any revisions needed to improve the process.  Input will be gathered from past users as part of the assessment and the Curriculum Committee. The Program Review process is administered per state of Pennsylvania regulations.