Committee on Courses

Our Charge and Responsibilities

The Committee on Courses shall be responsible for:

  1. Screening all proposals for course changes and reporting its recommendations to the University faculty through the University Senate;
  2. Directing the University editor on the content and structure of the University Catalog;
  3. Consulting with the Undergraduate Council and the Graduate Council on curricular patterns of concern;
  4. Participating, on behalf of the University faculty, in planning the development and improvement of thee instructional program of thee institution;
  5. Reviewing courses not taught on a regular basis;
  6. Determining whether courses satisfy the multicultural requirement;
  7. Monitoring adherence to the approved curriculum, standards, and policies on an as-needed basis;
  8. Providing advice and assistance to schools, colleges, and departments in the planning of the curriculum.

When the committee is recessed, the chair of the committee shall have authority to approve immediate emergency requests for course changes subject to review when the committee resumes business. This authority may be delegated to the Provost in the absence of the chair.

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Committee Type: Standing
Committee Category: Academic and Research
Selection Process: Appointed
Time Commitment: 40-60 hours per year


Academic Year 2023-2024

Seat: Voting Member
Term: -
Teaching Faculty, broadly represented
Dance Department

Seat: Chair , Voting Member
Term: -
Teaching Faculty, broadly represented

Seat: Voting Member
Term: -
Teaching Faculty, broadly represented
Special Education and Clinical Sciences

Quick Facts on Committee Service

Annual Committee appointment process for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently in process.

Please check back for updated membership.

Committee on Courses

Leadership Structure

a) Chair: elected from the committee membership

b) Convener: None

c) Staff: Curriculum Coordinator in the Office of the Provost

Election Schedule for Chair: First meeting of fall term (chair shall serve through the summer).

Membership Requirements

General Membership

  • 7-9 teaching faculty, no two from the same department, nor more than two from the same school or college (except CAS), no more than two from any one of the three CAS subdivisions of Natural Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
  • 2 students, one undergraduate and one graduate

A quorum must be present for voting, and shall consist of a majority of the voting members.

Ex-Officio, voting members


Ex-Officio, non-voting members

  • Catalog editor or designee
  • Director of Academic Advising or designee
  • University Registrar or designee
  • Dean of the Graduate School or designee

Terms and Workload

Length of Term

  • Non-Students (faculty, OA's, OR's, Classified): 3 years, staggered
  • Students: 1 year
  • Ex Officio: indefinite
  • Appointed faculty senator: 2 years

Term Limits

  • None

Workload Designation

  • For the Chair: [Tier1+] 80 hours or more per year. The chair (or designee) is an ex officio, voting member of the Academic Council [Tier 3]
  • For Committee members: [Tier 1] 50 hours/year or more.