Undergraduate Curriculum Process

Undergraduate Curriculum Process

Consultation occurs at EVERY level.

  1.  Faculty initiate proposal in curriculum.psu.edu at academic unit level.
  2.  Proposal moves to academic unit Curriculum Committee for discussion/approval. (Academic Unit Head(s) consulted/involved) (Unit CC Approval – Special Topics Courses go directly to Dean, then to the Curriculum Coordinator, and then are added to the schedule of courses.)
  3.  Proposals move to College Curriculum Committee following consultation with affected/interested units. (College CC Approval – If there are major issues with the proposal or a lack of adequate consultation, the proposal may be sent back to the academic unit level.)
  4. If there are not issues in consultation or a need to make significant changes which would necessitate returning to the College CC, the proposal moves through signatories provided each level is in approval. (Unit/Department Head Approval; SCCA College Rep. Approval; College Dean Approval)
  5.  Following the Dean’s signature, the proposal reaches the Senate level. If the proposal does not need to be evaluated in subcommittee, it moves to the curriculum report for discussion at the next SCCA meeting. If the proposal seeks a general education domain or a university requirement (US, IL, W, BA), the proposal is sent to the appropriate subcommittee(s). If accepted in subcommittee, the proposal is included on the next curriculum report for discussion at an upcoming SCCA meeting; a proposal directed to subcommittees may be delayed in the process.
  6. The proposal is discussed in the full SCCA committee. If approved, the Curriculum Coordinator posts information to the bulletin and the proposal moves for approval to Central Administration. (SCCA Approval; Provost Approval; BOT Approval)