SENATE COMMITTEE ON CURRICULAR AFFAIRS
New Member Information
The purpose of this document is to provide a brief overview of duties, membership, subcommittee structure, and relevant policies often cited by members of the Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs. Additional documents are provided to members to assist with conducting undergraduate curricular reviews and understanding the scope of the undergraduate curricular process.
The Committee on Curricular Affairs shall review, evaluate, and approve or reject all program, course and curriculum proposals, including proposals to limit program enrollment submitted by the various departments, colleges, and other appropriate units of the university. The Committee shall develop criteria for evaluating courses and curricula and recommend procedures for handling courses and curriculum proposals. It shall have oversight of the following subcommittees: Bachelors of Arts, General Education, Integrative Studies, Retention and Transfer, United States and International Cultures, and Writing. It shall study the existing courses and curricula of the University with reference to the needs of students and opportunities for service to the Commonwealth and make recommendations for changes where appropriate. It shall make recommendations to Senate Council on the establishment, reorganization, or discontinuation of organizational units pursuant to Council duties specified in Article II, Section 1 (d) of the Bylaws. It shall maintain such liaison with University administration and faculty as may be necessary for the implementation of these procedures.
Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs membership is selected by the Committee on Committees and Rules and is comprised of the following members (https://senate.psu.edu/senators/standing-committees/curricular-affairs/members/ ):
- At least seventeen (17) elected senators: one from each college at University Park, and one each from Abington, Altoona, Berks, Erie, Harrisburg, and the University College
- Two (2) undergraduate student senators
- A member of Administrative Council on Undergraduate Education (ACUE)*
- Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications or representative*
- Chair of Graduate Council Committee on Programs and Courses*
*nonvoting member unless Article IV, Section 2 of the Bylaws applies
Members of the Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs are expected to:
- Represent his/her college and disciplinary community in the review of all proposals and reports brought before SCCA
- Thoroughly review curriculum proposals from his/her college before signing and be prepared to speak on behalf of the proposals as they are reviewed (i.e. in SCCA meetings and on-line)
- Review curriculum proposals from other colleges and disciplines for impact on his/her college and disciplinary community
- Review and approve proposals on-line and add comments in a timely fashion adhering to communicated deadlines
- Serve on at least one standing SCCA subcommittee
- Assist in the resolution of holds placed on proposals from his/her college
- Disseminate Senate information and curriculum actions to college curriculum committee, faculty, administration, and University community
- Members must be familiar with course review system(s) for the review of proposals on-line
- Monitor and review 5-year drops
The Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs has six (6) standing subcommittees.
- Bachelor of Arts Requirements Subcommittee is comprised of eleven (11) members including a faculty member from each college that offers the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. The subcommittee duties include: reviewing BA course proposals; monitoring and reviewing all BA requirements; and considering recommendations for changes in these requirements.
- General Education Subcommittee is led by the SCCA vice-chair and is comprised of nine (9) members including at least one member with expertise in GWS, GQ, GA, GH, GHW, GN, and GS, at least one non-University Park member, and a representative from the Undergraduate Education Committee. The subcommittee duties include: monitoring the General Education Program and making recommendations for assuring the delivery of effective general education as mandated in the General Education legislation; reviewing all General Education course proposals and forwarding recommendations to the SCCA; and developing, revising, and editing official University publications that provide information about General Education.
- Integrative Studies Subcommittee is led by the SCCA vice-chair and is comprised of at least three (3) members of the General Education Subcommittee, at least one member with expertise in GWS, GQ, GA, GH, GHW, GN, and GS, at least one non-University Park member, and a representative from the Undergraduate Education Committee. The subcommittee duties include: overseeing the implementation of the Integrative Studies requirement in the undergraduate curriculum; periodically reviewing and revising, as necessary, guidelines for courses intended to fulfill this requirement; and accepting and reviewing proposals for integrative coursework year-round and forward recommendations to the SCCA.
- Retention & Transfer Subcommittee is comprised of five (5) members including representatives from the University Registrar, Undergraduate Education Committee, and Senate Committee on Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid. The subcommittee duties include: reviewing, making recommendations and monitoring all holds on student admissions to programs and special or more restrictive academic requirements for entrance into a college, major or minor, and/or for retention in a program, consistent with general academic guidelines established by the Committee on Undergraduate Education.
- United States and International Cultures Subcommittee is comprised of ten (10) members including Vice Provost for Educational Equity, representative for Office of Undergraduate Education, representative for Undergraduate Education Committee, and Associate VP for International Programs. The subcommittee duties include: periodically reviewing and revising, as necessary, guidelines for courses intended to fulfill this requirement; and reviewing proposals for courses under this requirement and forwarding recommendations to the SCCA.
- Writing Subcommittee is comprised of ten (10) members including a representative for Office of Undergraduate Education, representative for Undergraduate Education Committee, and the Department of English. The subcommittee duties include: overseeing and reviewing the implementation of Writing Across the Curriculum in the undergraduate curriculum; periodically reviewing and revising guidelines for writing-intensive courses; and reviewing all writing-intensive course proposals and forwarding recommendations to the SCCA.
The SCCA typically meets at 8:30am in 102 Kern Building on the morning of each slated Faculty Senate assembly, though the committee may occasionally meet approximately one week prior to expedite the curricular process. Members should expect the SCCA meeting to be approximately 2 hours in length, and longer if the University Curriculum Report is unusually large. Due to the complexity of curricular review, the SCCA typically holds an orientation prior to the start of the Fall semester.
Senate Curriculum Report, published seven (7) times per year
Relevant Policies and Procedures and Other Resources Routinely Referenced by SCCA
A number of resources are available and may be helpful for the routine operations of the SCCA. Some commonly referenced materials are listed below.
- Academic Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual (AAPPM): The AAPPM (http://undergrad.psu.edu/aappm/ ) provides guidance on the implementation of Senate and University policies and procedures concerning undergraduate education. In particular, some useful procedures include:
- Undergraduate Curricular Procedures (http://undergrad.psu.edu/aappm/P-curricular-procedures.html ) for programs and courses.
- Degree Programs, Options, Other Programs (http://undergrad.psu.edu/aappm/M-degree-programs.html ) such as concurrent majors, intercollege programs, and education abroad.
- Graduation Requirements (http://undergrad.psu.edu/aappm/L-graduation-requirements.html ) such as first-year seminar, entrance to minor, degree audits, and issues of retention.
- Senate Curriculum Resources and Publications (https://senate.psu.edu/curriculum/ ): Several resources are available via the Senate website. Useful resources include:
- Guide to Curricular Procedures (https://senate.psu.edu/curriculum/guide-to-curricular-procedures/ ) addresses issues in curriculum including: majors, minors, and options; course adds, drops, and changes; BA requirements; first-year seminar and engagement; general education; university US/IL and Writing Across the Curriculum; and cites Senate policies regarding curriculum.
- Curricular Consultation (https://senate.psu.edu/curriculum/guide-to-curricular-procedures/glossary/#consultation-statement ) guidelines are housed in the Guide to Curricular Procedures and offer suggested consultation for course and program adds, changes, and drops.
- Senate Curriculum Reports (https://senate.psu.edu/curriculum/senate-curriculum-reports/ ) list all programs and course under review for the given time period.
- Curricular Deadlines (https://senate.psu.edu/curriculum/curricular-deadlines/ ) are listed for the current academic year including proposal due dates to reach Senate to be published on the current Senate Curriculum Report and SCCA meeting dates.
- The Curricular Flow Process (https://senate.psu.edu/curriculum/26829-2/ ) is representative of various stages of proposal movement with an appreciation for consultation throughout the university. It is important to note that some departments and colleges may have differing procedures within the initial stages, but the signatory placements are uniform.
- LionPATH (https://www.lionpath.psu.edu ) is useful for viewing current course descriptions and course prerequisites as well as viewing specific campus offerings.
- Curriculum Review and Consultation System (https://curriculum.psu.edu/ ) is the system used to submit, review, and perform consultation for all programs and courses.
- The Division of Undergraduate Studies Undergraduate Advising Handbook (http://handbook.psu.edu/ ) includes links to abundant information including, but not limited to the AAPPM, the university bulletin, degree requirements, general education, and faculty senate policies.
SENATE COMMITTEE ON CURRICULAR AFFAIRS
- Asad Azemi
- Michael Bartolacci
- Raymonde Browne
- Colleen Connolly-Ahern
- Michele Duffey, Chair
- Marc Friedenberg
- James Jaap, Co-Vice Chair
- Paul Kalapos
- Lawrence Kass
- Kenneth Keiler
- William Kenyon
- Suzanna Linn, Co-Vice Chair
- Robert Melton
- Judith Ozment
- Timothy Palmer
- Mari Pierce
- Julia Plummer
- Lisa Posey
- Felisa Preciado
- Ljubisa Radovic
- Ling Rothrock
- Robert Shannon
- Richard Singer
- Jennifer Sliko
- Rodney Troester