Curriculum development

Purpose

The purpose of this Policy is to provide a consistent framework for the creation, deletion and modification of courses and academic programs at Lynn University.

Policy

The following steps outline the curriculum development process:

  1. New courses, new programs or modifications to existing courses and programs generally begin with the faculty of a department or program.
    1. The first step in the process is to have the developed proposal discussed and approved by the department offering the course and/or program.
      1. Note: New curricula or modifications to existing curricula should be tied to program, College, and University learning outcomes and developed with consideration of the strategic action plan created during the most recent program review.
    2. Dialogue planning undergoes separate and parallel review by the Dialogue and Core planning committee.
    3. Dialogue planning undergoes separate and parallel review by the Dialogue and Core planning committee.
  1. After department approval, curricular proposals are reviewed and approved by the Curriculum and Academic Standard Committee of the college within which the department proposing the new or modified curriculum resides. After this review, the Dean of the College must review and approve or disapprove all curricular proposals.
  2. Once College Curriculum and Academic Standard Committee and Dean approval has been obtained, the proposals are submitted to the Curriculum and Academic Standards Committee for review and recommendations.
  3. Curriculum and Academic Standards Committee forwards the proposal to the Office of Academic Affairs and their comments supplement those received from the Deans Council.
  4. After the proposal is submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs for review, recommendations are made to the Academic Council.
  5. Vice President for Academic Affairs forwards the approved change to the President and Registrar.
  6. All substantive curriculum proposals are subject to and will not be considered in effect until approved by the Board of Trustees and President of Lynn University.

Definitions

Not Applicable.

Procedures/Guidelines

I. Responsibilities and Roles

A. The Role of the Faculty in Regard to Curriculum

The full-time faculty has a professional responsibility to define and offer a curriculum of the highest academic quality. In some fields, this professional responsibility is exercised within accrediting guidelines developed and enforced by professional associations. This professional responsibility cannot, by its very nature, be delegated. The faculty, charged by their College Dean therefore, has primary responsibility for making curricular recommendations to the Curriculum and Academic Standards Committee. Faculty appropriately have this responsibility because they possess the expertise to judge best whether courses, majors, and programs adhere to scholarly standards.

Curricular matters for which faculty should make recommendations are:

  1. The initiation of new academic courses and programs, and the discontinuance of academic courses and programs;
  2. Course content, including choice of texts, syllabus design, assignments, course organization, and methods of evaluating students;
  3. The designation of courses as degree or non-degree applicable, lower or upper division, or graduate level;
  4. The adoption, deletion, or modification of requirements for degree major programs, minor programs, formal concentrations within programs, credential programs, and certificate programs.

B. The Role of the Colleges

Colleges should appoint a Curriculum and Academic Standard Committee, with representation from all departments, to review the proposals being forwarded by each department. Each College and the Conservatory should have two representatives from their College Curriculum and Academic Standards Committee on the University Curriculum and Academic Standards Committee, of which one should be the Chairperson of the College Committee. On matters requiring a vote, each College receives one vote.

C. The Role of the College Curriculum Chairs

Each college, in accordance with accepted policy, should select a person experienced in the curricular process to serve as Chair of the college Curriculum and Academic Standard Committee. The Chair should have knowledge of the department and college/program curricular processes. Chairs will be responsible for submitting all curricular changes, revisions, additions, and deletions to their Dean for action.

D. The Role of the College Curriculum and Academic Standard Committees

The college Curriculum and Academic Standard Committee is responsible for reviewing all proposals from departments within the college for their academic merit and relationship to the undergraduate and graduate programs (where applicable) of other departments and the college as a whole. The committee shall also be responsible for reviewing proposals to avoid duplication across departments in other colleges/programs for maximum utilization of resources.

Notifications, such as course title or course number changes and minor changes to the course description, will be decided on by the College Curriculum and Academic Standard Committee and be sent directly by the College Dean to the Registrar.

E. The Role of the Deans

Deans should send annually to the Curriculum and Academic Standards Committee Chair a list of all newly appointed curriculum chairs. Every curricular proposal shall be submitted by the University Curriculum and Academic Standard Committee to the Dean of the College for approval or disapproval. The Dean's approval shall be based on the determination that the proposal is consistent with plans for the long-range development of the College and University, that all resource implications of the proposal (teaching positions, space, equipment, supplies, staff) have been considered carefully, and that resources are available and committed for new courses and/or programs.

F. The Role of the University Curriculum and Academic Standards Committee

All final curriculum proposals will be submitted by the proposing College to the Curriculum and Academic Standards Committee.

The Curriculum and Academic Standards Committee will review all proposals for academic merit, consistent rigor, and potential overlap and/or duplication with existing courses and programs, and make recommendations. (Changes in course coding/numbers should be referred directly to the registrar.)

The Curriculum and Academic Standards Committee will forward its recommendations directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and to the Academic Council.

G. The Role of the President and Board of Trustees

All final curriculum proposals are subject to and will not be considered in effect until approved by the Board of Trustees and President of Lynn University.

To learn more about this policy or the supporting procedures, please contact Academic Affairs.

Policy updated on: Oct. 24, 2018