Chapter 8: Standing Rules CC

Standing Rules of the Curriculum Committee



8.1 Membership and Attendance

8.1.1 Composition

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The Committee shall consist of twenty-seven members.

  • Faculty. Eighteen faculty appointed for staggered three-year terms by the Executive Council of the Academic Senate.
  • Administrators. Six administrators appointed for staggered three-year terms by the Chancellor or his/her designee.
  • Students. Two students appointed for one-year by the Executive Council of the Associated Students.
  • Classified. One classified staff person appointed for a two-year term by the SEIU.

Appointments. At the final Committee meeting of each academic year, the Committee’s main item of business will be to seat new members and to elect a Chairperson for the coming academic year, thus providing necessary continuity and providing for efficient operation of the Committee.


8.1.2 Faculty

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Executive Council of the Academic Senate names faculty appointees to the Committee. Ideally, faculty appointees are made at the end of the academic year for terms starting the following year. Faculty members can serve no more than two consecutive terms.


Faculty appointments are proportional and categorical by representative groups, as outlined below.

The Senate maintains a balance of credit and noncredit faculty, of full-time and part-time faculty, always assuring that full-time faculty hold a majority of the seats. The Senate also strives to have appointments that reflect faculty diversity.

Group | Membership | Description

  • Group A | Membership: 3 | Behavioral Science, Social Science, Business
  • Group B | Membership: 3 | Engineering, Mathematics, Sciences
  • Group C | Membership: 3 | English, English as a Second Language, Foreign Languages
  • Group D | Membership: 3 | Physical Education and Dance, Visual Arts, Performing Arts
  • Group E | Membership: 3 | Professional Occupations
  • Group F | Membership: 2 | Student Services, Special Programs
  • Group G | Membership: 1 | Library, Learning Resources

Appointments. Faculty members who are interested in serving on the Curriculum Committee can contact the Academic Senate office or an executive council member.


8.1.3 Administrators

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The Chancellor will name his/her six appointees, two per year, to the Committee no later than one week prior to the last published business meeting of the Committee. Administrators are appointed for three-year terms. Traditionally, four administrative positions are appointed from the Academic Affairs chain with the Associate Vice Chancellor of Instructional Support Services as a permanent appointment. One administrative appointment is from Student Services. The sixth position is rotated between Academic Affairs and Student Services.


8.1.4 Students

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As students are appointed by the Associated Students, it shall be the duty of the Committee chairperson to contact the AS President at the beginning of the fall semester to request appointment of students. At the first Committee meeting of the academic year, student members will be seated.


8.1.5 Classified

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The SEIU will name their appointee to the Committee no later than one week prior to the last published business meeting of the Committee. The classified member is appointed for a three-year term.


8.1.6 Replacement

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If a member cannot complete the term of appointment, the appointing body will appoint a replacement member to complete the original term. Once a member completes a replacement term, said member is eligible for appointment to his or her own term(s).

These procedures will allow the Committee time to invite appointees to its final meeting, a personnel meeting at which seating and orientation of new members will occur and the Chairperson for the next year will be elected.


8.1.7 Orientation and Training

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Parts of Curriculum Committee meetings will be devoted to the orientation and training of new members. Review of the basic concepts of course outlines will be covered.


8.1.8 Mentoring

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The chair will assign a mentor to each new member. The new member and the mentor are to meet before and after the new member’s second Curriculum Committee meeting. At the mentor-mentee meeting the following items are to be covered:

  • Basics of reviewing outlines (all sections),
  • Review of the submission forms,
  • Review of several proposals,
  • Review of committee procedures (agenda, discussion, motions, minutes),
  • Review of committee actions.


8.1.9 Attendance

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Proper and efficient functioning of the Committee depends on regular attendance of the membership. To this end:

In the case of a member who is absent for two consecutive meetings and fails to appear at a third consecutive meeting, the Committee may vote to drop that member from the membership roster and request a new appointee from the appointing body.

The single exception to this rule is in the case of a faculty member who is awarded a one-semester leave. As long as said one-semester leave is not for the final semester of the faculty member’s service on the Committee, the Academic Senate Executive Council has ruled that the faculty member maintains his/her seat on the committee and does not forfeit his/her appointment.


8.1.10 Chair

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The chairperson is elected by the continuing members of the committee at the last meeting of the academic year. The chairperson of the Curriculum Committee is to be a faculty member of the Committee. The Dean of Curriculum will conduct the election of the chair.


8.2 Curriculum Committee Operating Procedures

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The following are the general rules of Committee:

Order. The Committee will conduct business in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order, except as modified below.

Time. The time for all regular meetings will be Wednesday beginning at 1:30 p.m. All regular business meetings of the Curriculum Committee are open.

Quorum. A quorum of members must be present to begin the meeting; once the meeting begins, the agenda will be completed unless the members present agree to postpone items under consideration.

Submission Deadlines. The deadline for submitting proposals is published at the beginning of the academic year, and is available on the Curriculum Committee web site and in the Office of Instruction. Only those proposals that are submitted by the appropriate deadline will be included on the agenda. See “8.3.2 Submission Deadlines” for details.

Curriculum Committee Proposals. All course and program proposals must be completed within CurricuNET and must supply all information requested. Instructions and help are provided within CurricuNET and later in this manual. Contact the Curriculum Committee Chair or Dean of Curriculum with questions.

Signatures/Approval. All proposals must receive approval from the department head and the school/area dean as needed.

Agenda. The agenda will be available no later than three days prior to the meeting.

Actions. Only items on the agenda may be dealt with at any meeting, except for items brought up at the meeting by members of the Committee.

Presentations. Department chairs shall be present at the meeting to provide the Committee with any additional information that it may require in order to act. Department chairs may bring appropriate discipline faculty in support of a proposal. Department chairs who have a scheduling conflict with a meeting may designate alternative lead presenters but shall inform the Curriculum Committee chair prior to the meeting of this designation. Presenters will be allowed five minutes to discuss their proposals.

Standing. Discipline faculty, department chairpersons, instructional administrators, and instructional coordinators have standing before the Committee and may make presentations. All other presenters must be granted standing by the chair or by the committee.

Final action. After a proposal has been made to the Committee and a decision has been reached, the Committee will not reconsider the action during the same academic year.

Tabling. A tabled item is not brought up for further discussion under Robert’s Rules of Order. However, the Curriculum Committee reserves the right to reschedule a tabled item to a future agenda.

Content Overlap. Every reasonable attempt is to be made to settle controversial matters before proposals are brought to the Committee. See “2.1.4 Content Overlap” for details.

Copyright. Copyright of all course outlines approved by the Committee is the function of the Office of Instruction.

Conformance. As mandated departmental review of course offerings takes place, the Committee will ensure that course outlines are prepared on approved forms and will review those outlines to ensure compliance with Title 5 regulations.

Final approval. The Committee Chair will sign all Standards and Criteria Forms after they have been approved by the Committee with any stipulations on approval corrected by the department, prior to their filing with the Office of Instruction.

Minutes. The Committee will share its agendas and approved minutes with department chairs and faculty (through email) and the entire college (through its website). 

Handbook. The Curriculum Handbook will normally be updated at the beginning of the academic year. See “Appendix A: Change Log” for details.


8.3 Calendar Planning, Deadlines, and Agenda Structure

8.3.1 Calendar Planning

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Towards the end of the Spring semester the Curriculum Committee chair and the Dean of Curriculum work with the President of the Academic Senate to determine the schedule of meetings for the following academic year. Calendars are coordinated so that, ideally, meetings of the Curriculum Committee, the Academic Senate Executive Council, and the Bipartite Committee on Graduation Requirements are scheduled so as not to conflict.

The Curriculum Committee meets 13-14 times during the academic year. The first meeting of the Fall semester and the last meeting of the Spring semester are business meetings. No proposal agenda items are entertained during those meetings.

The Dean of Curriculum works with the Scheduling Office to determine appropriate deadlines for the approval of new courses that are to appear in a subsequent time schedule.


8.3.2 Submission Deadlines

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The submission deadline for proposals to be placed on the agenda for the next scheduled Curriculum Committee meeting is four weeks prior to the meeting. It generally takes two weeks for a proposal to make it through the Technical Review part of the process, and that provides the Committee Chair with 2 weeks to prepare all proposals for committee consideration. All proposals should be sumitted prior to the agenda submission deadline. Deadlines may be adjusted based on the academic calendar. All deadlines are published on the Curriculum Committee calendar and on the Curriculum Committee web site. *NOTE: Proposals will make it through the approval process only as quickly as approvers and originators can respond to requests. Do not wait until the last minute to submit your proposal. If you want a class to be approved by a particular deadline, submit early, and check your submission regularly to monitor where it is in the queue and remind approvers to get on to CurricuNET and approve, so they don't hold it up.


8.3.3 Agenda Structure

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General Meetings

The agenda of a Curriculum Committee meeting may include the items in Table 8-2 as needed. The order in which some items appear is determined by the chair.

Item | Description

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcements
  3. Correspondence
  4. Approval of Minutes of the Previous Meeting
  5. Unfinished Business -- Proposals tabled at a prior meeting
  6. New Business -- New Proposals
  7. Approval of Prerequisite, Corequisite, and Advisory Recommendations
  8. Informational Items
  9. Other Business -- Presentations, orientation, discussion of general items.
  10. Adjournment


Initial Meeting

The agenda of the first meeting of the academic year will include the following items:

  • Seating of new members
  • Appointing of mentors for new members
  • Training on standalone course approval, as mandated by Title 5

No new proposals are considered at the first meeting.


Final meeting

The agenda of the final meeting of the academic year (May) will include the following items:

  • Unfinished business (from prior meetings).
  • Recognition of departing members.
  • Seating of new members.
  • Appointing of mentors for new members.
  • Adoption of the calendar for the next year.
  • Election of the chairperson for the next year.
  • Pre-approval of the current minutes.
  • Orientation of new members.

No new proposals are considered at the final meeting.


8.3.4 Publication of the Agenda

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Copies of the agenda for the next meeting are distributed via email to department chairs and faculty and made available to the entire college community through the website.


8.4 Curriculum Policy for Community Service Offerings

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The following are the rules of Committee regarding community service offerings:

Authorization to offer. The Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs may authorize community service offerings to be offered.

Quality of offerings. Community service offerings must meet an appropriate standard of excellence.

One-time offering. Community service offerings not intended to be repeated need only be presented to the Curriculum Committee.

Occasional offering. For community service offerings intended to be offered on an occasional basis, an outline must be on file with the Curriculum Committee.

Regular offering. Community service offerings intended to be offered on a regular basis must come before the Curriculum Committee for full review.


8.5 Curriculum Policy for Contract Education

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Approval (credit). All contract education courses that are offered for college credit must be approved by the Curriculum Committee prior to being offered. However, if the contract education course is identical to an existing approved course and the department of origin agrees to and staffs the contract education course no additional Curriculum Committee approval is necessary prior to the course being offered as contract education.

Semester report. A list of all credit courses and not-for-credit offerings being offered under contract education must be submitted to the Curriculum Committee each semester for informational purposes.

One-time offering. The course outline of a new, not-for-credit contract education offering that is not intended to be repeated will be submitted to the Curriculum Committee as an informational item.

Irregular offering. If a not-for-credit contract education offering is to be offered on an irregular basis and is tailored to meet the needs of specific clients, a generic course outline will be submitted to the Curriculum Committee as an informational item.

Regular offering. All not-for-credit contract education offerings that are to be offered on a regular basis must first be reviewed by any and all departments that offer similar content and then be submitted for approval to the Curriculum Committee prior to being offered. If circumstances make it impossible to obtain Curriculum Committee approval prior to the date at which the offering is needed (e.g. during the summer), the Dean for Contract Education will obtain in writing the temporary approval of the Chair of the Curriculum Committee and will submit the offering for review and approval at the next available opportunity.