The purpose of the Curriculum Committee is to ensure the academic integrity of Snow College and to promote the continuous improvement of its educational programs.
The Curriculum Committee is a standing committee of the Faculty Senate. The voting body consists of one member elected from each teaching division (excluding senators and deans), a Senate representative appointed by the Faculty Senate, and the chair of the General Education Committee. The Vice President for Academic Affairs is a non-voting member of the committee. The registrar’s office will appoint a non-voting member of the committee.
Elections will be completed prior to the first meeting of the fall semester. A Curriculum Committee member’s term of office shall be two years (renewable). If a committee member is unable to complete his or her term of office, that member’s division shall elect a replacement to complete the term. Temporary vacancies shall be filled by election or appointment by the division dean, as determined within each division.
Curriculum Committee membership is limited to six consecutive years, with at least two years between terms of additional service.
The General Education Committee oversees the General Education Program. The committee invites, initiates, reviews, and approves proposals made to the GE program’s outcomes and curriculum.
The Academic Standards Committee adjudicates issues involving academic sanctions against students. The committee reviews student appeals involving academic dishonesty and academic status. The committee may also review policies and make recommendations for policy changes in these areas. The committee also rules on petitions to exceptions to academic policies.
The committee will elect a division representative for a one-year (renewable) term as chair at or before the first meeting each fall. A committee member shall have served the previous year on the committee to be eligible to be elected as its chair.
The chair will have the duty to call the committee into session, preside over the meeting, and provide an agenda. In the event of the absence of the chair, the chair will designate an interim chair from the other division representatives on the committee. The chair will designate a recorder who will record and publish minutes and keep a file of all matters considered and decided by the committee. The chair will ensure that the minutes of the Curriculum Committee are readily available to any interested members of the campus community. The chair also has the duty to see that the campus community is informed of any important policy updates passed by the committee.
The chair will frequently invite interested members of the campus community to meet with the committee on an ad hoc basis. Any person or persons may request to be placed on the agenda for the purpose of addressing the committee on an issue.
When appropriate, the chair of the committee will coordinate with the Vice President for Academic Affairs to see that in-service training in curriculum development is provided for the members of the committee, including visits and consultation with curriculum officers and committees at nearby colleges and universities, and attendance at conferences where training and new approaches to curriculum development are available.
Any voting member of the committee can make a motion. Each voting member of the committee will have one vote on motions. In order to pass a motion, at least fifty percent of the committee, or four voting members, must be present. A motion passed by a majority of the voting members of the committee (not just a majority of those present) will constitute academic policy unless additional approval is mandated.
To preserve the academic integrity of the college, the Curriculum Committee carries out the following duties:
Policies for appeals are found in the Senate governing documents.
Procedures for amending the Curriculum Committee Constitution shall be as follows:
The Curriculum Committee drafts its own bylaws covering day-to-day operations, schedules, and procedures.