Constitution

  1. Purpose

    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.

  2. Membership

    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.

  3. Subcommittee

    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.

  4. Duties Of The Chair

    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.

  5. Powers Of The Members

    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.

  6. Duties Of The Committee

    To preserve the academic integrity of the college, the Curriculum Committee carries out the following duties:

    1. The committee employs and keeps abreast of best practices in curriculum development.
    2. The committee ensures that the curriculum meets high standards of rigor and excellence and is consistent with Utah System of Higher Education policy.
    3. The committee makes, reviews, and enforces policies regarding the creation, maintenance, modification, and elimination of all courses and academic programs.
    4. The committee invites, initiates, reviews, and approves proposals for the creation, modification, and elimination of courses, and academic programs; the committee may reject or return for correction any proposal that does not meet established standards or which violates the mission of the college.
    5. The committee makes, reviews, and enforces policies affecting academic integrity, such as add/drop, credit by examination, concurrent enrollment, and academic dishonesty.
    6. The committee oversees the regular assessment of courses, and academic programs.
    7. The committee cooperates with interested parties (such as deans, department chairs, and the Registrar) to ensure that its policies and demands are constructive and reasonable.
    8. The committee oversees and enforces the execution of curricular policy and coordinates with the Vice President for Academic Affairs whenever doing so is necessary to effect such enforcement or to carry out any of its duties.
    9. In collaboration with deans, the Registrar, and the VPAA, the committee has the responsibility of ensuring that a sufficient selection of program requirements are offered each semester.
    10. In coordination with the articulation officer, the committee oversees the articulation of courses, and academic programs.
    11. The committee hears and rules on appeals of decisions made by the Academic Standards Committee.
    12. The committee hears and rules on appeals of decisions made by the GE Committee.
    13. The committee creates subcommittees and delegates any of its aforementioned duties to them or to other appropriate bodies when doing so improves efficiency while maintaining academic integrity; an appropriate body in this context refers to any person, committee, or administrative unit that is ultimately accountable to the Faculty Senate or to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, or whose service as a delegate has been approved by the appropriate supervisor.
    14. The committee holds open meetings.
    15. The committee reserves the right to move into closed session as necessary.
  7. Appeals

    Policies for appeals are found in the Senate governing documents.

  8. Amendments

    Procedures for amending the Curriculum Committee Constitution shall be as follows:

    1. Amendments to this Constitution may be adopted at any regular business meeting of the Curriculum Committee. Proposals should be received by the chair as a written statement. The proposed changes shall be discussed and voted upon in a regular meeting according to the voting procedures above. To approve the proposed changes, two thirds of those in attendance will have to vote in the affirmative.
    2. The Curriculum Committee Constitution can be amended only by a formal vote of the committee. Approved amendments shall then be presented to the Faculty Senate as information items.
  9. Bylaws

    The Curriculum Committee drafts its own bylaws covering day-to-day operations, schedules, and procedures.

 

Approved: 1/28/2019
Revised: 2/8/2019