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Policy Issues for Academic Courses


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Periodic Review of Course Information by Sponsoring Units


The following policy has been adopted with regard to periodic review of course outline information:

All course outlines will be reviewed by the department every five years and revised as necessary to reflect the current content. Where significant changes are made, changes to the course topics, textbooks, and any other affected aspects of the course must be submitted. SCEP and Programs and Academic Assessment request deans, directors, and department heads to encourage this updating procedure in individual units.

Rationale: In 1982 the Senate Committee on Academic Program adopted the following policy statement as part of its Scope and Mission: All course outlines will be reviewed by the department every five years and revised as necessary to reflect the current content. Where significant changes have been made, a new course outline must be submitted. SCAP requests deans, directors, and department heads to implement this updating procedure.

Course outlines quickly become outdated. It is in the campus' best interest to have a centralized inventory of updated course information in order to provide students, the campus community, and outside agencies and accreditation organizations with accurate course information.

It is anticipated that the modified course approval system will have an automated mechanism to remind units when courses need to be updated. It will be the responsibility of the department, however, to perform the review and submit changes and updates as necessary.

The schedule for the review and update of undergraduate and graduate courses will be staggered in order to alleviate pressure on the departments. The review cycle will be advertised to units so that they can make appropriate plans to undertake the review.

Endorsed by the Senate Committee on Educational Policy (SCEP) on April 13, 1999.