CSI Curriculum Committee


Approved 12/1/99
Amended 3/4/2003 Section III
Amended 5/19/03 Section VI: F4

Amended 10/6/11 All Sections

Amended 11/4/2015 All Sections

Amended 05/04/2016 All Sections

I. Purpose

  1. The Curriculum Committee is a representative body within the College of Southern Idaho that reviews and approves all curriculum and program requirements. The Committee recommends action to Faculty, Departments and the Executive Vice President/Chief Academic Officer. The Committee is ultimately responsible to the Executive Vice President/Chief Academic Officer.
  2. The College of Southern Idaho is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and as such is bound by NWCCU standards including NWCCU policy 2.C.5 which states that faculty “exercise a major role in the design, approval, implementation, and revision of the curriculum.” The Curriculum Committee provides the mechanism by which College faculty participate in these processes.

II. The Functions of the Curriculum Committee

  1. Recommend the approval of new courses.
  2. Recommend the approval of major changes in existing courses.
  3. Recommend the discontinuance of courses.
  4. Recommend approval of new academic and technical programs and discontinuance or inactivation of existing programs, including reviewing Program Proposals.
  5. Review General Education offerings and propose revisions to General Education
  6. Consult with stakeholders on curricular issues.
  7. Assist in resolving interdepartmental curricular problems.
  8. Guard against undue proliferation and duplication of course offerings.
  9. Analyze and make recommendations concerning curricular matters relating to the articulation of courses/programs to other Idaho higher education institutions using State Board of Education guidelines and policies
  10. Promote coordination and efficiency of the College curriculum on behalf of faculty and students.
  11. Ensure that all new courses and programs have documented and measurable student learning outcomes.

III. The Membership of the Curriculum Committee

  1. Membership of the Committee includes all Department Chairs and Division Directors, as appointed by the Executive Vice President/Chief Academic Officer, including voting members from:
      1. Agriculture
      2. Business
      3. English, Languages and Philosophy
      4. Visual, Performing and Liberal Arts
      5. Health Science and Human Services
      6. Information Technology
      7. Trade and Industry
      8. Library and Information Science
      9. Biology
      10. Math, Engineering and Computer Science
      11. Education
      12. Physical Science
      13. Social Science
      14. Registered Nursing
      15. Health, Recreation, and Fitness
      16. Student Advising Services
      17. Registrar
  2. Ex Officio Non-voting Members:
      1. Executive Vice President/Chief Academic Officer
      2. Instructional Deans
      3. Associate Deans
      4. Director of Admissions
      5. Director of Adult Basic Education (College Readiness Center)
      6. One student nominated by the Student Senate (one-year term only)
      7. Parliamentarian (appointed at the discretion of the Chair)
  3. The Chair and Chair-elect are elected from the voting members.
      1. The Chair schedules and presides over meetings, sets the time and place of meetings, sets agendas, receives and distributes requests for Committee action, and forwards Committee actions and recommendations to the Executive Vice President/Chief Academic Officer for final disposition.
      2. The Chair-elect assumes leadership of the Committee in the event of the Chairs absence. In the event that the office of the Chair falls vacant, the Chair-elect assumes the office.
  4. The Committee secretary is selected and approved by the Executive Vice President/Chief Academic Officer.
      1. The Committee secretary is responsible for the preparation of the minutes of all meetings and is the custodian of the records of the Committee. He/she is responsible for giving notice of meetings and for posting approved minutes on the College website (see V.F. below).
  5. Additional member responsibilities:
      1. Each member will provide a qualified replacement when he/she cannot attend. In the case of the absence of a voting member, the replacement may vote with a written proxy from the absent member or with prior permission from the Chair.

IV. Terms of Office

  1. The term of office for the Chair is two years.
  2. The voting members of the Committee will elect a Chair-elect during even numbered years.
      1. The term of office for the Chair-elect will be the two years prior to taking the office of Chair. In the event that the office of the Chair-elect falls vacant, a new Chair-elect will be voted on at the next regular meeting and will complete the term of office.
      2. Nominations for Chair-elect will be open for the month preceding the April meeting in even-numbered years. Any Curriculum committee member may nominate any other Curriculum Committee member or themselves. Nominees will be given the opportunity to accept or decline nomination at the April meeting. Voting will take place electronically prior to the May meeting and results will be presented at the May meeting.
  3. All regular terms of service will begin with the first Committee meeting of a new academic year.
  4. A parliamentarian from an outside source may be appointed by the Chair or by request of the membership.

V. Meetings

  1. Regular curriculum committee meetings will be held the first Wednesday of the month unless otherwise cancelled by the Committee Chair.
  2. Additional meetings will be scheduled at the discretion of the Chair.
  3. Meetings will be open and visitors have the opportunity to speak on any item on the agenda.
  4. Voting
      1. No meeting of the Committee will be official if less than a simple majority of its voting members is present.
      2. All matters before the Committee, other than a suspension of the rules of the Committee, will be decided by a simple majority vote of the members present. Suspension of Committee rules requires a two-thirds majority of those members present and the approval of the EVP/CAO.
      3. On all agenda items requiring a vote, a 30-day wait after the first reading of the item will be imposed prior to bringing the item back to the Committee for a vote of acceptance or rejection.
      4. If the department submitting a proposal to the Committee makes a substantive change in the proposal between the first reading of the proposal and the meeting at which the proposal is to be voted on, an additional 30-day wait may be required. The Chair has the discretion of determining whether or not a change is considered to be substantive.
      5. The Committee normally considers curricular matters only at meetings of the membership. Only actions of minor consequence that demonstrate urgency maybe submitted for a decision by polling individual members by personal contact, telephone, or electronic communication. A decision to resort to individual polling must be made by the Chair with the concurrence of at least two other Committee members. Only the secretary will undertake polling among the members.
      6. The Chair casts a vote only to break a tie.
  5. For Your Information (FYI) items submitted to the Committee do not require a committee vote. Please see Appendix A for a list of items that are considered to by FYI items. When the distinction between an FYI item and Voting item is unclear, the Chair will determine what type of action the item requires.
  6. Minutes of the meeting are recorded by the Committee secretary. Minutes from the most recent meeting will be approved by the Committee at the start of each meeting. Approved minutes shall be forwarded to the Library Director for placement in the CSI library and a copy will be posted to the College’s Curriculum Committee web site.
      1. All transactions, votes, actions, and recommendations are to be documented in the minutes and subsequently approved by the Committee voting members.
      2. An annual summary of the proceedings with disposition (approval or denial) by the EVP/CAO is to be completed and posted on the College website at the end of each academic year and prior to the subsequent academic year.

VI. Procedures

  1. Roberts Rules of Order will be used in all meetings.
  2. Proposals and items of consideration must be submitted electronically to the Committee secretary nine calendar days in advance of the meeting. Normally this is the Monday of the week prior to the meeting. Items submitted after this deadline will not be placed on the agenda except as approved by the Chair.
  3. Proposed agendas and necessary forms and documentation for each meeting will be made available to the full Committee membership at least five calendar days in advance of each meeting.
  4. A proposal will be placed on a meeting agenda only if it includes the proper forms and additional documentation completed accurately and fully. For a list of necessary forms and other paperwork please see Appendix A.
  5. The departmental representative will present the nature and merit of his/her department's proposal to the Committee on the first reading.
      1. The departmental representative may designate a specific faculty member or faculty team to conduct the presentation.
  6. The Committee reviews and makes recommendations concerning all new courses and programs.
      1. The basic criteria for the introduction of new courses includes at least one of the following:
        1. The course will fulfill General Education requirements according to College standards and outcomes along with Idaho State Board of Education requirements
        2. The course will satisfy the requests of members of the community for particular technical or business occupations
        3. The course will contribute to the enrichment of student life.
        4. The course is designed for transfer and meets the needs of students on the freshman or sophomore level at their transfer institution.
      2. The course must have qualified instructors available.
      3. New program proposals must be submitted according to all requirements of the State Board of Education (SBOE) Policy III.G. Program Approval and Discontinuance
  7. The procedure for recommending General Education course approval is:
      1. Proposed course is submitted to appropriate General Education Competency Group Team.
        1. Teams include:
          1. Written Communication
          2. Oral Communication
          3. Mathematical Ways of Knowing
          4. Scientific Ways of Knowing
          5. Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing
          6. Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing
          7. Wellness
          8. GNED 101
      1. Competency Group Teams assess whether or not the course appropriately meets the following requirements (for course-level outcomes):
        1. Idaho State Board of Education policy III.N. (GEM)
        2. CSI wellness outcomes
        3. GNED 101 competencies
      2. Courses evaluated by the Competency Group Teams are forwarded to the General Education Review Committee with a recommendation for or against approval.
      3. General Education Review Committee assesses whether or not the course appropriately meets the CSI General Education Program goals and supports the General Education Program outcomes.
      4. The Review Committee makes a recommendation for or against approval to the Curriculum Committee.
      5. Curriculum Committee vote for or against course approval.
      6. Final approval or denial as for all courses by the CAO.
  8. The Committee periodically reviews curriculum, revising or deleting when necessary. The basic criteria for course revision or deletion are:
      1. Lack of qualified faculty members to teach the course
      2. Insufficient student demand for a particular course or program
      3. A change in curriculum requirements in a specific major field for which the College offers parallel courses
      4. Financial exigency
  9. Approved proposals will be forwarded to the Executive Vice President/ Chief Academic Officer by the Committee Chair along with all accompanying forms and documentation. Final approval will be made by the Executive Vice President/Chief Academic Officer.
      1. Rejected proposals will be returned to the originator with an explanation of the reason for rejection and opportunity for corrective action
      2. The Curriculum Committee Chair will inform the Committee regarding any further action, rejection, or correction taken by the EVP/CAO.

VII. Ratification of and Amendments to the By-laws.

Amendments to the by-laws may be proposed by any member of the committee. An amendment must be submitted in writing to the Committee nine working days prior to the meeting. Passage of the amendment requires the approval of two-thirds of the members when a quorum is present and final approval by the EVP/CAO