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

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.

II. The Functions of the Curriculum Committee

  1. The Curriculum Committee functions are as follows:
    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 of existing programs, including reviewing Notices of Intent.
    5. Review General Education offerings on a rotating basis and propose revisions to General Education Criteria.
    6. Consult with convening groups 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 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.

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. Academic Skills
    2. Agriculture
    3. Business
    4. English, Languages and Philosophy
    5. Fine Arts
    6. Health Science and Human Services
    7. Information Technology
    8. Trade and Industry
    9. Library and Information Science
    10. Biology
    11. Math, Engineering and Computer Science
    12. Education
    13. Physical Science
    14. Social Science
    15. Nursing
    16. Student Advising Center
  2. Ex Officio Non-voting Members:
    1. Executive Vice President/Chief Academic Officer
    2. Instructional Deans
    3. Dean of Students
    4. Director of Admissions and Records
    5. One student nominated by the Student Senate (one-year term only)
    6. Parliamentarian (appointed at the discretion of the Chair)
  3. The Chair and Chair-elect are elected from the voting members.
  4. The Committee secretary is selected by the Chair and approved by the Executive Vice President/Chief Academic Officer.
  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 term of office for the Chair-elect will be the two years prior to taking the office of Chair. The voting members of the Committee will elect a Chair-elect at the March meeting during even numbered years. 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.
  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.
    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 major 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 a major change.
    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. Where 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. Hard copies of the minutes will be placed in the CSI library and an electronic copy will be posted to the College’s Curriculum Committee web site.

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 paperwork for each meeting will be circulated to the Committee members 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 paperwork 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.
  6. The Committee reviews and makes recommendations concerning all new curriculum and programs.
    1. The basic criteria for the introduction of new courses and programs includes a and b or a, b, and c below:
      1. It will fulfill a students need for his/her respective program, General Education requirements, will satisfy the requests of members of the community for particular technical or business occupations, or will contribute to the enrichment of student life.
      2. It has qualified instructors available.
      3. It is designed for transfer and meets the needs of students on the freshman or sophomore level at their transfer institution.
    2. Approved proposals will be forwarded to the Executive Vice President/ Chief Academic Officer by the Committee Chair along with all accompanying paperwork. Final approval will be made by the Executive Vice President/Chief Academic Officer.
    3. Rejected proposals will be returned to the originator with an explanation of the reason for rejection.
    4. Procedure for recommending General Education course approval:
      1. A course must be offered for two semesters before applying for General Education designation. If recommended for approval, the course will be inserted in the catalog under “General Education
        Core Courses” beginning in the next fall term.
      2. Proposals seeking “General Education” distinction must include the appropriate paperwork. Please see Appendix A.
      3. If the course already exists in the CSI curriculum, it is necessary to fill out the General Education evaluation and request General
        Education approval at a regular monthly meeting.
  1. 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.
    1. insufficient student demand for a particular course or program.
    2. a change in curriculum requirements in a specific major field for which the College offers parallel courses.
    3. lack of funding.

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

  1. 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.