Course Proposals & Curriculum Committee
Please note that the Help Desk does NOT provide oversight or assistance with this process or system. For assistance with course proposals or with the online Curriculum Inventory Management (CIM) system, please get in touch with us via our support webpage.
Please review all the below documentation prior to submitting course proposals through the CIM system. Incorrect/incomplete course proposals may result in the proposal being sent back for revisions prior to consideration by approvers in the workflow. Delayed workflow could potentially result in the proposal not reaching the Curriculum Committee for consideration this year. The link to the CIM system is at the end of this web page.
About the Curriculum Committee
The University Curriculum Committee has primary responsibility for coordinating curricula across the University’s academic components. Its role is based on the premise that primary responsibility for the curriculum rests with the faculty in each academic unit in each college. As a result, TWU’s curriculum represents a diversity of programs to meet student needs within a unified whole that requires coordination among academic components.
The University Curriculum Committee Membership is composed of faculty members and a representative of the Library nominated by the Faculty Senate Committee Selection Committee and appointed by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. One undergraduate student is nominated by the Vice President for Student Life, and one graduate student is appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School. A representative of the Academic Council is designated by the Academic Council. Ex-officio members include the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice Provost for Curriculum and Strategic Initiatives, the Dean of the Graduate School, the Registrar, and the Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology.
The work of the University Curriculum Committee is facilitated by the Office of Curriculum and Strategic Initiatives. Committee members carry out Curriculum Committee Liaison Assignments [PDF] to assist academic components with their proposals to the committee.
The TWU Curriculum Committee Handbook details the description and membership of the Curriculum Committee, guidelines for university curriculum management, review criteria for course proposals, instructions for submitting new or modified course proposals, and the course deactivation and reactivation process.
2023-24 Curriculum Committee Documents
Round 2 - Friday, December 1, 2023
Round 1 - Friday, October 27, 2023
Organizational Meeting - Friday, September 22, 2023
For details and deadlines regarding degree program proposals please visit the Program Proposals website.
Course proposals take an average of 8-10 weeks to be reviewed and approved through the online workflow steps before reaching the Curriculum Committee for consideration. Additional workflow time may be required for proposals that are also being proposed for Core or Global Perspectives consideration. Please submit your courses far enough in advance to allow for adequate review time. Proposals must complete the approval workflow and reach the Curriculum Committee Review step 2 weeks prior to the below meeting dates to be included. If approved, courses may be effective the semester identified below.
Curriculum Committee Meetings
The Curriculum Committee will consider four rounds of course proposals during the academic year. Meetings are hybrid and a videoconference invitation will be sent to all faculty and staff prior to meetings for those who wish to participate virtually.
|Description||Date||Location & Time||Course may
|Organizational||Friday, September 22, 2023||MCL 501 @ 2-4 pm||NA|
|Round 1||Friday, October 27, 2023||MCL 501 @ 2-4 pm||Spring 2023|
|Round 2||Friday, December 1, 2023||MCL 501 @ 2-4 pm||Spring 2023|
|Round 3||Friday, February 9, 2024||MCL 501 @ 2-4 pm||Summer 2023|
|Round 4||Friday, April 5, 2024||MCL 501 @ 2-4 pm||Fall 2023|
Approved courses will not be available for early registration in the above-noted semesters.
How to Prepare in Advance / About Submitting Proposals
These documents may help you prepare the information needed for a new or modified course proposal in advance of submission in the Course Inventory Management system.
- CIM Proposal Template - a screenshot of all the fields in the new proposal form.
- CIM Proposal Help Bubbles - the information from the help bubbles next to each form field.
Note that the CIM system allows users to save proposals prior to submission to the workflow for consideration. Saved proposals are accessible by all faculty to allow for collaborative creation and modification prior to submission. Once submitted, a course proposal cannot be modified by faculty unless rolled-back to the start of the workflow by the approvers in the workflow or the system administrator.
Helpful Proposal Information
- Guidelines for Well-written Student Learning Outcomes - Guidelines for the writing of student learning outcomes as developed by faculty of the SLOs Guidance Task Force (updated April 2018). For SLO assistance, please contact Dr. Terry Senne, Director of Academic Assessment at firstname.lastname@example.org or 81-3029.
- TWU Course Inventory SQL Report - To reactivate a course, contact OEVP. If a course has been deactivated for an extended period of time, it may require resubmission through the Curriculum Committee for approval. Please contact OSAP if you need assistance with this report.
- THECB CIP Codes Website
Guidelines for Well-written Student Learning Outcomes
Please carefully review the Guidelines for Well-written Student Learning Outcomes [PDF], as SLOs frequently require the most revisions prior to Curriculum Committee approval. These guidelines were developed by the faculty of the SLOs Guidance Task Force. For SLO assistance, please contact Dr. Gray Scott, Director of Academic Assessment and Accreditation at email@example.com or 81-2327.
Writing SLOs for Course Proposals Workshop
The Office of Academic Assessment offers the workshop, “Writing SLOs for Course Proposals,” each Fall semester to prepares faculty to create well-written student learning outcomes (SLOs) statements when submitting new or modified course proposals to the TWU Curriculum Committee.
Faculty should review the Guidelines for Well-written Student Learning Outcomes. These guidelines are current and should be used when developing course SLOs to increase the likelihood of receiving SLOs approval.
If you were unable to attend, you can still view the recording of the workshop on YouTube.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Gray Scott, Director of Academic Assessment and Accreditation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 81-2327.
Using the TWU Curriculum Inventory Management System (CIM)
The TWU Curriculum Inventory Management (CIM) system has been designed to be as user-friendly as possible, with forms containing simple fields to complete. Most fields have a help bubble with additional guidance on the information that needs to be submitted. Please check the help bubbles as you work on your proposals! You can also find additional technical system functionality guidance on the TWU's Curriculum Inventory Management (CIM) and Catalog (CAT) System Guide. For additional assistance, please contact us via our Curriculum Support webpage.
The Administrator Approval Process
All new and modified course proposals require approval from Academic Component and College administrators prior to being considered by the Curriculum Committee. The system allows these administrators to approve, roll-back, make edits to, and/or comment on course proposals. Administrators can receive one-on-one training on how to utilize the CIM system by contacting Scott Martin in OEVP at email@example.com or 940-898-3508.
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