Curriculum Committee

The Curriculum Committee reviews departmental programs and changes in curricula that contribute to the earning of degrees. The Curriculum Committee reviews proposals for new required courses, elective courses being offered for the second time, and substantive revisions to existing courses. Proposals and revisions to be reviewed by the Curriculum Committee follow the path of review established for all courses:

Department heads submit the required forms and supplementary materials (as noted below) to the respective dean; the dean forwards the forms, with his or her endorsement, to Academic Affairs for review.  Academic Affairs provides the Curriculum Committee with copies of the proposals and revisions.

 

After the committee has completed its review, the chair reports the committee recommendations to the appropriate department head.  Any courses or changes approved are implemented by the Registrar’s Office.

As part of its review of programs that contribute to the earning of degrees, the Curriculum Committee routinely meets with departments that recently produced self-study reports, hosted visiting committees, and submitted responses to visiting committee findings. These meetings enable the committee to discuss, and anticipate, important changes to curricula. Prior to a meeting with a particular department, the chair will extend an invitation to the department head and will ensure that committee members obtain copies of relevant documents. The dean of the division, and interested department faculty, are also invited to attend.

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Committee Structure
The committee is a subcommittee of the Instruction Committee, to which it reports its activities and recommendations.  The Curriculum Committee consists of five full-time faculty members, in any rank, which are nominated and elected by the faculty. At least one faculty member represents each division. The Registrar and the Vice Provost also serve as committee members, as do one Undergraduate Student Alliance representative and one Graduate Student Alliance representative. Annually, the Provost appoints the Chair of the committee from the faculty members that serve on the committee.

The committee is supported by Alice Geoffrey, ageoffre@risd.edu, 401-277-4946.