Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

Announcement from Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Chair:

The first meeting of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the 2016-2017 academic year was scheduled for Friday, September 16, but as no proposals were submitted, the meeting was cancelled. Meetings for the rest of the academic year 2016-2017 will take place in CL 255 (as the usual venue, the Board of Governors room in Roberts, is being refurbished). Meetings are scheduled at the time of 2-4pm, unless otherwise notified, and on the third Friday in each month (except for the February meeting, so as not to clash with the Presidential Inauguration, and the May meeting, which I am scheduling earlier in the month before colleagues begin to disperse to ensure we have a quorum; these will be on Wednesdays during free period, the Feb. meeting at the earlier time 12.30-2pm, and the May from 12-2pm): October 21, November 18, December 16February 15, March 17April 21 and May 10.

Electronic copies of proposals (along with catalog copy and any affected Academic RhodeMaps that need revision) that you wish to be considered are due by noon on the last Friday of each month prior to the month in which the proposal will be presented. This is 21 days prior to each scheduled Undergraduate Curriculum Committee meeting (see dates below). This is necessary to enable the Chair and the Executive Committee to check them through and make any necessary changes, and to allow time for minor revisions before coming to the full committee. The signed paper copy should be sent in by the time the Executive Committee meet to discuss the proposal (see dates below) by the first Friday of each month. Make sure the electronic documents you send are in Word, saved as either .doc or .docx files — NO .pdfs.

Date proposals are due for each monthly meeting. Executive UCC  meeting dates: usually Fridays 2-4pm UCC meeting dates: 2-4pm on the following Fridays
26 August 2016 2 September 2016 16 September 2016
30 September 2016 7 October 2016 21 October 2016
28 October 2016 4 November 2016 18 November 2016
25 November 2016 2 December 2016 16 December 2016
27 January 2017 3 February 2017 15 February 2017, Wed. 12.30-2 p.m.
27 February 2017 3 March 2017 17 March 2017
31 March 2017 7 April 2017 21 April 2017
28 April 2017 5 May 2017 10 May 2017
Wed. 12-2 p.m.

Please check that you are using the current form available for download from the “Forms and Information” page of this website.  All proposals use the same form, which is split into different sections. Only submit the sections that are relevant to your proposal (course creation/revisions only need sections A, B and D; program creation/revisions only need A, C and D--delete from the document any sections that are not being used). Double check before submitting that you have provided all the correct information, and do not forget to provide catalog copy in a single extra file, that reflects any changes you are planning to make, and include changes that might have to be made to other department sections in the light of your proposal (eg If you change the credit hours of a course used by a program outside your department). Please edit so that you only send in those pages being changed, with clearly marked tracked changes, and not whole sections. You also need to check to see if your proposal might be affecting any of the college’s Academic RhodeMaps, and submit revised versions of those affected along with your proposal. Word versions of the RhodeMaps, which can be edited, are archived on the “Forms and Information” page. While there are guidelines embedded on the proposal form in a series of smart tips (just hold the cursor over the highlighted phrases), there are also more detailed instructions on the “Forms and Information” page, and in section 4.2 of the UCC Manual, for filling in the form, creating catalog copy, and revising Academic RhodeMaps. The names and affiliations of those whose signatures are required should be typed into the electronic file copy of the approval/acknowledgement page of each proposal before its initial submission. If the paper copy of your proposal with the actual signatures has not been submitted prior to the UCC meeting at which your proposal is to be discussed, the proposal will be tabled. Email your electronic submission to the Chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee at curriculum@ric.edu as soon as it is ready. There is also a timeline on the “Forms and Information” page to give you a sense of when you need to get proposals to the committee to enable a timely implementation.

If you have questions, please contact the chair, Sue Abbotson, ext. 2803, or email to curriculum@ric.edu. Please use this curriculum e-mail rather than Dr. Abbotson’s personal RIC account as it helps to keep the Curriculum correspondence all together in one place.

Page last updated: Monday, February 6, 2017