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Appendix B

Curriculum Committee

A Standing Committee of the Academic Senate

Responsibilities

The duties of the Curriculum Committee shall be to:

  • Evaluate the relevance of proposed new courses in relation to the College's mission and its Strategic and Educational Master Plans.

  • Evaluate the relevance of proposed new academic programs in light of the College's mission and its Strategic and Educational Master Plans.

  • Review and update course outlines as mandated by the College's COR update schedule.

  • Review and update the General Education philosophy statement for the Associate in Arts and the Associate in Science degrees.

  • Review and revise as needed the Curriculum Committee charter every odd year by the second meeting of the fall semester.

  • Review and update the General Studies AA degree by the third meeting of the fall semester.

  • Set and assess goals on an annual basis.

  • Form task forces as needed.

Committee Membership

The following shall be the voting members of the Curriculum Committee with seats apportioned in the areas indicated:

AREA 1

  • Three (3) members selected from the disciplines housed in the following departments:  

Art and Architecture; Communication Studies; English; Media Arts; Library Sciences, Modern Languages; Performing Arts

AREA 2

  • Three (3) members selected from the disciplines housed in the following departments:  

Child Development and Education; Kinesiology; History, Philosophy and Sociology; Political Science, Economics, Administration of Justice and Chicano Studies; Psychology and Addiction Studies

AREA 3

  • Three (3) members selected from the disciplines housed in the following departments:

Business Administration; Anthropological and Geographical Sciences; Chemistry; Life Sciences; Mathematics; Nursing; Physics and Planetary Sciences

AREA 4

  • Three (3) members selected from the disciplines housed in the following departments:

Agriculture and Natural Resources; Center for Academic Success; Computer Applications and Office Technologies; Counseling; Industrial Technology; Computer Science and Information Technology

  • Three (3) At-Large faculty members

  • The College Articulation Officer or designee

  • The College Librarian or designee

  • One (1) AFT faculty chapter representative

The following shall be non-voting members of the Curriculum Committee:

  • The Associated Student Organization President or designee/s.

  • Apprentice members

  • A non-classroom faculty from the Counseling department

  • A member appointed by the Vice President of Academic Affairs in an advisory role

  • A resource member whose duties include ensuring committee decisions reach the appropriate parties at the college, the district, and the state.

The following shall apply:

  • The Second Vice President of the Senate shall chair the Curriculum Committee, as per the Pierce Academic Senate Bylaws.

  • The Second Vice President of the Senate shall attend the monthly meetings of the District Curriculum Committee and report all matters of concern and significance to the Curriculum Committee and to the Academic Senate.

  • The voting membership of the Curriculum Committee shall be composed of members of the faculty appointed to the committee by the Academic Senate from nominees submitted to the Academic Senate with the exception of the member serving as the faculty guild representative to the Committee, who will be appointed by the Faculty Guild.

  • The term of office of faculty committee members shall be two years.

  • The terms of the committee membership shall be staggered so that one half of the committee is appointed every other year.

  • No department of the college shall have more than two (2) voting members on the Curriculum Committee.

  • Any faculty may serve as an apprentice member of the committee

  • There shall be no more than three (3) apprentice members per curriculum area.

  • The Curriculum Committee shall have a minimum of eight (8) scheduled meetings per academic year

  • The Curriculum Committee may have called meetings during an academic year by a majority vote of the Committee

  • The Curriculum Chair may call one called meeting per academic year to address workload issues without the vote of the committee

  • All COR's must be completed within the academic year, no CORs can be carried over to the following academic year

Other Criteria

Attendance and Removal

Committee members, including apprentice members, are expected to attend all meetings. Members, including apprentice members, who miss more than two scheduled meetings in a semester, may be subject to removal from the committee, as described in Article V of the Pierce Academic Senate Bylaws.

Renewal or Vacancies

Eligible faculty serving on the committee shall have priority for renewal when their term expires, subject to ratification by the Academic Senate.

Eligible apprentice members shall have priority to fill a vacancy in their area or in an at-large position, subject to ratification by the Academic Senate.

The committee shall invite the participation of other members of the campus community, when appropriate, to help in the information-gathering and/or decision-making process.

Distance Education

The Distance Education Coordinator validates the Distance Education addendum prior to Curriculum Committee action.

Honors

The Honors Director validates the Honors addendum prior to Curriculum Committee action.

Technical Review

The Technical Review process is outlined in Appendix B-1.

Revised and approved by the Curriculum Committee November 20, 2017

Ratified by the Academic Senate November 20, 2017​