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​​​​​Curriculum Proposal Process and Required Forms
Approved by the Curriculum Committee on October 8th, 2010 and ratified by the Academic Senate on October 11th, 2010

1. Requested actions are accepted year-round: See below for details on course-level and program-level proposal processes.

2. Course-level technical review will take place electronically via ECD on a continuous basis during fall and spring semesters.  Program-level technical review will take place on a continuous basis during fall and spring semesters via a means of communication acceptable to the technical review committee members such as email, conference call, or in-person meetings. Initial response by the Technical Review Committee will take place within 14 calendar days from the date the proposal is forwarded to technical review. 

3. To be placed on the curriculum agenda, all technical review issues must be resolved no less than 7 calendar days prior to a curriculum meeting.  If technical issues remain unresolved with less than 7 calendar days remaining until the next meeting, the request will be delayed until such time that all technical issues are resolved within the 7-day-prior to meeting guidelines.

4. The initiator of course and program proposals must be present at the curriculum meeting to discuss their requests unless the Curriculum Chair has contacted them and told them they do not need to attend.  The only exception to this is course archive requests.


COURSE LEVEL PROCESS & FORMS
All required forms, including addendum forms, must be edited and submitted electronically via ECD ​for consideration.

Credit Courses
Use ECD​ (Electronic Curriculum Development) to:
  • Revise a course outline 
  • Propose a new course 
  • Add a prerequisite, corequisite or advisory: The required form is in ECD Section VIII Addendum Documents.  The initiator downloads the form from ECD, completes the form, then uploads it back into ECD.  Signatures are NOT required to obtain prior to upload.  Review and approval will take place electronically via ECD.
  • Add SLOs to a course outline
  • Archive a course
  • Reinstate a course
  • Modularize a course
  • Change and update a course attribute: title, hours, etc..
  • Request Distance Education approval: The required form is in ECD Section VIII Addendum Documents.  The initiator downloads the form from ECD, completes the form, then uploads it back into ECD.  Signatures are NOT required to obtain prior to upload.  Review and approval will take place electronically via ECD.
  • Request an Honor's Section of a course: The required form is in ECD Section VIII Addendum Documents.  The initiator downloads the form from ECD, completes the form, then uploads it back into ECD.  Signatures are NOT required to obtain prior to upload.  Review and approval will take place electronically via ECD.

Request Course Cross-Listing:  The LACCD Course Cross-Listing request form​ must be completed and signed by the District Discipline Committee Chairperson from each discipline prior to bringing the request to the Curriculum Chair for inclusion on the curriculum committee agenda.
Request to Remove Course Cross-Listing:  The LACCD Remove Course Cross-Listing request form must be completed and signed by the District Discipline Committee Chairperson from the discipline requesting the removal prior to bringing the request to the Curriculum Chair for inclusion on the curriculum committee agenda.
Request Advanced Course Standing: The Pierce College Advanced Course request form must be completed and brought to the Curriculum Chair for inclusion on the curriculum committee agenda.

Non-Credit Courses
ECD is currently not able to support Non Credit courses.  Please use the Non Credit Course Outline Template.  You must also be sure to complete the new course proposal addendum and the SLO addendum and attach them to the COR.  The addendum must be reviewed by the college outcomes coordinator prior to submitting the COR to the Curriculum Committee. Additionally, signatures of the faculty initiator, department chair, area dean, librarian, and articulation officer must be obtained by the faculty initiator prior to submitting the COR to the Curriculum Committee. 
Apply for Approval of New Noncredit Course: Form CCC 456.  This is a CCCCO required form.  Complete and submit to the Curriculum Chair.

PROGRAM LEVEL PROCESS & FORMS
​Associate Degrees, Certificates of Achievement (>12 units, Skills Certificates (<18 units) (See Title 5: Section 55070)
  • ​To propose a new AA or AS degree or a Certificate of Achievement, please complete the program proposal Narrative document. This is a requirement for State approval.

Approval Process for New Degrees and Certificates of Achievement or Substantial Changes to existing programs: 

Substantial changes include the following:

  • replacing existing program
  • adding a new Certificate of Achievement to an existing degree
  • adding a new degree to an existing Certificate of Achievement Program
  • adding new options/tracks to an existing degree
  • deleting existing degree major, area of emphasis, option/track
  • deleting existing Certificate of Achievement
  • Step 1: New program proposals or substantial program changes are initiated by a faculty member/faculty members by completing the required state forms with all supporting documentation.
  • Step 2: The proposal must be vetted and approved by a majority of faculty within a department or other defined interdisciplinary faculty members.
  • Step 3: New program proposals or substantial changes are then forwarded to the Curriculum Chair for technical review.  Once all technical review issues have been resolved, the proposal will be forwarded to the Curriculum Committee for consideration.

     

    CTE Programs: If the proposed new program or substantial change has a vocational TOP code, after technical review, the proposal will be returned to the initiator who will request that the proposal be placed on the agenda of the LACCD CTE Deans Council for vetting.   After this vetting process is complete, the initiator will request that the proposal be placed on the agenda of LOWDL (Los Angeles/Orange County Workforce Development Leaders).  After both of these vetting processes is complete, and the proposal has been endorsed by LOWDL, the initiator may request that the proposal be placed on the curriculum agenda by contacting the Curriculum Chair.  The Curriculum Chair must receive all required forms, supporting documentation and signatures from the proposal initiator at least ten days prior to the curriculum meeting at which the proposal will be discussed.

     

    Step 4: New program proposals or substantial changes are reviewed and approved (or disapproved) by the Pierce Curriculum Committee. Following approval, the Pierce Curriculum Committee will forward the proposed new program or substantial changes to the Academic Senate for ratification.

  • Step 5: After Senate ratification, the Curriculum Chair will forward the proposal with all required signatures, including the recommendation of the Senate President, VP of Academic Affairs, and College President to the Educational Support Services Division, which will conduct technical review and electronically notify the Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, the Curriculum Committee Chairs, Curriculum Dean, Academic Senate Presidents in the District, as well as District Academic Senate (DAS) President and Vice President. The DAS Vice President will notify the appropriate Discipline Committee Chairs.
  • Step 6: Following the notification described in step 5, colleges have twenty (20) working days to submit a challenge to the new program or substantial change.  Consult LACCD E-64​ for complete details on program challenges.

    If after twenty (20) working days, no challenges are received, the Chair of the District Curriculum Committee will notify the District Senate President and the Vice Chancellor of Educational Student Support Services Division, who will place the proposed new program or substantial program change on the next available agenda of the Board of Trustees and forward a copy of the Board agenda to the Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, the Curriculum Committee Chairs, Curriculum Dean, Academic Senate Presidents in the District, as well as District Academic Senate (DAS) President and Vice President.

  • Step 7: The Board of Trustees will review and approve (or disapprove) the proposed new program or substantial program change.

  • Step 8: Following Board approval, the Chancellor or designee will sign the Application for Approval New Credit Program (CCC-501) or Substantial Changes to an Approved Credit Program (CCC-510) form and the Educational Support Services Division will forward the proposal to the Pierce Curriculum Chair.  The Curriculum Chair will submit the information to the State Chancellor's Office for final approval. If the program is not approved by the Board of Trustee, the Educational Support Services Division will notify the college and the Chair of the DCC.

  • Step 9: Once the program receives final approval, the Educational Support Services Division will enter the new program(s) into the program database.


Make title or unit changes to an existing program:  ​Local approval required. The Department c​hair requests the changes via the ​​Non Substantial Change / Catalog Update​ form to the Curriculum Chair. The item is placed on the next available Curriculum Committee.

Create a new Skills Certificate:
 Less than 18 semester units; will not receive State approval or be transcripted.  Local approval is required.  Complete the Application for New Skills Certificate Form and submit to the Curriculum Chair.  Attach supportive documentation, such as Advisory Committee meeting minutes or recommendations and Labor Market Information data.

Make non-substantial changes to an approved Credit Program such as

    • adding courses to Core/Major requirements
    • adding courses to Elective Requirements
    • deleting courses from Core/Major requirements
    • deleting courses from Elective Requirements