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.
Approval Process for New Degrees and Certificates of Achievement or Substantial Changes to existing programs:
Substantial changes include the following:
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 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.