The institution places primary responsibility for the content, quality, and effectiveness of the curriculum with its faculty.


Compliance Judgment: In compliance

Narrative

At East Carolina University (hereafter, ECU or the institution), the faculty has primary responsibility for curriculum development, approval, evaluation, and improvement. The Faculty Manual (Part VI, Section VII) assigns primary responsibility for the curriculum to the faculty, stating:

III. Academic Program and Curriculum Development

Program and curriculum development are faculty responsibilities. Program and curriculum changes may be initiated, prepared, and presented for review to all relevant ECU campus bodies by voting faculty as defined in ECU Faculty Manual [Voting Faculty]. Development of new academic degree programs and certificates is governed by the policies and procedures of the General Administration (GA). Consultation with the ECU Office of Academic Program Planning and Development (APPD) is recommended before preparing program development requests. Instructions on specific procedures and documents for program and curriculum development proposals are available on the office of APPD website.


As documented below, the faculty is responsible for initiating and conducting the core aspects of the development, approval, evaluation, and improvement of the content, quality, and effectiveness of new and established courses, certificates, and degree programs
in all delivery formats.

Curriculum and Policy Approval Process

Proposals for curricular and course additions, changes, and deletions are usually initiated by faculty. They may also be initiated by: the department chairperson; the school director or the college dean of the department, school or college that will house the program; the provost or the vice-chancellor of health sciences; or the chancellor. Proposals made by such administrators are rare and subject to the normal review process, which begins with faculty review at the departmental or unit level.

The following summarizes the basic steps in the approval process for the various types of curricular developments across the degree levels. [Faculty Manual (Part VI, Section VII)]

Faculty Responsibility for Undergraduate Curriculum

Undergraduate curriculum proposals must be approved successively by: the department, unit, or program curriculum committee; the department or school undergraduate voting faculty; the chairperson or director of the department or school; the college or school curriculum committee; the dean of the college or program director; the University Curriculum Committee; the Faculty Senate; and the Chancellor. Chapter 1 of the Undergraduate Curriculum and Program Development Manual outlines the curriculum development process.

Faculty Senate

The Faculty Senate is the governing body of the faculty at East Carolina University. Its members represent and are elected by every code unit on campus. With respect to curriculum, it has ultimate faculty oversight over undergraduate curriculum and programs. Operationally, it delegates primary review to the University Curriculum Committee (UCC) and votes to accept or reject its decisions by approving the UCC minutes. The Faculty Senate has an advisory role with regard to graduate curriculum. The Graduate Council reports graduate curricular changes to the Faculty Senate, and the Senate provides formal advice on the changes to the Chancellor. The Faculty Senate has two ex officio and four elected representatives on the thirty-one member Graduate Council.

University Curriculum Committee

The UCC is charged by the Faculty Senate to consider “undergraduate courses (1000 through 4000-level) and programs and has the responsibility of assuring the quality of course offerings.” In addition it “recommends policies and procedures governing the acceptability of programs and courses;”  “reviews requests for permission to establish new degree programs and requests to establish new minors;” “reviews and acts on proposals for new courses and programs and modifications of existing programs, the banking and deletion of courses (and programs), and standards and requirements for admission to, and retention in, degree programs;” “reviews at least annually those sections within the University Undergraduate Catalog that corresponds to the Committee’s charge and recommends changes as necessary;” and “reports [to the Faculty Senate] on its review of requests to establish new degree programs and requests to establish new minors to the Educational Policies and Planning Committee” (see below for EPPC description). [University Curriculum Committee Charge; Course Submission Procedure]


Example of Undergraduate Curriculum Approval Process

Approval Process Step

Document

1.       The proposer submits a curriculum revision package, including any course proposal forms and a signature form, to the UCC

University Curriculum Committee Course Proposal Form; Signature Form for UCC Curricular Changes

2.       The University Curriculum Committee reviews and approves the proposal

UCC Agenda 1/26/2012; UCC Minutes 1/26/2012

3.       The Faculty Senate reviews and approves the proposal

Faculty Senate Agenda 2/21/2012; Faculty Senate Minutes 2/21/2012

4.       The Chancellor approves the proposal

Chancellor Memorandum: Faculty Senate Resolutions for February, 2012

 
Faculty Responsibility for Graduate Curriculum

Graduate curriculum proposals must be approved successively by: the department, unit, or program curriculum committee; the department or school graduate voting faculty; the chairperson or director of the department or school; the college or school curriculum committee; the dean of the college or program; the Graduate Curriculum Committee; the Graduate Council, the Dean of the Graduate School, the Academic Council, and the Chancellor. The Faculty Senate provides formal advice to the Chancellor on Graduate Council curriculum actions. The Graduate Curriculum and Program Development Manual outlines the curriculum development process.

Graduate Curriculum Committee

With respect to curriculum changes, the deliberations of the GCC will be reported to the Graduate Council for consideration and approval. Recommended curriculum changes will be forwarded to the Chancellor or designee for final approval. Approval of new programs, new certificates, new concentrations, degree title changes, and moving or discontinuing programs will continue to be reviewed by both the Graduate Council and EPPC. Both positive and negative recommendations will be reported by the EPPC and Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, Academic Council, and the Chancellor according to the established reporting structure.” [3.4.10 PRR - Governance of Graduate Academic Matters; Graduate Curriculum Committee (Faculty Manual, Part II, Section II.D)]

Graduate Council

“The Graduate Council will be responsible for consideration, debate, and voting on all graduate academic policies, and upon recommendation of the Graduate Curriculum Committee (GCC), graduate curriculum and degree programs. Any member of the graduate faculty may recommend agenda items concerning graduate academic policy to the Graduate Council Executive Committee for inclusion on the Graduate Council agenda. New graduate degree programs, new certificates, new concentrations, degree title changes, and moving or discontinuing programs are also submitted to the Educational Policies & Planning Committee (EPPC) for review.

“The Graduate Council will make recommendations to the Dean of the Graduate School, who may concur or not. The Dean will forward theses recommendations to the Academic Council and then the Chancellor for final decision.”

[3.4.10 PRR - Governance of Graduate Academic Matters, Graduate Council (Faculty Manual, Part II, Section II.B)]


Example of Graduate Curriculum Proposal Approval Process

Approval Process Step

Document

1.       The proposer submits a curriculum revision  package, including any course proposal forms and a signature form, to the GCC.

Graduate Curriculum Committee Course Proposal Form; Signature Form for GCC Curricular Changes

2.       The Graduate Curriculum Committee reviews and approves the proposal.

GCC Agenda 12/7/2011; GCC Minutes 12/7/2011

3.       The Graduate Council reviews and approves the proposal.

Graduate Council Agenda 1/9/2012; Graduate Council Minutes 1/9/2012

4.       The Faculty Senate receives the proposal and may comment/advise the chancellor regarding it.

Faculty Senate Agenda 1/24/2012; Faculty Senate Minutes 1/24/2012

5.       The Chancellor approves the proposal.

Chancellor Memorandum: Faculty Resolutions for January, 2012

 

Special designations (specified below) are given to courses as part of the development process upon application to and approval by the following: A) faculty committees, whose members are elected by the Faculty Senate from across the university’s several colleges and schools and report to the Faculty Senate as university standing academic committees, and B) administrative committees, comprised of faculty members:

A) Faculty Committees

Foundations Credit by the Foundations Curriculum and Instructional Effectiveness Committee (This committee was named Academic Standards prior to fall 2011.)

“The committee recommends policies to improve and advance faculty teaching and student learning; … assists units requesting aid in developing teaching evaluation instruments for personnel decisions; … makes recommendations regarding proposed changes, including individual courses, in the general education requirements; … makes recommendations to the University Curriculum Committee regarding proposed changes in the general education requirements.” [Foundations Curriculum & Institutional Effectiveness; Foundations Curriculum & Institutional Effectiveness: Charge]

Writing Intensive by the Writing Across the Curriculum Committee

“The Writing Across the Curriculum committee meets … to discuss issues pertinent to the administration and instruction of Writing-Intensive courses throughout the university.” [Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program]

The WAC Committee oversees all WI courses. Prior to fall 2011, this Committee was an administrative committee, but it is now a Faculty Senate standing academic committee. All WI courses must be granted that status by the cross-disciplinary WAC Committee. Such courses must follow one of the approved models for WI courses.

Distance Education by the Distance Education and Learning Technologies Committee

The Distance Education and Learning Technologies Committee is responsible for the oversight of “program quality and policies, and future directions relating to distance education”.  [Distance Education and Learning Technology Committee]

Service Learning by the University Service Learning  Committee

The University Service Learning Committee selects criteria for service learning courses, oversees a designation for service learning courses, recommends learning outcomes and goals for service learning courses, and serves as a resource for all matters pertaining to service learning. It is currently in the process of becoming a standing academic committee of the Faculty Senate.

[University Service-Learning Committee; University Service-Learning Committee: Service-Learning Designation; and University Service Learning Committee: Faculty & Service Learning]

B) Administrative Committees

Teacher Education by the Council for Teacher Education

The Council for Teacher Education is an ad hoc committee headed by the Director of Teacher Education that reviews and ensures program developments conform to external teacher education and licensure norms and requirements stipulated by external regulatory, governmental, and professional authorities. [Office of Teacher Education]

New degree programs are subject to the approval process outlined above and, in addition, to advisory review by the Academic Program Development Collaborative Team. New degree proposals must also be approved by the Educational Policies and Planning Committee, the provost or vice-chancellor for Health Sciences, the Academic Council, and the chancellor before being sent to the UNC General Administration and the UNC Board of Governors for final approval and authorization to offer the degree program.

Example of degree approval process:  Master’s Degree Program Approval Process; MS in Security Studies Request for Authorization; Security Studies Assessment of Readiness.

The Academic Program Development Collaborative Team

The Academic Program Development Collaborative Team, an advisory body to the Academic Council, collaborates with units to strengthen new degree program proposals and informs the Educational Policies and Planning Committee of its recommendations to the Academic Council and the dean of the Graduate School concerning graduate programs under consideration. The Office of Continuing Studies requests review by the APDC Team of all new and existing academic programs to be delivered through distance education. The chancellor has the final campus authority on academic program decisions.

Educational Policies and Planning Committee

Educational Policies and Planning Committee, a committee of the Faculty Senate, “considers the adequacy, balance, and excellence of all of the University's undergraduate and graduate programs relative to accepted academic standards; … advises the Chancellor on the educational policies and organizations, goals, standards, and procedures of the University … as requested otherwise by the Chancellor or the Faculty Senate; … reviews information concerning proposals for all new curricula, programs, and academic policies, or for revisions in all existing policies, prior to the implementation of such proposals in the long-range planning of academic programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, the various professional schools, the Graduate School, and the Division of Continuing Studies. … The committee acts upon requests for permission to plan and establish all new degree programs and requests for permission to establish new minors.” [Educational Policies and Planning Committee Charge]

Academic Council

The Academic Council includes the provost (senior vice chancellor for academic affairs), the vice chancellor for research and graduate studies, and the vice chancellor for health sciences. The Academic Council considers the Academic Program Development Collaborative Team’s recommendations on new academic degree program proposals and makes recommendations to the chancellor.


Internal Department/Program Review and Planning Process

Each department/program undergoes periodic program review. For units with discipline specific accreditation, program review cycles are the same as the accreditation cycles. Other units are part of the university’s seven-year cycle, which seeks to review every program within this timeframe. (See documentation). The Office of Academic Program Planning and Development facilitates these reviews by maintaining guidelines and documentation. The office also archives completed reviews.

[Office of Academic Program Planning and Development – Procedures for Unit Academic Program Review; Unit Academic Program Review Seven-Year Cycle]

Some examples of completed reviews and responses include an English Program Review, a Hospitality Management Program Review, and a Math Program Review.

Program Assessment

Assessing outcomes is required of all educational programs. Each program has designated a responsible assessment person (RAP) and established a departmental assessment committee.  For all educational programs, faculty develop assessment plans that include program learning outcomes, relevant assessment methods and a criteria for success.  Annually faculty report results and actions they have taken based on their results to demonstrate how data is used towards quality enhancement and specifically to improve student learning.  Faculty also provide follow-up summaries when they are able to determine the effectiveness of their quality enhancement.  

Institutional learning outcomes are also the responsibility of faculty driven university committees. Literally hundreds of faculty members were involved in the development of these learning goals devoting hundreds of hours to the development and articulation of Global Learning Objectives and Leadership Learning Objectives.  These outcomes operationalize ECU’s Strategic Directions and all undergraduate and graduate educational programs were asked to assess one of each.  Faculty wrote five program learning outcomes to define the Education for a New Century ECU Strategic Directions and four program learning outcomes to define The Leadership University ECU Strategic Direction.  The result of this effort is a clear alignment between our educational programs and our mission.

The Office of Institutional Planning, Assessment, and Research facilitates faculty efforts to document assessment reports in the university’s institutional tracking system [IPAR Assessment Resources]. Concise reports can be generated within the system to assist with planning and program improvement and can easily be shared with faculty to guide their decision making processes in regard to student learning.

Regular reviews of assessment results are conducted by faculty committees at the university level. Utilizing a SharePoint workflow, program assessment reports are evaluated by faculty across campus.  A Rubric to Evaluate Assessment Reports is used to provide feedback on all components of the assessment report.  The feedback is disseminated to faculty, department chairs and associate deans for assessment.  The rubric, in addition to a set of clarifying questions, was developed to assist faculty in developing their assessment efforts to better capture the ongoing initiatives towards program improvement and student learning. 

Outcomes Assessment of Foundation Courses

Documentation of the faculty involvement in the assessment of student learning outcomes and undergraduate foundations education requirements are provided in Comprehensive Standard3.3.1.1 and ComprehensiveStandard3.5.1.

Conclusion

Faculty members are responsible for curriculum content, quality and the assessment of its effectiveness. Diverse groups of faculty across multiple disciplines are involved and play key roles throughout the process. The university’s assessment program provides a structure for the continue evaluation of quality and is also driven by faculty. External curricular review is evident in programs that receive external discipline specific accreditation as well as university requirements for regular review of programs that are not accredited by a discipline specific entity. This degree of faculty involvement is evidence that the faculty maintain primary responsibility for the curriculum. 


Documentation


Reference Title

Location

Academic Program Development Collaborative Team

Academic Program Development Collaborative Team

Chancellor Memorandum: Faculty Senate Resolutions for February, 2012

3-4-10G-UnderGrad-Chancellor

Chancellor Memorandum: Faculty Senate Resolutions for January, 2012

3-4-10I-Grad-2012-02-27_Chancellor

Comprehensive Standard 3.3.1.1

Comprehensive Standard3.3.1.1

Comprehensive Standard 3.5.1

ComprehensiveStandard3.5.1

Course Submission Procedure

3.4.10 Course Submission Procedures

Distance Education and Learning Technology Committee

3.4.10. Distance Education and Learning Technology Committee

ECU Faculty Manual [Voting Faculty]

Faculty Manual, Part XI Voting Faculty

Educational Policies and Planning Committee: Charge

3.4.10 EPPC Charge

 

English Program Review

3.4.10 English Program Review

Faculty Manual (Part VI, Section VII)

Part V - Curriculum Development

Faculty Senate Agenda 1/24/2012

3-4-10G-Grad-2012-01-24_FS_agenda

Faculty Senate Agenda 2/21/2012

3-4-10E-UnderGrad_FS-agenda

Faculty Senate Minutes 1/24/2012

3-4-10H-Grad-2012-01-24_FS_minutes

Faculty Senate Minutes 2/21/2012

3-4-10F-UnderGrad-FS_minutes

Foundations Curriculum & Institutional Effectiveness

3.4.10 foundationscurriculum

Foundations Curriculum & Institutional Effectiveness: Charge

3.4.10 FCIE Charge

GCC Agenda 12/7/2011

3-4-10C-Grad-GCC_agenda

GCC Minutes 12/7/2011

3-4-10D-Grad-GCC_minutes

Global Learning Objectives

Final - The Global Perspective - 30 March 2009

Governance of Graduate Academic Matters, Chancellor’s Interim Regulation, REG10.25.01

3.4.10 PRR - Governance of Graduate Academic Matters

Graduate Council Agenda 1/9/2012

3-4-10E-Grad-GC_Agenda

Graduate Council Minutes 1/9/2012

3-4-10F-Grad-GC_minutes

Graduate Council (Faculty Manual, Part II, Section II.B)

Faculty Manual part2

Graduate Curriculum Committee (Faculty Manual, Part II, Section II.D)

Faculty Manual part2

Graduate Curriculum and Program Development Manual

Graduate Curriculum and Program Development Manual

Graduate Curriculum Committee Course Proposal Form

3-4-10A-Grad-PADM 6101_Proposal

Hospitality Management Program Review

3.4.10 Hospitality Management Program Review 

IPAR Assessment Resources

3.4.10 IPAR - Assessment - Assessment Resources

Leadership Learning Objectives

Leadership Learning Assessment - Definition and Objectives Final

Master’s Degree Program Approval Process

Masters Degree Program Campus Approval Process Checklist 2011

Math Program Review

3.4.10 Math Program Review

MS in Security Studies Request for Authorization

MS Security Studies RAE 12-7-09

Office of Academic Program Planning and Development – Procedures for Unit Academic Program Review

3.4.10 Office of Academic Program Planning and Development -- Procedures for Unit Academic Program Review

Office of Teacher Education

3.4.10 Office of Teacher Education

Outcomes Assessment of Foundation Courses

3.4.10 Outcomes Assessment of Foundations Courses

Rubric to Evaluate Assessment Reports

Rubric to evaluate Ed Programs Final

Security Studies Assessment of Readiness

Security Studies Assessment of Readiness

Signature Form for GCC Curricular Changes

3-4-10B-Grad-PADM 6101_GCC_Signature form

Signature Form for UCC Curricular Changes

3-4-10B-UnderGrad-CMGT4310-UCC_Signature_form

UCC Agenda 1/26/2012

3-4-10C-UnderGrad_UCC_agenda

UCC Minutes 1/26/2012

3-4-10D-UnderGrad-UCC_minutes

Undergraduate Curriculum and Program Development Manual

https://collab.ecu.edu/cmte/sacs/CorrespondingDocuments/3.4.10/Undergraduate%20Curriculum%20and%20Program%20Development%20Manual.pdf#page3

Unit Academic Program Review Seven-Year Cycle

3.4.10 Unit Academic Program Review Schedule

University Curriculum Committee Course Proposal Form

3-4-10A-UnderGrad-CMGT4310_Proposal

University Curriculum Committee Charge

3.4.10 UCC Charge

University Service-Learning Committee

3.4.10 USLC

University Service Learning Committee: Faculty & Service Learning

3.4.10 USLC Faculty

 

University Service-Learning Committee: Service-Learning Designation

3.4.10 USLC SL Designation

 

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program

3.4.10 Writing Across the Curriculum

WAC Committee

WAC