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3.4.10 - Responsibility for Curriculum PDF Print E-mail
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3.4.10     Responsibility for Curriculum

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

Responsible Unit: Division of Academic Affairs/Faculty Senate

Compliance Judgment



The primary responsibility for the quality and oversight of educational programs at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (A&T) rests with tenure-track faculty, program heads of disciplinary and interdisciplinary units, academic deans, and faculty governance committees. This responsibility is assigned to the faculty both from the University of North Carolina General Administration (UNC-GA) and by a campus process. UNC-GA outlines conditions and necessary considerations for establishing new degree programs in the UNC Policy Manual section 400.1 "Policy on Academic Program Planning" [1].

The campus process is outlined in the "Procedures to Request Planning for a New Academic Program at North Carolina A&T State University." [2] and by the charge to committees of the Faculty Senate [3].  The Education Policy Committee of the Faculty Senate is responsible for the study and recommendations of new policies or changes in existing policies relating to the academic programs at the University [3]. The Committee of New Programs and Curricula of the Faculty Senate is responsible for reviewing, analyzing, and approving all proposed curricular changes and new programs recommended by the academic departments or other representative individuals or groups. The senators from the School of Graduate Studies and the library serve on the New Programs and Curricula Committee. Additionally, a representative from the Teacher Education Council serves as an ex officio member of the committee [3].

Academic programs submit a strategic plan and comprehensive assessment every five years to the Office of Institutional Planning Assessment and Research [4]. Student learning outcomes are included in this assessment as well as evidence of faculty participation in development of programs and curriculum and review and assessment [5]See SACS Principle, Institutional Effectiveness.

In 2006, the university implemented a revised general education core curriculum, University Studies. It outlines the learning objectives for the general education core and aligns the objectives with the upper division courses integrates with the academic departments and majors [6].  In order to accommodate the 37 credit-hour requirement of University Studies all of the academic departments had to review their curricula and revise, as appropriate.  In academic year 2009-2010, schools and colleges have a common course syllabus template to use to ensure that student learning outcomes at the appropriate levels are included [7]See SACS Principle 2.7.3, General Education.

Supporting Documents

[1]     UNC-GA Code, Section 400.1, Policy on Academic Program Planning

[2]     Policies, Procedures to Request Planning for a New Academic Program

[3]     Faculty Handbook, 2007

[4]     IPAR, Student Learning Outcomes Form D

[5]     SON, Program Evaluation

[6]     General Education Core Curriculum

[7]     Syllabus, Course Template

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