MGA Curriculum Approval Calendar - 2019-2020

Curriculum Approval Guidelines

It is the expectation that degree or certificate program requirements will change no more often than once every four years. Course changes that are significant enough to warrant senate action are expected to be reviewed no more frequently than every four years. 

Changes to the structure of the core curriculum, should happen less frequently, with the exception of the addition of new courses which will be reviewed when submitted. However as the USG system office will be modifying the core curriculum for implementation in the fall of 2020, it is anticipated that no changes to the current core curriculum will be entertained during academic year 2019-2020. 

Alternatively, changes within a course or set of courses (which should be drive by assessment data) should be implemented each semester. This includes courses in the core curriculum and within majors. These changes include improvements in pedagogical approach, required student work or exams, or modifying instructional mode and style to improve student outcomes. Faculty who teach in a program (including the core) should meet regularly to review assessment data and assure improvements in course-level instruction are being implemented consistently across all sections. These course-level improvements should be documented in the institution's assessment system each July (which is MGA's assessment month). 

Program changes cannot be implemented in the semester following approval.  In general, proposals must be approved by December of an academic year for implementation in the fall of the following academic year.

It is anticipated that the majority of shared governance time will be expended on new degree program proposals and reviewing the success of recently approved degree programs.

August 9 Proposals Due to the Office of Academic Affairs [Note: All Gen Ed proposals must be submitted by this date if a Fall 2019 USG approval is desired.]
August 23 Academic Affairs Board Meets
September 6 Proposals due to the Office of Academic Affairs
Faculty Senate Meets
September 10 Board of Regents Meets
September 13 Graduate Studies Council Meets
September 20 Academic Affairs Board Meets
October 4 Proposals Due to the Office of Academic Affairs
Faculty Senate Meets
October 14 Graduate Studies Council Meets
October 18 Academic Affairs Board Meets
November 1 Proposals due to the Office of Academic Affairs
Faculty Senate Meets
November 12 Board of Regents Meets
November 15 Academic Affairs Board Meets
November 22 Faculty Senate Meets
January 10 Proposals due to the Office of Academic Affairs
January 24 Academic Affairs Board Meets
February 7 Proposals Due to the Office of Academic Affairs
Faculty Senate Meets
February 14 Graduate Studies Council Meets
February 21 Academic Affairs Board Meets
March 6 Faculty Senate Meets
March 13 Graduate Studies Council Meets
MMW – 6/28/2019 - USG Gen Ed & 2020 Spring meeting dates will be added later

Please note: Faculty Governance Bylaws require that all items presented for a vote at Academic Affairs Board and Faculty Senate meetings must be made available to members no less than five business days prior to the vote. In order to honor this policy, Division of Academic Affairs proposal deadlines must be maintained. Proposals that do not meet published deadlines will not be processed until the next cycle.


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