MGA Curriculum Approval Calendar - 2020-2021

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.

Alternatively, changes within a course or set of courses (which should be driven 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 most shared governance time will be expended on new degree program proposals and reviewing the success of recently approved degree programs.

USG Gen Ed in italics
Academic Affairs due dates in bold

August 21 Academic Affairs #1
September 4 Faculty Senate – Agenda due Aug 26
AA Proposals must be entered in the CMS by September 4 for AA #2 meeting
General Education Course Proposals due to the Board of Regents
September 18 Academic Affairs #2
September 25 Graduate Studies Council Meets
October 2 Faculty Senate – Agenda due Sept 23
AA Proposals must be entered in the CMS by October 2 for AA #3 meeting
October 9 USG Council on General Education meeting
October 16 Academic Affairs #3
October 23 Graduate Studies Council Meets
October 30 AA Proposals must be entered in the CMS by October 30 for AA #4 meeting
November 6 Faculty Senate – Agenda due Oct 28
USG General Education Proposals must be submitted to the BOR
November 13 Academic Affairs #4
November 20 Faculty Senate – Agenda due Nov 11
December 11 USG Council on General Education meeting
Break
January 8 AA Proposals must be entered in the CMS by January 8 for AA #5 meeting
January 22 Academic Affairs #5
USG General Education Proposals must be submitted to the BOR
February 5 Faculty Senate – Agenda due Jan 27
AA Proposals must be entered in the CMS by January 29 for AA #6 meeting
February 6 USG Council on General Education meeting
February 12 Academic Affairs #6
February 19 Graduate Studies Council Meets
March 5 Faculty Senate – Agenda due Feb 24
AA Proposals must be entered in the CMS by February 26 for AA #7 meeting
March 12 Academic Affairs #7
March 26 Graduate Studies Council Meets
April 2 Faculty Senate – Agenda due Mar 24
AA Proposals must be entered in the CMS April 2 for AA #8 meeting
April 9 USG General Education Proposals must be submitted to the BOR
April 16 Academic Affairs #8
April 30 Faculty Senate – Agenda due April 21
May 14 USG Council on General Education meeting

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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