Curriculum Committee Guidelines

The Curriculum Committee (CLAS CC), in accordance with CLAS bylaws (link) and UIS Levels of Governance (link), reviews and approves: additions, deletions, and expansions of academic programs, including concentrations and minors; course additions and deletions; program reviews; and student petition consultation at behest of the Dean. All criteria or rubrics used by the Committee in the guidelines below to make curricular decisions have been approved by and reported to the College faculty. In accordance with the bylaws, minutes from each meeting are kept on the CLAS CC Blackboard site; please contact the CLAS Dean’s office for access.


Fall 2018: Every Thursday, Aug. 30 through Dec. 6

All submissions will be considered in the order they are received. Those received after the deadlines are not guaranteed consideration in time for GECo or the catalog. Please note that while we try to move quickly and efficiently through all materials, but the first weeks of each semester tend to be busy with new course approvals working under strict deadlines.


Spring 2019 Course Proposals

General Education Deadlines:

  • CLAS Curriculum Committee: Friday, September 7, 2018
  • General Education Council: Friday, September 21, 2018

Non General Education Deadlines:

  • CLAS Curriculum Committee: Friday, September 21, 2018


Submit hard copies of all materials to the CLAS Dean’s Office with wet signatures.


New Course Proposals

Start Here: Curriculum Guidelines for New Courses (.DOCX)

New-course-approval-electronic-form-82218 (PDF)

New Course Proposal Form: Annotated (PDF)

UIS Syllabus Template

Syllabus Example: Annotated (.DOCX)

RationaleExample (.DOCX)

General Education Guidelines (link)


Existing Course Changes

Start Here: CLAS Curriculum Guidelines for Course Changes (.DOCX)

UIS New Course Approval & Existing Course Change Form (PDF)

Existing Course Change Form: Annotated (PDF)

RationaleExample (.DOCX)

General Education Guidelines (link)


Program Reviews

Program Review Schedule (PDF)

Program Review Guidelines (.DOC)

Following receipt, the CLAS CC will read over and discuss the program review as a group and will either:

  1. a) approve the program review and draft a memorandum to the chair of the program, copied to the next levels of governance; or,
  2. b) request clarification, reconsideration of substantive curricular issues, and make recommendations for the program for reconsideration. At this stage, the committee may invite chairs to attend a CCC meeting if clarification or further discussion is necessary.


New Majors, Minors, & Concentrations

Approval Process


Departmental Honors

Undergraduate Council Guidelines (PDF)


Q: What if I don’t know all the reading and course assignments yet?

A: The course schedule, readings, and assignment descriptions allow the committee to gauge the rigor and level (1XX, 2XX, etc.). Please provide typical examples of what would be required for a course at the respective level in your department.


Q: Do I need to include the Academic Integrity Policy and ODS Policy as stated from the office?

A: You are required by the University to include the ODS Policy. The Academic Integrity policy is optional but recommended; you may include your own, but sanctions, procedures, etc., cannot contradict the university Academic Integrity policy.


Q: What additional information should I use to help answer the purpose and rationale questions?

A: Helpful information may include: how many students can be expected to enroll?; how often will it be offered?; are there courses on campus with similar content and if so how is this course different from those? Will the course be an elective, core, or capstone course for your department?


Q: How does the committee assess rigor of a course?

A: Rigor is assessed in a variety of ways including but not limited to: number and components of assigned projects, course objectives and expected outcomes, amount of reading and/or writing required, appropriateness of workload for level compared to similar courses/syllabi in the offering department.