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ERIC Number: ED569193
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 49
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
Ensuring Effective Curriculum Approval Processes: A Guide for Local Senates
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
Curriculum is the heart of the mission of every college. College curriculum approval processes have been established to ensure that rigorous, high quality curriculum is offered that meets the needs of students. While some concerns may exist regarding the effectiveness and efficiency of local curriculum processes, all participants in the process must remember--and remind external stakeholders--that the faculty of the California community colleges have long worked to ensure that their college curriculum approval processes are sufficiently robust and deliberative to ensure that standards for high quality and rigor appropriate for college curriculum are met and maintained. Through their local senates and curriculum committees, California community college faculty are entrusted not only with the professional responsibility for developing high quality curriculum, but also with the professional responsibility for establishing local curriculum approval processes and ensuring that local curriculum approval processes allow curriculum to be approved in a timely manner. Students are best served when curriculum approval processes are efficient and effective, and when they ensure a focus on the quality and rigor of the curriculum. Therefore, local senates should periodically review their curriculum approval processes to determine if any improvements are needed and implement any necessary changes. In recognition of the need for local senates to be provided guidance on ensuring the effectiveness of their local curriculum processes, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) adopted Resolution 9.01 S15. The subjects of this paper are to provide guidance to local senates and curriculum committees on effective practices for curriculum approval processes and to focus on the participatory governance aspects of curriculum. The contents of the Fall 2015 white paper, "Ensuring Effective and Efficient Curriculum Processes--An Academic Senate White Paper," are incorporated in this document, with additional guidance provided regarding professional development and training related to local curriculum approval processes, providing sufficient resources for the college curriculum team, and guidance on separate distance education approval requirements. The following are appended: (1) Staff Summary of the Results of the Spring 2015 ASCCC Curriculum Efficiency and Communication Survey; (2) Accreditation Eligibility Requirements and Standards Applicable to Curriculum; (3) Typical Duties for Curriculum Chairs, Articulation Officers and Curriculum Specialists; and (4) Relevant Statutory and Regulatory Citations: California Education Code.
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges. 555 Capitol Mall Suite 525, Sacramento, CA 95814. Tel: 916-445-4753; Fax: 916-323-9867; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Academic Senate for California Community Colleges