University of Maryland

Curriculum & Course Proposals

Course Approval Process

Faculty must consult the Director of Academic Programs and relevant program committees and directors about any course proposals and revisions to determine the need the course will fulfill, where it fits in to the larger cirriculum, and ensure that the course reflects the current direction of the program(s). With approval from the Director of Academic Programs, faculty must complete the Course Proposal Form and attach a syllabus that abides by the University standards for syllabi. You may download a syllabus template here. These documents should be submitted by the faculty member creating the course. The form will be sent to the Director of Academic Programs and the corresponding academic program Director. It is the responsibility of the program committee(s) to notify the faculty member if/when the course is approved and ensure that it is submitted to the Director of Academic Programs for PCC review.

The general course approval process is:

  1. Academic Program Committee(s)
  2. iSchool Programs, Courses, and Curriculum Committee (PCC)
  3. Vice-President’s Advisory Committee (VPAC)*

*Special topics and pilot courses do not need to go to VPAC for approval.

Academic Program Committee Review

After the course is approved by the Academic Program Committee, it must then be approved by PCC and processed through University-level committees as appropriate. The desired course prefix determines which internal program committee(s) must review the proposal:

INST Courses

  • 100-400-level courses are reviewed and approved by the Undergraduate (InfoSci) Program Committee.
  • 600-700-level courses are reviewed and approved by 1 or more graduate program committees (HCIM, MIM, MLIS), including the primary program for which the course will be offered.
  • 800-level courses are reviewed and approved by the Doctoral (PhD) Program Committee.

LBSC Courses

  • 600-700-level courses are reviewed and approved by the MLIS Program Committee.
  • 800-level courses reviewed and approved by the MLIS and Doctoral (PhD) Program Committees.

INFM Courses

  • 600-700-level courses are reviewed and approved by the MIM Program Committee.
  • 800-level courses are reviewed and approved by the MIM and Doctoral (PhD) Program Committees.

Deadline for Course Proposals

Courses may be submitted to PCC at any time during the academic year; however, scheduling of approved courses will conform to the following schedule: Special Topics courses must come to PCC by its September meeting if they’re to be added to the following Spring schedule, and by February if they’re to be added to the following Fall schedule. Hard numbered courses must come to PCC by its September meeting if they’re to be added to the following Fall schedule, and by February if they’re to be added to the following Spring schedule. In both cases, courses must be approved by the appropriate program committees before coming to PCC. Faculty must submit the courses to the Program Managers in an appropriate timetable to be added to the program committee meeting agendas. (Adopted by PCC December 2015).

Submitting a Course Proposal

  1. Faculty must consult the Director of Academic Programs and relevant program committees and directors to determine the need the course will fulfill, where it fits in to the larger curriculum, and ensure that the course reflects the current direction of the program(s).
  2. With approval from the Director of Academic Programs, faculty should submit the Course Proposal Form and attach a Syllabus, which will be sent to the  Director of Academic Programs and the corresponding academic program Director.
    • All proposals must be submitted to respective program committees well in advance of the meetings (at least one week) to be reviewed for that month. Committees may choose to vote on proposals between meetings at their discretion. Course prefixes determine which commitees review a proposal. Those are:
    • INFM Courses INST Courses LBSC Courses
      100 – 400: BSIS
      600 – 700: MIM 600 – 700: 1 Masters Prog 600 – 700: MLIS
      800:  PhD 800: PhD 800: PhD
    • Faculty proposing courses should be prepared to attend each committe meeting (in-person or virtually) to present their course(s). Minor changes may be presented in writing with jusitification of the changes as long as the committee(s) approves. Major changes and/or new or substantially revised courses must be presented by the faculty member(s) proposing the changes.
  3. The Academic Program Committee Chair must notify the faculty member(s) and Director of Academic Programs if the course is approved or send written justification/request for revisions if it is not approved.
  4. The Academic Program Committee Chair will include all approved courses at the following PCC Committee meeting.
  5. If a course is approved by PCC, the Director of Academic Programs will assign a course number and send the course to VPAC.
  6. If a course is approved by VPAC, the Director of Academic Programs will ensure it is included in the course catalog, 2-year course plan, etc. They will also work with the faculty to schedule the course as appropriate.

Course Change Approval Process

Course changes include name changes, catalog description changes, learning outcome changes and/or major course content changes. Course change approvals follow the same process as the course approvals process outlined above.

Specialization Approval or Update Process – (Graduate Programs)

All specializations within graduate programs are currently classified as “informal specializations” by the University. This means that they do not appear on a student’s transcript. This type of in-formal specialization must be submitted for approval at the iSchool, Graduate School, and University levels. If the specialization is substantially revised it must be re-submitted.

Specialization Approvals Workflow

  1. Academic Program Committee(s)
  2. iSchool Programs, Courses, and Curriculum Committee (PCC)
  3. Graduate School PCC 
  4. University Senate PCC

Proposal Process & Responsibilities

  1. Email the proposal to the appropriate academic program coordinator and CC the Director of Academic Programs.
    • All proposals must be submitted to respective program committees well in advance of the meetings (at least one week) to be reviewed for that month. Committees may choose to vote on proposals between meetings at their discretion.
    • Proposals must follow the format as outlined in the PCC Maual:  http://go.umd.edu/pccmanual
  2. Academic Program Committees must notifying the faculty member(s) and Director of Academic Programs if the specialization is approved or send a  justification/request for revisions if it is not approved.
  3. The Director of Academic Programs will include the specialization(s) at the following PCC Committee meeting.
  4. If approved by PCC, the Director of Academic Programs will move the proposal to the Graduate PCC and University Senate PCC, they will notify the academic program as the proposal moves through the University processes.

 

Degree or Academic Program Approval Process

Degree program approvals require review at all levels of the University as well as the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The Dean, Senior Associate Dean, and the Director of Academic Programs must be consulted and give written approval before any degree program proposal is put forward.

If Approved program proposals must follow the guidelines put forth in the PCC Manual an MHEC regulations.

Approvals Workflow

  1. Academic Program Committees
  2. iSchool PCC
  3. iSchool College Assembly
  4. Graduate School PCC
  5. University Senate PCC
  6. University Senate
  7. Provost
  8. President & Chancellor
  9. Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)