Cleveland State University

Faculty Senate

Procedure for Program Alteration

APPROVED BY FACULTY SENATE MARCH 7, 2001

According to Faculty Senate Bylaws, the University Curriculum Committee is charged with making recommendations to Faculty Senate concerning the establishment, inclusion by merger, alteration, and abolition of (a) all curricula offered by the University; (b) all degrees and certifications conferred under the authority of the University; (c) all colleges, departments, schools, and bureaus (Article 8.2.III (E).

Motion:

A. That Faculty Senate approve the following as a procedure to be followed in case of inclusion by merger, alteration, or abolition of (a) any curricula offered by the University; (b) any degrees and certifications conferred under the authority of the University; (c) any colleges, departments, schools, and bureaus.

B. Provided that certain "alterations" follow an abbreviated version of this procedure. Namely, those curricula, degrees, etc., that currently follow an abbreviated version of the program establishment procedure should follow a corresponding abbreviation of the "alteration" procedure. In contentious cases, however, the full procedure should be followed.

Procedure:

  1. Written initiation. This could come either from an appropriate level of administration, or from faculty. It must include some rationale for the proposed action. It must be sent to the affected unit(s) or program, the College Curriculum Committee, the University Curriculum Committee, and other relevant committees
  2. Response from department(s) or unit(s) affected, in case action is initiated by administration. Recommendation from department(s), in case action initiated by faculty.
  3. College Curriculum Committee discusses proposed action with department(s) or unit(s) involved.
  4. College Curriculum Committee holds open meetings for all concerned faculty to voice opinions.
  5. College Curriculum Committee brings recommendation to College Faculty. College Faculty makes recommendation.
  6. Recommendation/Action by College dean(s).
  7. In case of graduate programs being affected, recommendation by Graduate Council.
  8. In case of graduate programs being affected, recommendation/action by Graduate dean.
  9. University Curriculum Committee brings recommendation to Faculty Senate. Faculty Senate makes recommendation.
  10. Recommendation/Action by Provost

Rational: A clearly-delineated procedure, well-understood from the outset, gives a rational way to proceed. This is especially important in the current budget situation, in which it is likely that we will see increased program "alteration."

The University Curriculum Committee needs to be sure that it is following a Senate-endorsed procedure when it makes recommendations that are likely to be controversial.

Approval of the proposed procedure is really no more than an endorsement of what is already done