SCC Senate/Curriculum Relationship
SCC Senate/Curriculum Relationship
Curriculum at SCC
Role of the Senate
Presented by Craig Rutan and Joyce Wagner
SCC Academic Senate Fall 2013 Retreat
Board of Governors/Chancellors
Sets policy and provides guidance
Edits the Program and Course Approval
Final approval of educational programs.
Maintains the CCC Curriculum Inventory
Is directed to maintain, to the maximum
degree permissible, local authority and
Local Governing Board
Establish policies for and approve courses
of instruction and educational programs.
May adopt policies and procedures
related to curriculum only if
recommendations on these policies and
procedures are made through collegial
consultation with the local academic
Legal Authority of Academic Senate
The Governing Board shall … ensure …
the right of academic senates to assume
primary responsibility for making
recommendation in the areas of
curriculum and academic standards.
◦ Education Code §70902 (B)(7)
The “10+1” and CIC
From Section §53200 (c)
Curriculum, including establishing prerequisites
Degree & Certificate Requirements
Educational Program Development
Standards & Polices Regarding Student Preparation and
Creation of the Curriculum
Title 5 §55002:
Curriculum Committee. The college and/or
district curriculum committee recommending the
course shall be established by the mutual agreement
of the college and/or district administration and the
academic senate. The committee shall be either a
committee of the academic senate or a committee
that includes faculty and is otherwise comprised in a
way that is mutually agreeable to the college and/or
district administration and the academic senate.
Responsible for the development, review,
and renewal of curriculum.
Recommends to the BOT those courses
and programs which meet stated
Must be a committee of the senate or a
college committee, and its composition
must be mutually agreed upon by
administration and the senate.
Other duties typically assigned to
Catalog and schedule of classes
Record keeping and dissemination
Placing courses in disciplines
Defined in local shared governance
policies and procedures of the district in
the areas of curriculum development and
Current Structure at SCC
CIC is part of shared governance and is
listed as reporting directly to the senate.
The senate does not review most CIC
decisions; they go straight to the BOT.
The CIC chair gives regular summary
reports to the senate under a standing
The CIC chair is now an elected position.
The senate has reviewed new graduation
requirements and programs changes.
Proposals come from the discipline faculty.
Review is done via CurricUNET
Approval/review chain for courses: curriculum
office, honors advisory committee, articulation
officer, department, curriculum chair, dean,
curriculum cluster, technical committee, CIC,
First reading/second reading format at CIC.
Originators are asked to come to CIC meeting.
Additional forms are required for honors and
distance education courses.
Course SLOs are reviewed at CIC.
CIC made plans for assessment of liberal arts
Current RSCCD Policies:
Limitations on Enrollment
Program discontinuance procedure
◦ Two semesters of program review
◦ Formal notice sent to AS Pres., CIC chair,
FARCCD, VP Academic affairs, SCC Pres.
◦ Convening of District PDRC
If mutual agreement between faculty and
administration, and students are not
adversely affected, the processes of this
procedure do not need to go into affect.
Where Do We Go Next?
Our existing practice is not documented
anywhere. We need to officially adopt a
set of procedures for how the
Curriculum and Instruction Council
Once the SCC Academic Senate has
decided how to proceed, the procedures
will be drafted, approved, and kept in the
The authority to make any recommendation to the
Board of Trustees on academic and professional matters
belongs to the Academic Senate. The SCC Academic
Senate could choose to change current practice to be
more involved in the process:
◦ Every course/degree proposal could come to the Academic
Senate after being reviewed by CIC. The CIC vote would be a
recommendation that the senate approve the change. Under
current practice, this would require a formal resolution to
adopt each item.
◦ All of the curriculum items could be brought in a package to
the senate for approval before sending the memo on to the
Board of Trustees.
◦ We could continue out practice of having CIC recommend
curricular changes directly to the board.
Policies in General
Should be clearly understood and
Should maintain high curriculum
Should be possible to implement in an
organized, efficient manner.
Should be flexible and responsive to the
needs of students.
Should meet regulations.
Possible Policies for Senate
Challenging of decisions
Credit by exam
Online teaching readiness
Prerequisites by content review
Term lengths of CIC members
How closely do SCC policies and
procedures need to align with those at SAC?
Is the workload of the CIC manageable?
Should we develop subcommittees for
prerequisite and/or distance education
The authority of the academic senate for
curriculum comes from education code
The “10+1” is the implementation of the law
in regulation by the Board of Governors
The SCC Academic Senate has previously
delegated some of its authority to the
Curriculum and Instruction Council.
The authority of CIC is not written
anywhere and this needs to be addressed.
The SCC Academic Senate must decide if
they want to maintain current practice or
ASCCC 1996 Paper: The Curriculum
Committee: Role, Structure, Duties, and
Standards of Good Practices
SCC Curriculum and Instruction
ASCCC Curriculum Website