Curriculum Deadlines

Curriculum Proposals may be entered in Curriculog at any time during the year; the earlier you enter and have your Department Chair approve your proposal, the earlier it will likely be completed and implemented! 

If your proposal has the potential to create a significant change to university policies or practices or if you're interested in proposing a new program, concentration, or minor, please be sure to talk it over with your Associate Dean and the Vice Provost to gain support before entering/submitting the proposal. 

Catalog Target Dates for 2020/2021 Catalog

Submitting your proposal(s) by or before this date gives you the best chance to make it into the next available catalog, which would potentially allow you to begin offering any new/changed classes as early as Fall 2020. However, due to the nature of the Integrated Curriculum Committee (ICC) and University Senate review process, we cannot guarantee all proposals will make this catalog deadline. 

Please make sure your proposal is thoroughly complete and that it's been approved by both the Proposal Originator and Department Chair in Curriculog by the "Department Approval Target Due Date" listed. Once your Department Chair has approved your proposal, it will move on to your college's Associate Dean for review.

Type of ProposalDepartment Approval Target Due Date 
(Priority date to have proposals submitted & approved by Dept Chair in Curriculog)
College Approval Deadline 
Program Change and related New Course & Course Change ProposalsMarch 25, 2019May 27, 2019
Course Change only (doesn't involve changing program requirements)September 16, 2019  October 7, 2019

Catalog Target Dates for the 2021/2022 Catalog

Submitting your proposal(s) by or before the below dates gives you the best chance to make the Academic Year 2021-22 catalog, which would potentially allow you to begin offering any new/changed classes starting Fall 2021. However, due to the nature of the Integrated Curriculum Committee (ICC) and University Senate review process, we cannot guarantee all proposals will make this catalog deadline. 

Please make sure your proposal is thoroughly complete and that it's been approved by both the Proposal Originator and Department Chair in Curriculog by the "Department Approval Target Due Date" listed. Once your Department Chair has approved your proposal, it will move on to your college's Associate Dean for review.

  Type of ProposalDepartment Approval Target Due Date
Program Change and related New Course & Course Change ProposalsMay 20, 2020*
Course Change only (doesn't involve changing program requirements)September 18, 2020*

*These dates are tentative, awaiting approval. 

Program Changes

What do we mean by "Program Change"? Anytime you need to change your program or degree requirements (i.e., required or elective classes), or list how a new course would count towards your program's degree, that's a Program Change, and you'll need to submit a Program Change Proposal in Curriculog. (Please note that one Program Change Proposal can contain multiple, different proposed changes.)

Examples of Program Changes include:

  • New required or elective courses that count towards program requirements
  • New degree requirements
  • Any change that will require revision of the catalog descriptions for the program
  • Revising your curriculum for EO 1071 compliance

If you have several related proposals to submit with a Program Change, please be sure to enter the proposals by the Program Change Target Due Date to ensure they're all reviewed together and give yourself the best chance to meet the catalog deadlines!

Course Change Proposals

Course Change Proposals only encompass changes to existing courses. Keep in mind: if there's a major overhaul of course content planned, then the course will be considered a new course and will need a new course number.

Course Change adjustments include:

  • Small changes to course title and/or description
  • Changes to course classification (C-Class)
  • Changes to prerequisites
  • Changes to course attributes (Zero Cost Course Materials, Grading Basis, etc.)

New Program Proposals

You might have noticed that we didn't list this category in our "Target Due Dates" listed above. That's because new programs (including degree programs, minors, certificates, and credentials) require additional steps and often need additional approval from the Chancellor's Office and/or WASC and sometimes specialty accreditation. This can cause the length of time to approval to vary widely from proposal to proposal, so we can't list accurate timelines for these. As always, we advise you to submit your proposal as soon as possible for the earliest consideration.

Steps to Proposal Approval

What happens after you submit your proposal? It goes into the queue for curriculum review. Most proposals follow this general pathway, though New Program Proposals, large-scale Program Changes, and some other proposals that involve specialty accreditation will have additional steps. 

  1. Proposal is entered into Curriculog and is launched and approved by the Proposal Originator. Most frequently, Department Chairs are the ones submitting proposals, though some Academic Departments have their own internal Curriculum Chairs or other faculty who might enter proposals in consultation with the Department Chair.
  2. Department Chair reviews and approves proposal. 
  3. College Associate Dean reviews proposal. If additional changes are required, it might be sent back to the Department Chair. The proposal will move to next step once approved. 
  4. The Curriculum Coordinator and Integrated Curriculum Committee (ICC) Chair review the proposal. If the proposal is complete, they determine which subcommittee to route it to. If the proposal is incomplete or needs clarification, it will be sent back to the Associate Dean or Department Chair level. 
  5. The Academic Master Planning (AMP) Subcommittee: AMP generally handles large packages of changes such as program overhauls, new concentrations, and new program proposals.
    OR
    The Course and Degree Changes (CDC) Subcommittee: CDC generally receives course changes, new course proposals, and program changes (aside from proposals that contain large-scale changes to a program). CDC subcommittee members will work in partnership with the Department Chair regarding any revisions that might be needed before the proposal moves on and will seek clarification to any questions that arise.
  6. The full ICC reviews and approves proposals once they've been approved by a subcommittee. 
  7. University Senate: once proposals pass the ICC, they move to the Senate for review and approval.
  8. Vice Provost approval. 
  9. Implementation! The Curriculum Coordinator works in conjunction with staff in the Office of the Registrar to make any required changes and will notify the department when a proposal has been fully approved and completed.