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  • All proposals must include a signed cover sheet.
  • All course and program proposals must be sent electronically to the Curriculum Committee chair, copied to the Provost's representative (Valerie McAllister: mcallisv@newpaltz.edu).
  • The original paper copy should be mailed or delivered to the Curriculum Committee chair.

All courses:

__ Please address all parts of the forms for proposing new courses or revising existing courses.

__ Please ensure that the title of a proposed course accurately indicates the emphases of its contents. If the title is general in orientation, but the content is specific in application, then please change the title to better inform students of what the course really covers.

__ Syllabi must indicate the relative weight of each assignment in determining final grades.

__ Syllabi must include all required academic policy statements, as per the Syllabus Requirements distributed annually by the Provost's Office and posted on Academic Affairs' website. Also available there are a Syllabus Template (Word format) and a sample syllabus.

__ If a proposed course is similar (in content, approach, or aims) to an approved course from another unit, that unit's chair or program director must consult with the proposing department/program to ensure that any content duplication is appropriate and justified. Such consultation must be documented via a signature on the cover sheet or statement appended to the proposal.

All GE courses:

Please refer to the GE 4 Narrative Supplement, which must be appended to all GE course proposals.

__ All courses proposed for GE, as well as their sample syllabi, must directly address the content of the proposed GE category and SUNY’s student learning outcomes for that category. In addition, courses proposed to meet either of SUNY’s two required competencies - Critical Thinking and Information Literacy - must align with SUNY’s learning outcomes for those competencies1. Please refer to the SUNY Board of Trustees Guidelines for Approval.

__ All GE course proposals must indicate how the course learning outcomes directly correspond to the SUNY-GER learning outcomes for the proposed category/competency.

__ Course proposals for USST (United States Studies, which SUNY calls American History) must include historical narratives and/or significant attention to historical context. See "Kinds of courses that are approvable for this category," found on page 3 of SUNY's Guidelines for Approval.

__ All GE courses are subject to assessment. SEIs alone are not acceptable for assessing a GE course.

1Please seek to infuse Critical Thinking and Information Literacy in any proposed GE courses, as appropriate.

All upper-division GE courses:

__ Upper-division (3xx/4xx) courses proposed for GE must address how prior lower-division (1xx/2xx) GE coursework helps to prepare students for the upper-division course.

__ Upper-division courses without prerequisites that are proposed for GE must address the issue of fairness if the likely enrollees include students without any background in the subject matter as well as students who have extensive background in the subject matter.

__ If a department/program proposes an upper-division course for GE when it already has a lower-division course in the same category, then the course proposal should address the likely enrollees in the proposed upper-division course. If enrollees are likely to be primarily, or exclusively, majors of the proposing department/program, and this is documentable by past enrollments, then the course proposal should include a rationale for why the upper-division course is appropriate for GE.

Program Proposals

In October 2015, New Paltz faculty governance approved adoption of SUNY's forms for proposing new degree (i.e., major) or certificate programs or revising existing degree or certificate programs.

For proposing new or revising existing minors, a local proposal form is used. All forms are posted on the Curriculum Committee’s Forms page.

__ Please append an “old” major (or minor) plan and a “new” major (or minor) plan any time a department/program proposes to change the configuration of its major/minor. If a change in a major/minor also affects students from a different department/program, please notify the relevant chair of the change(s) and obtain that person's signature on the cover sheet to document consultation.

__ All program proposals must clearly indicate the links between a prerequisite, or sets of prerequisites, and other required or recommended courses. For majors, inclusion of an 8-semester plan helps to address this need.

__ Please outline how students are to progress in programs with separate tracks or concentrations and explain how these respective tracks provide equivalent depths of study.