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Curriculum Process for Undergraduate Courses and Programs

The UCCC reviews and approves all course, program and catalog changes, additions and deletions.

Technical Assistance is available at any time during the development of a proposal. Reviewers will provide the support/assistance needed to facilitate speedy UCCC review. For technical assistance email UCC@unr.edu.

Once proposals have department and college-level approval, they are submitted to the Provost's Office. Proposals are reviewed, and the submitter is notified of the results of the technical review. The Provost's Office posts copies of any course or program proposal to a pending file on the UCCC Sharepoint site. When the proposal packet is complete, it is added to the next UCCC agenda. Only completed proposals are included are on the agenda.

If Core status is requested, course proposals are forwarded to the Core Board. The UCCC and the Core Board work independently; the UCCC does not wait for the decision of the Core Board before it considers course proposals.

The UCCC will discuss, consider, and vote on all proposals on the agenda. They may take the following actions:

Approve. your proposal is approved as is and, if necessary, will be forwarded to the Academic Affairs Council and/or the Board of Regents and the NWCCU.

Approve with changes. Occasionally after discussing a proposal, the committee may make minor changes. Examples may be a re-wording of a course description or a slight change to the prerequisites listed.

Approve with recommendations. If a the committee has a question about something in the proposal that should be addressed but it is not significant enough of an issue to table the proposal, they it may approve the proposal but recommend that the submitter clarify the issue(s) before offering the course. You will be notified of the needed changes/clarifications by either the UCCC representative for your college or the UCCC secretary.

Tabled. The proposal will not be voted on until a later date. Typically, additional information is needed (i.e. potential overlap with other programs, courses) and more time is needed for research before final voting takes place. Whenever possible, the committee will schedule a tabled proposal for the following meeting. However, the delay may be longer if department representatives must meet to work out duplication issues. When duplication issues are identified, the UCCC will require a written agreement or memo of understanding between the effected departments be included in the proposal.

Withdrawn. Occasionally, a proposal must be withdrawn. The college or the submitter may withdraw a proposal too.

PLEASE NOTE: Approved changes go into effect after the meeting minutes have been approved when the UCCC is the last body to review the item. You will be notified via email when this happens. Keep in mind that there is a process that occurs after approval that implements the changes. This process includes updating various databases, creating/making changes in SIS, updating the course rules and scheduling. Since various departments and staff are involved in making these changes, it may take a few weeks for the process to be completed. A new course or a changed course, for example, will not be available until this process is complete. Additionally, if BOR and/or NWCCU approval is needed, implementation must wait for those approvals. If you have any questions regarding the implementation timelines, please call the UCCC secretary at 682-8076.

DEADLINES: Materials will be reviewed by the Technical Assistance committee if the final packet is received by the published deadline. Complete proposals will be added to the UCCC Agenda. If the proposal is received after the deadline, it will be moved to the file for the following meeting. If a packet that is submitted by the deadline but is not complete, it may also be delayed until the following meeting unless the identified deficiencies can be addressed prior to finalization/posting of the agenda.

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