FAQs - Curriculum Changes

Frequently Asked Question
Curriculum Changes

I have developed this page in response to frequently asked questions regarding curriculum changes at Baylor. Please send me an email if your question is not answered here.

Who can propose a new undergraduate course and what is the process for doing so?

Any faculty member can propose a new course.  The first step is a discussion between the faculty member and the appropriate department chair.  Following feedback at the department-chair level, faculty then must use the Electronic Course Action System to submit the course and have it reviewed by the appropriate curriculum committees.

Once a new course has been approved by a department chair, it then moves to the departmental-level curriculum committee (not all departments have such a commitee).  If approved by the department curriculum committee, that course is then reviewed by the appropriate school or college-level curriculum committee.  If the course is approved by the appropriate school/college level curriculum committee, it is then reviewed by the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (graduate course proposals are reviewed by the Graduate Curriculum Committee at this point).  If approved there, the course is then reviewed by the vice provost for undergraduate education.  Following approval at the provost office level, the course is entered into the university’s academic records system and can be offered during the next most appropriate semester.

How does the university determine how many credit hours are offered with each course?

The question of how much academic credit should be offered for each proposed new course (or a change to an existing course) is a topic that is discussed at each level of curriculum review.  Such reviews occur at the department level, the school/college level, and at the university-wide level within the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. 

To make such determinations, faculty consider the amount of subject matter covered in the course, the number of required assignments, the amount of overall time the course will require, and the method of grading used in the course.

Who can propose a new degree, major, program, or concentration?

Any faculty member can work with his or her department chair to propose a new major, minor, concentration, or degree.  The most successful proposals have strong support at the department and dean’s office level.  Establishing support across disciplinary and school/college boundaries is beneficial.

Does Baylor have a standard proposal format for a new major, degree, program, or concentration?

Baylor does not have a standard format for proposing a new major, minor, concentration, or degree.  However, proposals must follow the Guidelines for Submitting New Majors and Minors document found at this link:

Guidelines for Submitting New Majors & Minors

Which curriculum proposals must be approved at what level?

Any new major, minor, or concentration requires approval by the dean, provost, and president.  New degrees require approval by the Regents (allow 6-8 weeks leadtime before a Regent meeting to get on the agenda).

Careful consideration of the Proposal Routing Forms (PRFs) found at this link will answer many additional questions related to who must approve what curriculum proposals.