The purpose of the Curriculum Approval Procedures (CAPS) manual is to describe the process of curriculum review and to provide guidance for development and approval of new and revised programs and courses.
Indiana State University maintains a curriculum inventory consisting of the coordinated collection of academic programs and courses (majors, minors, certificates, licensure, Honors, Foundational Studies, experiential learning, and graduate degrees) that the University is authorized to offer. The approved degree programs are listed by CIP code at the Web site of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE). The curriculum inventory is filed in the Office of Academic Affairs, posted in the catalogs, and maintained on computer files in the Office of Registration and Records.
This inventory undergoes continuous assessment and quality enhancement. Curricular modifications may arise in many ways—from changes in disciplines, changes in resources, strategic planning, assessment of student outcomes, recommendations of accrediting agencies, as well as reorganization and other efforts to take advantage of synergy among units and optimize use of assets. Prudent management of the curriculum inventory and University resources requires that creation of new programs and courses be balanced by elimination of those that are under-enrolled or outdated.
A strong proposal:
Curriculum change requires the coordinated efforts of individuals and units throughout the University. Faculty develop and deliver the curriculum while governance bodies and academic administrators review and approve proposals. Consultations occur among departments whose programs might be affected by a proposed change, and with deans and those responsible for managing budgets, personnel, and other resources. Notifications are sent to offices that maintain curriculum and student records. The processes through which all these functions take place should be efficient as well as consistent with the nature of the proposed change and the need for quality assurance. To this end, proposals themselves must be carefully developed and prepared so as to provide all parties with information that is accurate and adequate for them to perform their roles.
The principles that guide the process of curriculum approval include efficiency, openness, collaboration, and appropriate levels of review.