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Course and Syllabus Approval Process

The following procedures apply for approval of, or changes to, General Education courses.

  1. For a new course with general education designation, the following must be submitted:
  2. To make a change (adding or deleting a general education course designation) to an existing course, the following must be submitted:
  3. For approval of a new section of USU 1300-1360 breadth courses, the following must be submitted:
  4. A USU breadth course instructor or a department (in the case of other courses with a General Education designation), wishing to make a significant change to their existing curriculum must submit their syllabus for review. This action does not require the submittal of a General Education Course Approval Request Form or a Semester Course Approval Form.

All required information must be submitted electronically to the General Education Subcommittee Chair, Norm Jones (2011-2012).

  1. The General Education Subcommittee Staff Assistant will forward the information to the appropriate designation (e.g. Humanities) subcommittee for review.
  2. The designation subcommittee chair will email the General Education Subcommittee Chair and General Education Subcommittee Staff Assistant their findings, recommendation for approval or denial, and request that the item be placed on the next General Education Subcommittee Meeting agenda.
  3. The designation subcommittee chair will verbally summarize their findings at the General Education Subcommittee Meeting and request approval. If the designation subcommittee chair is unable to attend the meeting, the General Education Subcommittee Chair will present their findings at the meeting.
  4. The instructor/department will be notified that the request was approved or denied.
  5. All approved courses/designations will be signed by the General Education Subcommittee Chair and sent to the Educational Policies Committee (EPC) Staff Assistant, Cathy Gerber, for inclusion on the next Curriculum and EPC agendas.

All approved forms will be signed by the EPC Chair, Larry Smith, and will be filed with the syllabi and supporting paperwork in the Provost's office for a period of three years. After that time, they will be archived in the library. The EPC Chair will prepare a report and request that all approved items be placed on the next agenda for the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and Faculty Senate.