To propose a new course within your unit, proposals must be submitted to the College Curriculum Committee by the proposal submission deadline for each meeting. Please submit course proposals using the UW Curriculum Management (UW CM) system. This system supports the submission of new course and course change applications. For assistance with the UW CM system, contact Michelle Hall (College or the Environment, Curriculum Committee), your unit’s curriculum coordinator or curriculum committee chair, or the UW Curriculum Office.

After proposals have been approved by the College Curriculum Committee, they are forwarded on to the University Curriculum Review Committee for final review. In reviewing the proposal, the College Curriculum Committee will consider the following:

  • Is the course duplicative?
  • Were all affected units consulted and approvals and acknowledgments of chairs/directors of affected units secured?
  • Does the course justification discuss how the course is distinct from and related to others?
  • Does the course require new resources or additional space/facilities?
  • Does this course or program have demonstrated demand to have sufficient enrollment?
  • Is the course appropriate to the department, College, and University curriculum?
  • Are the learning goals clear?
  • Do the title and catalog course description accurately reflect course content?
  • Is the number of course credits appropriate for the amount of work required? Is the level of the course appropriate for the content?
  • Should this course have both an undergraduate and graduate number? See policy on 400-500 level parallel courses.
  • Is the syllabus clear and complete?
  • Does the syllabus include the following:
      • detailed schedule (with readings) of lectures, labs, and discussion sections
      • explanation of how the labs and discussion sections are related to the lectures
      • key student projects, assignments, and other required activities (quizzes, exams, papers)
      • how students will be evaluated (note that in classes with both 400 and 500 level listings, there should be a clear distinction between the undergraduate and graduate evaluation criteria)
      • required  syllabus statement on religious accommodation and and recommended syllabus statements on accommodation, conduct, safety and diversity. See Syllabus Guidelines for more information and sample syllabus statements.

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