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Rebecca Frank, Curriculum Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Valley College Curriculum Process: The Curriculum Development process at Valley College was developed and agreed upon by the Academic Senate and Administration of the college in 1978. It has served as a model for other colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District and throughout the state. It was revised by joint agreement of the Senate and Administration in Spring 1989. Curriculum is now a function of the Senate [Title 5].
The Valley College Curriculum Committee (VCCC) acts as an advisory body to the Academic Senate. The VCCC shall be responsible for (1) recommending policies concerning curriculum, general education, graduation requirements, occupational certificate requirements, transfer requirements, academic standards, and related matters; and (2) recommending for approval curricular proposals concerning new courses or programs, and additions, deletions, or changes to existing programs.
The committee is chaired by the Vice-President of the Faculty Association and includes:
The primary responsibility for the detailed evaluation and review of curricula within a discipline should be at the department level. The VCCC addresses itself to problems of an all college nature. The VCCC is responsible for reviewing all curricula for (1) meeting Title 5 criteria, (2) being within college and district guidelines and policies, (3) interdepartmental impact, e.g., mission, goals, and functions. The VCCC recommends to the Academic Senate its decisions regarding new courses and curricula, new programs, the modification or restructuring of existing courses and programs, as well as academic standards, general education prerequisites, and transferability of courses.
The Vice President of Academic Affairs acts as the liaison for the VCCC and requests that proposals for new programs and restructuring of existing programs be placed on its Agenda for formal review. New course proposals and minor modifications of existing programs will be routed to all members of the VCCC and to all Department Chairpersons. All new course proposals and course changes, including changes in prerequisites shall follow the procedures outlined in the Flowchart below. Procedures and policies relating to the VCCC shall be reviewed yearly and revisions made as necessary.
All recommendations of a subcommittee are presented to entire VCCC for review, revision, or recommendation vote. All recommendations shall be presented in writing. A majority and/or minority report is included in subcommittee reports.