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Curriculum Development and Review Handbook

The information in this page describes the policies and procedures which must be followed for all matters relating to curriculum changes in courses and programs as well as requests for new courses and programs. The curriculum handbook also provides guidance in the development and approval of new and revised programs and courses.

Curriculum changes require the coordinated efforts of individuals and units throughout South Dakota State University. Faculty develop and deliver the curriculum while governance bodies and academic administrators review and approve proposals. Consultations must occur among departments, schools, and colleges whose programs might be affected by a proposed change. Consultations also need to occur with department heads, school directors, deans, and others responsible for managing budgets, personnel, and other resources.

Curriculum proposals 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 of efficiency, transparency, collaboration, and academic quality guide the process.

This handbook includes the following sections: curricular development, curricular definitions, curricular review and approval process, consultation process, tips for preparing strong curricular requests, frequently asked questions, and additional curriculum development resources.