Academic Affairs Committee
PROCEDURES FOR SUBMITTAL AND APPROVAL OF CURRICULAR PROPOSALS
(Including new courses and changes in courses)
CourseLeaf is an online tool used to facilitate the foundational curricular processes that identify and define academic programs and courses at NDSU. CourseLeaf includes two modules: CAT and CIM. CAT is used to coordinate online approval of Bulletin webpages for the institution’s annual catalog, which includes all institutional policies and course information. CIM is used for faculty to propose new courses and programs, as well as modifications to existing courses and programs, including deactivation.
Additional information about CourseLeaf can be found on the CourseLeaf Information page. For questions about CourseLeaf/CIM, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 701-231-7986.
Course Proposal Categories (New, Changes, Crosslisting, Deletions, Special Topics)
Academic Program Requests (New or Change)
Proposals normally are initiated by individual faculty or departments, but occasionally may be started at one of the other levels. See Channels for Curricular Approval for Stages of Approval.
199, 299, 399, 499, 596, 696, and 796 require approval only.
Even though 791’s are a temporary number, the courses go through the entire approval process just as if they were permanent courses.
Curricular changes do not have to be submitted according to any special deadlines. Departments, however should realize that the various academic committees involved in the approval process generally function on a nine month academic year. Thus, the approval process does not move forward over the summer months. In addition, departments should be aware of the deadlines for both the semester course offerings (registration materials) and the NDSU Bulletin.
For each curricular change proposal, the Academic Affairs Committee requires submission of all documents via CourseLeaf. In addition, a copy of a sample course syllabus including a grade scale, course objectives, etc. must be included. Please note that the Graduate Council requires additional documentation for courses to be considered for the graduate credit; check with the Graduate School for additional information. The Faculty Senate Academic Affairs Committee will not consider graduate credit courses until the Graduate Council has approved them. Courses for Credit in education, outside the School of Education, also require prior approval from the School of Education.
Please contact your college representative on the University Curriculum Committee for further information or advice.