Curriculum

Faculty are the guardians of the curriculum and, as such, the Curriculum Committee has the responsibility to oversee curricular requests not just from our departments/centers, but from every other unit at the University. Every curricular proposal begins and ends with faculty oversight. There are opportunities for experimental courses and valuable resources to support curriculum development.

Process

  • Beginning the Curricular Process

    The process begins with faculty wishing to modify the current curriculum in some manner and presenting such changes to the department for review and Departmental approval.

    The first step after departmental review/approval is for curriculum forms to be completed by the department and submitted to the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences (NWCNHS) Curriculum Committee.

    Curriculum forms and information are available at the Faculty Senate website.

  • Continuing the Curricular Process

    Once the NWCNHS committee approves a submission:

    • The Associate Dean, who acts as a liaison to the Committee, reviews the submissions, makes any necessary changes, approves them on the Dean’s behalf, and forwards them to the NWCNHS Curriculum Committee Chair for submission to faculty senate.
    • The Faculty Senate prepares the submissions for publication in the University Curriculum Committee Bulletin.
    • The Graduate and Undergraduate Councils review program submissions.
    • The University Curriculum Committee reviews new course proposals, course change/deletions, and program proposals. Some program requests require a hearing.
    • Approved submissions are forwarded to the Faculty Senate.
    • The chairs of the University Curriculum Committee and the two councils sign the forms.
    • On the floor of the Faculty Senate, the chair of the University Curriculum Committee presents a motion to approve all items on a specific bulletin. Although usually the Senate approves the bulletin as a whole, senators may question any item being presented.
    • After the senators approve the motion, the chair of the Faculty Senate signs the forms on behalf of the Senate.

     

    The forms are reviewed by the Provost’s Office. Those approved are sent to the Registrar’s Office for processing:

    • The new course proposals are sent to Tallahassee where they are forwarded to the faculty discipline representative who will assign the course a number. Once we receive a new number, a copy of the course proposal with the new number written in is sent to the department.
    • Course change/deletions are processed internally.
    • Program changes are recorded.
    • When the new programs are assigned a code, the Registrar’s Office notifies the dean’s office and the department chair.
    • All changes are made to catalog
  • Hearings

    All proposals will go through one or more hearings during the Curriculum and Faculty Senate process prior to final approval.  Please refer to the grids below to find out which hearings will be required for your proposal. Note exempt cases listed below the grids.

    UNDERGRADUATE
     CurriculumUndergrad CouncilGrad CouncilGLCOCUCCOC
    New Minors X   
    New Undergraduate TracksXX   
    New Undergraduate DegreesXX   
    New Undergraduate Policies X   
    New Undergraduate MajorsXX   
    GRADUATE
     CurriculumUndergrad CouncilGrad CouncilGLCOCUCCOC
    New Graduate Degree TracksX X  
    New Graduate DegreesX X  
    New Graduate Policies  X  
    New Graduate MajorX X  
    Unit Specific Admission Requirement  X  
    OTHER
     CurriculumUndergrad CouncilGrad CouncilGLCOCUCCOC
    Global Learning Designation   X 
    University Core Curriculum    X

    The following proposals DO NOT require a Curriculum, Undergrad, Grad, GLCOC, or UCCOC hearing:  Accelerated Degrees (Bachelors, Masters, 4+1); Changes to Programs; Combined Degrees; New Certificates/Changes to Certificates; Course Changes; New Courses; and, New Degree Designations. Please note that the Faculty Senate may request a hearing for your proposal if more information is required.

Committee

  • NWCNHS Curriculum Committee 2022-2023
    DepartmentCommittee Member
    Athletic TrainingDr. Ajaya Williams-Sparrock
    Communication Sciences and DisordersDr. Angela Medina
    Health Services AdministrationDr. Chanadra Young-Whiting
    Graduate NursingDr. Vicky Framil-Suarez
    Nursing AnesthesiologyDr. Valerie J. Diaz 
    Occupational TherapyDr. Hector Huerta
    Physical TherapyDr. Erasmo Alvarez
    Undergraduate NursingDr. Audrey P. Miller (Chair)
  • Committee Responsibilities

    The NWCNHS Curriculum Committee  meets six times a year. Prior to meeting the agenda and proposals will be posted on the NWCNHS website. The committee members will elect a chair and a vice chair at the first meeting. The chair will also serve as the College representative to the University Curriculum Committee. The vice chair will serve as chair whenever the chair is absent. The chair’s and vice chair’s terms are for that academic year.

    Members should familiarize themselves with the proposals, particularly those of their own departments. If a member has questions about the submission from another department s/he should be ready to present the questions/concerns when the submission is brought up for discussion. At the meeting, someone from the submitting department will describe the proposal and explain why it is needed. The committee members will have the opportunity to ask questions, make suggestions, and/or raise objections. After a short discussion period, a vote will be taken. If the submission passes by a simple majority it will be considered approved.

    The most effective departmental representative is the one who works closely with the appropriate members of the department in the process of creating the submission. That way, the representative, armed with information about the process learned from the meetings, can make sure that submission is as correct as possible and addresses issues of concern to the committee.

    Sometimes the members of the committee will approve a submission pending requested changes or additional information. The departmental representative is responsible to convey that information to the appropriate colleagues so that the changes required by the committee are made. Any changes or additional information required must be submitted to the Dean's Office following the NWCNHS curriculum committee meeting. The Dean’s Office will not review any submissions that do not meet the conditions set by the committee.

    Here are some of the recurring questions with submissions:

    1. Overlap – the material overlaps with that studied in another discipline. At the meeting, the representative of the other notices that overlap and the lack of consultation (there is no letter from the chair) and requests such a letter
    2. Incomplete submissions – important information is missing. Submissions should be checked to ensure that all the required information is included.

    The committee member is responsible for reviewing the submission and evaluating its value to the curriculum. The Dean’s Office will review the submissions for errors and inconsistencies.

    At the end of the academic year, if the member is not continuing as departmental representative, s/he should make the effort to contact the new representative and share information about the committee and the curricular process that will help the new departmental representative be a more effective member.

  • Curriculum Committee Meetings 2021-2022

    Bulletin

    Materials Due in Dean's Office
    (Wednesdays)

    Meeting Date
    (Fridays)

    Agenda

    Approved Proposals

    #1September 15, 2021September 24, 2021TBATBA
    #2October 13, 2021October 27, 2021HSATBA
    #3*November 3, 2021**December 1, 2021TBATBA
    #4January 5, 2022January 11, 2022TBATBA
    #5February 2, 2022February 8, 2022TBATBA
    #6March 9, 2022March 15, 2022TBATBA

    Additional Information

    • 2021-2022 NWCNHS Curriculum Committee Meeting Calendar
    • *Bulletin #3 is the deadline for materials to be submitted and approved for inclusion in the 2022-23 catalogs and the 2022-23 undergraduate Major Maps.
    • **Wednesday, November 3, 2021 (Bulletin #3), will be the deadline to submit all curriculum proposals to the NWCNHS Curriculum Committee. The deadline was brought forward by thirty (30) days, with the consent of the Curriculum Committee, to give departments ample time to make any corrections to proposals that are sent back for revision by the Dean's Office.  Please note that no proposals will be accepted after the aforementioned deadline.
    • Course Proposals
    • Changes to a course prefix, number, credit hours, title description, or prerequisite, MUST have a current syllabus attached to justify the change. New course proposals MUST be submitted with a proposed syllabus which includes learning outcomes, major topics and textbooks.
    • Experimental courses must be submitted to the Dean's Office for experimental course numbering, Dean's signature and approval.  The Registrar’s Office will not repeat an experimental course unless there are extenuating circumstances, e.g., a permanent number for the previously submitted and approved non-experimental course has not been received.
    • All Other Proposals
    • Proposals MUST include a completed proposal checklist available from the curriculum forms page on the Faculty Senate webpage. Please note the faculty contact submitting the proposal MUST be present at the hearing for the respective bulletin, if applicable. The listing of applicable hearings and respective additional parties required are as follows: Joint Hearings is defined as Undergraduate Council & University Curriculum Committee and/or Graduate Council & University Curriculum Committee. The proposals that require joint hearings are: NEW Undergraduate Degree Programs, NEW Majors, NEW Tracks, NEW Graduate Degree Programs. NEW Undergraduate Minors only require the presence of Undergraduate Council. NEW Certificate programs, CHANGES to any program/major/track, etc., and Course Proposals do not require a hearing.
    • Reminder
    • The Curriculum Committee, Undergraduate and Graduate Councils do not meet during the summer.All new tracks, certificates, new degree proposals and graduate unit specific admission standards must be received in time for Bulletin #5 (see above) or they will be postponed until the first bulletin, Fall 2023. Curriculum information, checklists and signature sheets may be found online.
    • If you have any questions concerning Grad/Undergrad Councils or the Faculty Senate, please email Mary Cossio.

Courses

  • Traditional Courses
    Content here.
  • Online Courses

    FIU Online provides pedagogical and technological tools as well as training for online professors to make curriculum accessible, engaging and effective for your students.

    New Courses

    The process of a course proposal, approval and implementation take about 2-3 business weeks. In the request form, be sure to include your department chair's email in the Supervisor Email space, so that they can get a copy of the request.

    1. Faculty submits online course proposal
    2. CASE conducts enrollment analysis
    3. CASE conducts pedagogical assessment
    4. FIU Online assigns Instructional Designer (ID)
    5. Faculty and ID Designer design course shell and content

    Here are resources that will help guide you through the process.

    1. Online Course Development Request Form
    2. Frequently Asked Questions

    If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Sanchez in the CASE Dean's Office.

  • Experimental Course

    Experimental courses are those that are offered on a trial basis, often prior to submitting the course for permanent status. Courses may be offered as experimental only once. Offering an experimental course more than once requires permission from the Graduate or Undergraduate Dean.

    Procedure for Requesting an Experimental Course

    1. Requests for experimental courses require that the completion of a New Course Proposal Form. On the top right-hand corner, write in EXPERIMENTAL and the semester and the year when the course will be offered (e.g. FALL 2008).
    2. Original proposal packages are submitted via DocuSign PDF package, the committee and Dean reviews, and then it is submitted via email to the Registrar's Office. Until the number has been added to the master catalog by the Registrar, the course may not be added to the schedule. If the screens are open, then the course may be inputted by the department; if they are closed, then a request to add a course must be submitted.

    Submission Guidelines

    1. Department may offer no more than 3 experimental courses each semester. Requests to offer an experimental course a second time must be accompanied by “Memorandum of Justification”.
    2. Submission is due at least 2 weeks prior to the opening of the scheduling screens. If the request is to offer the course a second time, the request should arrive in the Dean’s Office 4-6 weeks prior to the opening of the screens
  • Global Learning Courses

    Five Year Internal Review

    Global Learning courses are interdisciplinary and part of undergraduate education. 

  • Gordon Rule Courses

    The Gordon Rule aims to improve the critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication of students, especially through writing.

Five Year Curriculum Review

Curriculum reviews occur at 3 levels within the NWCNHS programs: At the course level, track reviews, and program reviews. Course reviews are conducted each semester based on student course evaluations and focused faculty reviews of courses during departmental meetings.

Each year at the end of each semester, reviews are done based on clinical specialty or program tracks focused on performance of students on performance evaluation exams such as the exit or specialty exams as well as licenses or certifications.

The Dean has recommended program reviews every 5 years

NWCNHS Calendar Timeline

University Curriculum Committee
2021 - 2022
Addition of NWCNHS Calendar Timeline
BulletinSUBMISSION DUE TO NWCNHS Curr. Committee Chair - Dr. Audrey Miller (Wednesday by 5:00 p.m.)Associate Dean meets with NWCNHS Univ. Curr. Chair (Wednesday)NWCNHS Univ. Curr. COMMITTEE PROPOSED MEETING DATE (Wednesday)SUBMISSION DATE TO UNIVERSITY CURRICULUM COMMITTEE (Wed)COMMITTEE COUNCILS PRE-REVIEW MEETING (Fri)BULLETIN PUBLICATION DATE (Tue)HEARING SCHEDULED (Fri)FACULTY SENATE ACTION DATE (Tue)TERM THAT CURRICULUM PROPOSALS ARE TO BE EFFECTIVE
#1Already passed-October 6, 2021September 29, 2021October 8, 2021October 12, 2021October 29, 2021November 16, 2021 MMCFall 2022
#2October 13, 2021October 20, 2021October 27, 2021November 3, 2021November 12, 2021November 16, 2021December 3, 2021January 25, 2022 MMCFall 2022
#3*November 3, 2021November 10, 2021December 1, 2021December 8, 2021January 21, 2022January 25, 2022February 4, 2022February 22, 2022 MMCFall 2022
#4January 5, 2022January 10, 2022Janaury 11, 2022January 19, 2022February 11, 2022February 15, 2022March 11, 2022March 29, 2022 MMCSpring 2023
#5February 2, 2022February 4, 2022February 8, 2022February 16, 2022February 25, 2022March 8, 2022March 25, 2022April 12, 2022 MMCSpring 2023
#6March 9, 2022March 11, 2022March 15, 2022March 30, 2022April 8, 2022April 12, 2022No HearingsJune 14, 2022 MMCSpring 2023

*Bulletin #3 is the deadline for materials to be submitted and approved for inclusion in the 2022-2023 catalogs and the 2022-2023 undergraduate Major Maps.

 

University Curriculum Committee
2022 - 2023
Addition of NWCNHS Calendar Timeline
BulletinSUBMISSION DUE TO NWCNHS Curr. Committee Chair - Dr. Audrey Miller (Wednesday by 5:00 p.m.)Associate Dean meets with NWCNHS Univ. Curr. Chair (Wednesday)NWCNHS Univ. Curr. COMMITTEE PROPOSED MEETING DATE (Wednesday)SUBMISSION DATE TO UNIVERSITY CURRICULUM COMMITTEE (Wed)COMMITTEE COUNCILS PRE-REVIEW MEETING (Fri)BULLETIN PUBLICATION DATE (Tue)HEARING SCHEDULED (Fri)FACULTY SENATE ACTION DATE (Tue)TERM THAT CURRICULUM PROPOSALS ARE TO BE EFFECTIVE
#1September 7, 2022September 14, 2022September 21, 2022September 28, 2022October 14, 2022October 18, 2022October 28, 2022November 15, 2022 MMCFall 2023
#2October 12, 2022October 19, 2022October 26, 2022November 2, 2022November 18, 2022November 22, 2022December 2, 2022January 17, 2023 MMCFall 2023
#3**November 16, 2022November 23, 2022November 30, 2022December 7, 2022January 20, 2023January 24, 2023February 3, 2023February 21, 2023 MMCFall 2023
#4December 14, 2022December 21, 2022Janaury 11, 2023January 18, 2023February 14, 2023February 14, 2023February 17, 2023March 14, 2023 MMCSpring 2024
#5January 25, 2023February 1, 2023February 8, 2023February 15, 2023March 10, 2023March 21, 2023March 24, 2023April 18, 2023 MMCSpring 2024
#6March 8, 2023March 15, 2023March 22, 2023March 29, 2023April 14, 2023April 18, 2023No HearingsJune 13, 2023 MMCSpring 2024

**Bulletin #3 is the deadline for materials to be submitted and approved for inclusion in the 2023-2024 catalogs and the 2023-2024 undergraduate Major Maps.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION -- PLEASE NOTE

COURSE PROPOSALS

Changes to a course prefix, number, credit hours, title description, or prerequisite, must have a current syllabus attached to justify the change. New course proposals must be submitted with a proposed syllabus which includes learning outcomes, major topics & textbooks.

ALL OTHER PROPOSALS

Proposals must include a completed proposal checklist available from the Faculty Senate webpage. Piease note the faculty contact submitting the proposal must be present at the hearing for the respective bulletin, if applicable. The listing of applicable hearings arid respective additional parties required are as follows: Joint Hearings is defined as Undergraduate Council & University Curriculum Committee and/or Graduate Council & University Curriculum Committee. The proposals that require joint hearings are: NEW Undergraduate Degree Programs, NEW Majors, NEW Tracks, NEW Graduate Degree Programs. NEW Undergraduate Minors only require the presence of Undergraduate Council. NEW Certificate programs, CHANGES to any program/major/track, etc., and Course Proposals do not require a hearing.

Experimental course proposals follow college/school procedures. Proposal must be signed, including the Dean's signature. Then the proposal must be submitted to Jessica Moro in the Registrar's Office. Experimental courses will not be repeated unless there are extenuating circumstances, e.g., a permanent number for the previously submitted and approved non-experimental course has not been received.

REMINDER

The Curriculum Committee, Undergraduate and Graduate Councils do not meet during the summer. All new tracks, new degree proposals and graduate unit specific admission standards must be received in time for Bulletin #5 (see above) or they will be postponed until the first bulletin, Fall 2023. Curriculum information, check-lists and signature sheets may be found online.

Please contact the Faculty Senate Office, Mary Cossio at cossiom@fiu.edu, if you have questions.

Approved-Faculty Senate Meeting-April 12, 2022

NWCNHS Proposals

2021-2022Proposals SubmittedApproved/Denied
Athletic Training
Bulletin 10
Bulletin 20
Bulletin 32: Admission change, Degree change
Bulletin 40
Bulletin 50
Bulletin 60
Communication Sciences & Disorders
Bulletin 10
Bulletin 20
Bulletin 30
Bulletin 40
Bulletin 50
Bulletin 60
Health Services Administration
Bulletin 10
Bulletin 210: 6185, 6186, 6930, 6977, 6149, 6149, 6156, 6175, 6176, 5226
Bulletin 319: 3180, 4170, 5125, 5125, 5655, 6156, 6175, 6176, 6176, 6185, 6187, 6197, 6205, 6426, 6717, 6759, 6875, 6930, 6977
Bulletin 40
Bulletin 53: 6186, 6875, Admission change
Bulletin 60
Graduate Nursing
Bulletin 10
Bulletin 20
Bulletin 30
Bulletin 41: RN-to-BSN/MSN change
Bulletin 51: MSN degree change
Bulletin 61: MSN degree change
Nursing Anesthesiology
Bulletin 10
Bulletin 20
Bulletin 30
Bulletin 40
Bulletin 51: DNP degree change
Bulletin 60
Occupational Therapy
Bulletin 10
Bulletin 211: 5414, 5414L, 5524, 5524L, 6195, 6195L, 5217, 5217L, 5301, 5301L, Experimental
Bulletin 30
Bulletin 40
Bulletin 51: Admission change
Bulletin 60
Physical Therapy
Bulletin 10
Bulletin 20
Bulletin 30
Bulletin 40
Bulletin 51: Program change
Bulletin 60
Undergraduate Nursing
Bulletin 10
Bulletin 21: BSN to MSN proposal
Bulletin 31: RN-to-BSN change
Bulletin 41: RN-to-BSN/MSN proposal
Bulletin 50
Bulletin 60
 
Total Submissions:53
Total outstanding or rejected proposals:16
Total Submissions to Faculty Senate:17 – (1) submitted twice
Total Submissions Approved by Faculty Senate:15
Total Submissions to Faculty Senate Pending:2

 

Curriculum Committee (2022-2023):
Dr. Audrey P. Miller, ChairpersonDr. Ajaya Williams-Sparrock
Dr. Angela MedinaDr. Chanadra Young-Whiting
Dr. Vicky Framil-SuarezDr. Valerie J. Diaz
Dr. Hector HuertaDr. Erasmo Alvarez