Academic Resources

Things to check on Curriculum/Course proposals:

Courses: (See Course Form Instructions pg. 37 in Curriculum & Rules Development and Program Approval Process Manual.)

  • Check all course titles, prefixes (three letters), and numbers against the catalog.
  • Make sure credits and contact hours are correct mathematically.
  • Make sure that the credits/contact hours are the same on all areas of the course form.
  • Make sure that the course description begins each statement with a verb.
  • Make sure what is listed as present is the same as published in the catalog or on Docushare/The Point.
  • Make sure that resources are less than five years if over five years, is there a rationale?
  • Are the resources in APA (6th ed.) format?
  • Is the implementation date spring to spring or fall to fall? If not, is there a request for early implementation and a rationale?
  • Is there a justification for all changes made in the proposal?
  • Is there duplication? How is this addressed?

Curriculum: (See Curriculum Development Form Instructions pg. 83 in Curriculum & Rules Development and Program Approval Process Manual.)

  • Check first page credits and titles against those in the body of the proposal make sure they are the same. Check to make sure that the same credentials are listed in both areas (make sure they have not omitted any in either area).
  • Check titles of each credential to make sure they are the same
    • against page 1 listing
    • title for competencies
    • body of the proposal
    • titles for sequencing
  • Make sure what is listed as present is the same as published in the catalog or on Docushare/The Point.
  • Check to make sure that the new general education competencies are in the proposal.
  • Check diploma requirements to make sure Area 1 and Area 2 general education courses are included.
  • Check course titles, prefixes (three letters), numbers, and credits against the catalog for each credential.
  • Check total hours on each credential to make sure they are correctly added.
  • Is this a duplicative curriculum? What is the rationale?
  • Make sure credentials fall within the following parameters
    • AFA 60 credit hours
      • Must have 24 credit hours of general education in the following categories Written and Oral Communications, Natural Sciences, Quantitative Reasoning, Arts and Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.
      • Must have 18 credit hours in the Fine Arts Core* component and 18 credit hours in the Concentration component.
      • *Computer/digital literacy must be demonstrated either by competency exam or by completing an approved computer/digital literacy course.
    • AAS 60 68 credit hours (or has obtained or will obtain an exception from the KCTCS Board of Regents)
      • Must have a minimum of 15 credit hours of general education in the following categories Written Communication, Natural Sciences, Quantitative Reasoning, Social/Behavioral Sciences, Heritage/Humanities.
      • Must have 45-53 credit hours* in Technical & Support components.
      • *Computer/digital literacy must be demonstrated either by competency exam or by completing an approved computer/digital literacy course.
      • General Education and Technical & Support Components must be distributed so that programs do not exceed 68 credit hours.
    • Diploma 36-60 credit hours (Is there justification if it is below 36?)
      • Cap grants require a minimum of 48 credits.
      • Must have general education Area 1 = Written/Oral Communications, Humanities, or Heritage 3 credit hours; and Area 2 = Social/Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, or Quantitative Reasoning 3 credit hours.
      • Must have 30-54 credit hours in Technical & Support* component.
      • *The Technical and Support requirements must include a work experience component between 1 and 12 credit hours.
      • Computer/digital literacy must be demonstrated either by competency exam or by successfully completing a computer/digital literacy course as outlined in the program of study.
    • Certificate 12-30 (Is there justification if it is above or below the range?)
      • To qualify for financial aid as a standalone certificate it must be 16 credits and at least 15 weeks in duration