The Curriculum Committee serves at the request of the Provost and the Faculty Senate.
A. The Curriculum Committee’s purpose is as follows:

  1. Review and make recommendations concerning curriculum for Provost approval. Basic criteria for the introduction of a new course or program include the following:
    1. Fulfills students' needs for their respective programs, satisfies the requests of members of the community for particular technical or business occupations, or offers courses that contribute to an enrichment of student life.
    2. Qualified instruction is available.
    3. Meets the needs of academic transfer partners, as applicable.
  2. Analyze and make recommendations for Provost approval concerning curriculum matters relating to the articulation of courses/programs to Idaho state colleges and universities using Idaho State Board of Education guidelines.
  3. Make periodic reviews of existing curriculum, revising or removing courses when necessary. Basic criteria for course revision or removal include the following:
    1. A lack of qualified faculty member to teach the course.
    2. Insufficient student demand for a particular course or program.
    3. A change in curriculum requirements in a specific major field for which we offer parallel courses.
    4. Lack of funding for the course.
    5. Course is determined to be no longer appropriate for current curricular needs.
    6. Course would create unnecessary duplication of course offerings.
  4. Review and approve changes to policy language that appears in the “Academic Regulations,”“Degree/Certificate Requirements,” “Programs of Study,” and “Course Descriptions” sections of the CWI Course Catalog.

B. Curriculum Committee Organization

1. Membership The voting membership of the Curriculum Committee is made up of a full-time faculty representative from each of CWI’s instructional departments, the committee Vice-Chair, and (in the case of a tie) the committee Chair. Voting members on the Curriculum Committee act as representatives to their departments. In this role, voting members are responsible for the following tasks:

  • Facilitate curriculum proposal submissions from their respective departments to the committee and represent these curriculum proposals at monthly meetings.
  • Review all curriculum proposals before each monthly meeting
  • Prepare for, attend and participate in monthly meetings
  • Provide input during meetings that reflects the department’s view on curriculum proposals and subcommittee recommendations
  • Vote on curriculum proposals and subcommittee recommendations, taking into account department view and broader perspectives to support the mission of the college
  • Report curriculum changes/updates to their respective departments after each monthly meeting

2. The non-voting ex-officio membership of the committee is as follows:

  • All Department Chairs who are not voting members
  • All Instructional Deans
  • Provost
  • Coordinator of Curriculum Management
  • Dean of Students
  • Director of Advising
  • Director of Financial Aid
  • Director of Dual Credit
  • Director of Library Services
  • Faculty Senate President
  • General Education Coordinator
  • Registrar
  • Student nominated by the Student Senate to serve a one-year term

3. Additional members may be added to fulfill the needs of the committee. Curriculum meetings are open to all CWI faculty and staff.

C. Terms of service

Willing full-time faculty members will serve as the department's representative on the Curriculum Committee for a term of three years. At the end of the term, a representative may be approved to continue.

  1. Wave 1 (begin new term 20-21): Integrated Studies, Biological Sciences, Math, Motor Technology, Health Professions, Public Safety, Agricultural Sciences, Diesel Technology
  2. Wave 2 (begin new term 21-22): Business, Communication & Marketing, Engineering, Health Science, Modern Languages, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences
  3. Wave 3 (begin new term 22-23): Computer Sciences and Technology, Education, English, Culture & History, Visual and Performing Arts, Nursing, Manufacturing & Welding

D. Selection of members

Voting members are appointed by the Dean of each school.

E. Organization/hierarchy

The committee reports to the Provost, Faculty Senate, and State Division of Career Technical Education.

The Academic Calendar Committee, General Education Subcommittee, Liberal Arts Advisory Subcommittee, and STEM Advisory Subcommittee will report to the Curriculum Committee. Additional subcommittees and working groups may be created as needed.

The committee will have a chairperson to call and organize meetings and coordinate with other parts of the college as needed. The committee will also have a vice chairperson to assist the chairperson in carrying out these responsibilities. The committee will have a secretary to record minutes at each meeting.

In order to hold a meeting in which action is taken, a quorum consisting of a simple majority of the committee members must be present. Committee members may select another member of the faculty to attend in their absence and vote on their behalf. A motion will pass with a simple majority of those in attendance. The Chair will vote only in the case of a tie.

F. Method of selecting committee officers

The elected Chair shall serve a minimum two-year term. The committee will nominate and elect a Vice Chair from the existing voting membership or from existing voting members of the General Education Subcommittee, Liberal Arts Advisory Subcommittee, or STEM Advisory Subcommittee. The Vice Chair shall serve under the Chair for a two-year term before becoming chair of the committee. The elected Chair shall serve a minimum two-year term. The committee will nominate and elect a Secretary bi-annually.

G. Reporting

  1. Method of reporting to Provost: The Provost will attend Curriculum Committee meetings. Minutes of Curriculum Committee meetings are posted internally under the Curriculum site
  2. Method of reporting to Faculty Senate: The chair will send a brief monthly update to the Faculty Senate President prior to each regular Senate meeting. The update will be added to the Senate minutes. If the committee has business to be discussed by the Senate, the chair will send as a separate request one week prior to the meeting.
    1. The Idaho State Division of Career Technical Education has final approval authority for CTE programs. The CWI Curriculum Committee will review and add recommendations to CTE curriculum, but the SDCTE retains “approval” authority.

H. Operating Procedures

  1. Frequency of meetings: The Curriculum Committee meets monthly during the Fall and Spring semesters. Additional meetings may be called by the chair as the need arises.
  2. Methods of meeting: Meetings will be in person or via teleconference