I . Preamble-The Curriculum Committee of the College of Business is charged with the responsibility of developing a comprehensive and cohesive curriculum for the College of Business (COB) and with updating that curriculum on a continuing basis. This curriculum should address the educational needs of the nation and the world, the educational needs of the state, the land-grant mission of Montana State University, the mission of our College, and the educational desires of our students.
The mission of MSUs College of Business is to prepare students for leadership roles in a diverse and global business world. Our students will.
- Acquire knowledge of current business practices and theory and be conversant in the language of business,
- Develop competencies in critical thinking and problem solving, rational and ethical decision making, communication and leadership skills, and current technology, and
- Become lifelong, self-directed learners as demanded by the dynamic business environment of the future.
Curriculum development is an on-going process and should be conducted in an orderly fashion, seeking continuous improvement. The COB curriculum is more than a collection of tabulated courses. It represents a sequence of education experiences designed to increase the knowledge, skill, interpersonal competence and professional judgement of our students. The curriculum should be designed to support the mission of the college and to meet specific developmental and educational objectives for 211 business students. Outcomes for these objectives should. be measured over time to demonstrate the effectiveness of the curriculum.
2. Curriculum Decisions: The final determination on all curriculum decisions shall be made by the faculty of College of Business and shall be implemented by a written vote of the faculty (see section 1 0).
3. Some Definitions:
a. Faculty: The faculty
referred as used in this policy statement refers to all tenure track faculty
members with appointments in the College of Business.
b. Course changes: All of the following are changes; a change in the number of credit hours, the addition or deletion of a course, the addition or deletion of a program, option or minor, a change in course content, a change in prerequisites, a change in course title, a change in course description and other changes in catalog content.
c. The faculty in an option: All faculty members who have taught one or more courses in the most recent two semesters and summer sessions (preceding the summer session and present semester) with that option's rubric.
d. The Curriculum Committee of the College of Business: Shall be refer to as the College Curriculum Committee (CCC).
College of Business adjunct faculty members are encouraged to select a member to serve on the CCC.
The COB Student Advisory Council is encouraged to select a student member to serve on the CCC.
Should a member of the CCC leave the committee prior to the expiration of er/his term, the Associate Dean will appoint a replacement to serve the remainder of that term. The replacement will be selected in a manner which to the extent possible balances discipline representation (same as the person who left), gender and workload in the judgment of the Associate Dean.
5. General Schedule: The following general schedule for CCC activities is suggested.
Year 1 (Off catalog Year)
- Spring - COB general curriculum plan developed after assessing educational outcomes and reviewing the COB mission
- Summer - General curriculum plan distributed to faculty
- Autumn - General curriculum plan discussed, modified, and adopted by the faculty
- Spring - Specific curriculum change proposals generated by the faculty, the CCC and ad hoc curriculum groups
- Summer - Specific curriculum change proposals distributed to faculty
- Autumn - Specific curriculum change proposals discussed, modified and voted on by the faculty
6. Proposed Changes: Any tenure track faculty member or interest group of such faculty, any faculty area or discipline and/or ad hoc curriculum group appointed by the Dean or the Associate Dean may propose changes. The CCC itself may propose changes. All proposed changes are to be submitted to the CCC. The CCC shall notify the faculty as soon as possible of the content of all proposals It receives or generates (at a minimum proposals shall be posted on a bulletin board by faculty mailboxes).
7. Consideration of Changes: The CCC shall consider all additions, deletions and other changes in courses (pre-core, core and other courses), programs (i.e. Information Systems) and options in the curriculum of the COB. The CCC shall consider the addition of all new curriculum programs and the elimination of any existing programs. The CCC shall formulate recommendations and shall submit them to the faculty of the College of Business for discussion and vote.
8. Proposal Review: The CCC shall review all proposals and may amend or otherwise modify any proposals. The CCC shall prepare a report on each proposal that shall include at a minimum the vote, recorded, of each member and the basis for the recommendation. All proposals receiving a negative recommendation by the CCC may be submitted to the faculty for consideration under normal CCC procedures if requested by the originator(s).
9. Option Changes: Some proposed curriculum changes will turn out to be solely within an option (typically these will be in regards to courses that are not pre-core or core). Any such proposed change must be approved by a majority vote of faculty within the option before further consideration will be given to the proposal. If this proposal is approved by the option, a written review and recommendation should be prepared by the faculty in the option before it is forwarded to the CCC. The CCC will then conduct a review and present its recommendation to COB faculty for discussion and vote.
10. Faculty Approval: The process of COB faculty approval/disapproval shall be as follows. At least one week (meaning seven calendar days) prior to a general faculty meeting, each faculty member shall receive a written copy of the proposal and report from CCC. At this first general faculty meeting the proposed change should be presented as a motion and seconded by faculty for adoption. At a minimum there should be a brief explanation and discussion of the proposal. This is called the first reading.
At a second faculty meeting, to be held no sooner than one week after the first, the proposal shall again be brought to the floor for a second reading and discussion. At this time it is subject to amendment, etc. as would any motion. (For an amendment to qualify for the written ballot, to be described in the next paragraph, it must receive a majority vote by yea or nay in the faculty meeting as meriting consideration for the written ballot.)
After the faculty meeting the original motion and all qualifying amendments offered from the floor or elsewhere are to be voted on by written ballot distributed to the faculty. After the faculty meeting, but prior to this vote, the CCC may review amendments that were offered and circulate a report to the faculty with its assessment and committee vote on the amendments.
11. Catalog Copy: The
CCC shall be responsible for reviewing and signing off on all original
COB curriculum and catalog copy and galley proofs before they are processed
by the Associate Dean.