Curriculum Development

Updated: April 27, 2016

MSU has a new online process for managing course and program changes. The Course Inventory Management software, or CIM (pronounced Kim) is now available for:

  • Proposing a new course
  • Changing the characteristics of an existing course
  • Proposing a new program (i.e., major, minor, option, or certificate)
  • Modifying an existing program

CIM is connected to the catalog management software, CourseLeaf, so that course and program changes are automatically reflected in the next MSU catalog, both online and print versions.

Notes:

  • CIM is used whenever you want to make a change to a course or program and have that change appear in the next MSU catalog.
  • CIM is NOT used to make changes to available sections listed in the Schedule of Classes. The standard paper process (form available here) is still used to update listings in the Schedule of Classes.

Resources

Instructional materials related to the CIM (Course Inventory Management) system are currently being developed. These links will become live as the documents become available.

Our goal is to make CIM available to all faculty so that any faculty member can propose a new course. If you find that CIM does not allow access using your MSU NetID, Keely Holmes in the Provost's Office can help with access issues in CIM.

Approval Process (Workflow) Using CIM

Deadlines and Target Dates

New Courses (pdf)

Deadline graphic for new course proposals

New Programs

The new (March 2016) MUS review process for new academic programs has some deadlines and requirements that will impact the amount of time required to review a proposal for a new academic program:

    1. The proposed new program must appear on the MSU Academic Plan. Items are added to the MSU Academic Plan once a year, in March.
    2. An Intent to Plan must be filed and reviewed before campus review can begin. This review step is likely to take 1.5 months.
    3. Campus review begins with submitting a CIM proposal for the new program. The campus review process typically takes 2 to 3 months.
    4. Once a proposal has been approved at all levels on the MSU campus, the CIM proposal is converted to a Level II Curriculum Proposal and submitted to OCHE at least 6 weeks prior to the next meeting of the Board of Regents.
    5. Once the Board of Regents has approved the new program, a substantive change proposal must be prepared and submitted to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The NWCCU review process typically takes 2 to 3 months.

 

Course or Program Changes for Next Catalog (pdf)

Deadline graphic for catalog changes