Minor Change vs Modified Course Proposal

Changes to courses that involve information that goes in the catalog are modifications and will take more time . These changes to your course offerings should be discussed during the curriculum review process as part of your program review, then a plan for implementation should be determined giving yourself about a year to ensure quality changes.

If you are simply updating material that does not appear in the Catalog that is considered a “Minor Course Change” and the approval process is much shorter. The following are things we consider minor:

Textbook Updates

Modifying lecture/lab content

Updating objectives

Adding SLOs

The following are required to go to CIPD/Board or what we consider “Modified Course Proposal

If a change is made to the:

Department name and/or abbreviation

Course number

Course title

Course description

Pre/corequisite, including recommended preparation

Hours for lecture and/or laboratory

Grading basis

Remember! For these you might need to consult with other colleges if they teach the same course: Consultation Procedures

If you add a:

DE Addendum (this doesn’t have to be uniform throughout the district, but goes to CIPD as informational only)

Cross listing

If you are creating a “Fee Based Course” the form is much shorter, but it does have to go to the Board of Trustees for approval, so make sure you have enough time. There’s a handout to help you with creating a Fee Based Course on the “Getting Started” page.

 If courses need to go to CIPD, please give yourself at least 2 months to complete the process. Be sure you are aware of dates posted on the Meeting Information page.