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Comprehensive Standards 3.4.12

Last Updated August 13, 2004
(static edition)

Comprehensive Standards 3.4.12:

The institution places primary responsibility for the content, quality, and effectiveness of its curriculum with its faculty.

The Institution Certifies Compliance: Yes

Compliance report completed by: Audit Team 23

Statement of Rationale for Judgment of Compliance:

Faculty at the University of Memphis are responsible for reviewing and maintaining the content, quality, and effectiveness of curriculum through a comprehensive process that begins at the faculty level in academic departments and includes review and approval at the departmental and college levels. [1] The process extends through the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UUCC) for undergraduate curriculum and the University Council for Graduate Studies and Research (UCGSR) for graduate curriculum. The process is similar for both undergraduate and graduate programs. Faculty members in each discipline are responsible for developing and sequencing courses and learning objectives, preparing course syllabi, and evaluating student progress. Proposals relating to curriculum (including additions, changes, and deletions) originate with faculty at the department or academic unit level and undergo a thorough review by departmental and college curriculum committees. [2] The committees are composed of faculty, with administrators serving as ex officio members to assist with procedural changes and to answer questions as needed.

Regarding UofM's educational programs:

  • The Office of Academic Affairs monitors the university’s general education program.  A new general education program common core was recently developed by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) staff and faculty from system institutions.  This core has been approved by the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and the University of Memphis Faculty Senate. It will go into effect Fall 2004. [3]
  • The director of the University Honors Program (a member of the faculty in the department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research) administers program policies, admission standards, retention, program coordination and assessment, benefits, and the awarding of scholarships relating to the Honors Program.  Faculty members are responsible for developing courses taught in the Honors Program.
  • Departmental or academic unit committees review all curricular matters and proposals that are initiated by faculty members in the respective department or academic unit.  There are separate committees for undergraduate [4] and graduate [5] curricular matters in each department or academic unit.
  • In each college or school, an undergraduate studies committee and a graduate council review all curricular matters and proposals that are recommended by departments or academic units. The committees or councils are composed of faculty members who have been elected by their respective departments or academic units.
  • The University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UUCC) reviews all undergraduate curricular matters and program proposals recommended by the college and school committees.  The UUCC, composed of faculty members from the colleges and schools, makes curricular recommendations to the provost. [2]
  • The University Council for Graduate Studies and Research (UCGSR) reviews all graduate curriculum revisions and program proposals that have originated with and passed curriculum committees at the departmental, school, and college levels.  Members include the college directors of graduate studies and research and faculty representatives of each college and school.  The UCGSR makes recommendations to the provost relating to curricular matters and proposals. [2
  • The Faculty Senate’s Academic Policies Committee reviews and makes recommendations to the Faculty Senate on such matters as admission and retention standards, curriculum, transfer requirements, academic advising, academic discipline, high school relations, residence requirements, non-credit academic programs, and related matters. Members of the UofM Faculty Senate are elected by the faculty and represent the various departments and academic units. [6]

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Supporting Documentation and Evidence:

[1] University of Memphis Policy UM1279 Curriculum Development and Revision
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[2] Levels of Curricular Approval
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[3] UofM General Education Program Requirements
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[4] Departmental Curriculum Committee Chairs, Undergraduate
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[5] Departmental Curriculum Committee Chairs, Graduate
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[6] Faculty Senate, Academic Policies Committee
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