Frequently Asked Questions
- When should I submit course proposals to the CAC?
- How far ahead do I need to propose a course to get it into the quarterly schedule?
- How do I get involved with CAC?
- What is CAC and who is on the committee?
- What forms do I need to...propose a new course, change class mode, revise a course?
- What is the difference between a Course Outline and a Syllabus?
- I’ve never created a new course before. Who can I get advice from if I need it?
- I understand some courses are “tagged.” What is a “tag,” and does it affect my course proposal?
- When is my next Program Review?
- What do I have to do for our Program Review?
- When do I meet with the IAC?
- What can the IAC do for me?
1. When should I submit course proposals to the CAC?
Any time you would like to offer a completely new course or alter the content or mode of delivery of an existing course. All curriculum offered by the institution must first be approved by the Curriculum Approval Committee.
One of the purposes of the CAC is to ensure that all newly proposed courses fulfill the Missions and Values of Seattle Community Colleges, clearly state their objectives and provide a means of assessing that these objectives are met.
2. How far ahead do I need to propose a course to get it into the quarterly schedule?
CAC tries to process courses as quickly as possible. In most cases a proposal can be approved within the quarter it’s submitted. However, the deadline for getting your class printed in the quarterly class schedule is typically two quarters ahead. A class can be offered in the quarter directly after the quarter in which it is approved—however, it will not appear in the class schedule and would need to have separate PR to let its existence be known!
Note that for course proposals that are filed incomplete, incorrectly or not on time, the CAC approval process may take longer. Consequently, the committee recommends thorough, complete and timely submissions. Deadline each quarter. [insert submission link to “deadline page” here]
Example: If you want to offer a course in Spring Quarter it should be approved by Fall Quarter of the previous year to meet the printed schedule deadline.
3. How do I get involved with CAC?
The CAC is always happy to involve faculty who are interested and willing to make a commitment to guide curriculum development by regularly attending CAC meetings. Please contact the CAC Chair.
- Proposed courses meet the Missions and Values of Seattle Central Community College (SCCC), clearly state their objectives and provide a means of assessing that these objectives are met. Furthermore, if these courses are requesting a tag (i.e. C, GS, IS, QSR or US)—the committee will ensure that the requirements for these tags are clearly met in the proposal for the course.
- Programs in the college (e.g. English, History, Mathematics, etc.) are reviewed periodically and consistently to make sure that they (as well) are meeting the Missions and Values of SCCC and assessing their program objectives.
Click for a list of the current members of the CAC.
- Propose a new course
- Change class mode (e.g., from in-class to on-line)
- Revise or change course goals, objectives or outline (of an existing course)
Visit the Course Establishment and Revision Guide for details.
6. What is the difference between a Course Outline and a Syllabus?
The Course Outline (included in the Course Establishment Form) gives the most basic requirements that a course must fulfill, regardless of mode, location or presenting faculty. The Course Outline is the college’s contract with the state.
The Syllabus reflects the specific pedagogy as delivered by individual faculty. The Syllabus is a contract with your students.
7. I’ve never created a new course before. Who can I get advice from if I need it?
The most direct assistance can be had by contacting your Division Deans or the CAC Chair.
8. I understand some courses are “tagged.” What is a “tag,” and does it affect my course proposal?
A “tag” is a designation reflecting coursework which meets AA or AS degree requirements. The CRC evaluates tags when courses are approved or revised. Once a course is designated with a particular tag, the course must be taught with that tag regardless of mode. These tags are (click below for designation criteria):
- Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (QSR)
- United States Cultures (US)
- Global Studies (GS)
- Communications (C)
- Integrated Studies (IS)
See the Multiple Year Schedule. Reviews are scheduled out up to four years in advance. You will be contacted a quarter ahead of time by someone from the committee to review the process.
See the Overview to the Program Review Process. Most documents are ones you have already created--your PAVS report, your Annual Assessment Report, and copies of your current outlines and syllabi. You should send copies of materials a few weeks before your meeting with the committee. At the meeting you discuss the current state of the program including your plans for the future.
Anytime you want. If you have questions about how to develop assessment strategies for your program contact the IAC chair and someone from the committee will meet with you.
In addition to helping with long term planning and development of program assessments the committee will help you fill out your Annual Assessment Report, and parts of your PAVS report. IAC members also sit in on program reviews to help programs develop their assessment plans.