Curriculum Proposal Process (Binder Process)

Changes in courses, curricula and fees are processed annually through the “binder process.”  Each department receives a curriculum binder in August from the registrar which includes current information about courses, fees and degree requirements.  Department Curriculum Coordinators prepare the binder for changes in courses, fees and degree requirements which have been approved by the department faculty, department curriculum committee (where applicable), and the department chair.    

A guide to this process and all necessary forms are available in the Course Proposal Guide.
Department Curriculum Coordinator responsibilities include:

  • Attend training session
  • Attend the Curriculum Review meeting
  • Ensure quality of information in department binder
  • Ensure adherence to process timeline
  • Share all changes which affect other departments’ degree programs using courseprop-l@mtu.edu and at the Curriculum Review meeting.
  • Determine whether course changes in other departments affects their department’s courses or degrees and seek faculty input on these changes.
  • Be  available for the entire process timeline and designate an alternate
  • Serve as contact persons in their department to resolve problems and answer questions

Courseprop-l@mtu.edu is a listserv for department curriculum coordinators and alternates and facilitates interdepartmental communication about course and program changes.  All coordinators and alternates are members of  courseprop-l@mtu.edu .  Please use this listserv to  share your course and degree requirement changes in a timely manner.  Coordinators can share individual changes or attach the completed department summary sheet.

Any proposed changes in courses used by other departments for degree requirements or as prerequisites must be communicated as soon as possible so departments will have time to adjust their courses and/or degrees. This includes degree changes which add or drop courses offered by other departments. Conversely, the coordinator is responsible for determining whether course changes in other departments affects their department’s courses or degrees.

A copy of all proposed course changes as listed on the Departmental Summary Sheet must be placed in front of the departmental binder.

Information about course numbering, credit hours, and half-semester courses can all be found in the Course Proposal Guide (see Course Information, Course Add, and Glossary).

 Course Lab Fee Annual Budget Sheet