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Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2020

Response to College Senate Recommendations: DOPS Policies on Course Numbers, Course Titles, and Prerequisites

At its December 13, 2019, meeting, the College Senate voted in favor of three resolutions on the following DOPS policies:

  1. DOPS Policy IV: 09:00: Course Number Change
  2. DOPS Policy IV: 10:00: Course Title Change
  3. DOPS Policy IV: 11:00: Adding, Replacing, and Removing Prerequisites from Courses

Resolution 1

BUFFALO STATE COLLEGE
DIRECTORY OF POLICY STATEMENTS
Policy Number: IV: 09:00
Subject: Course Number Change

  1. Changes of number sequencing within a level (e.g., XXX 100 to XXX 250) do not require College Senate Curriculum Committee approval. Changes of number sequencing within a level may be made by the department chair by securing approval from the dean. A memorandum along with the minimal change form must be sent to the Academic Affairs Office along with a copy to the chair of the College Senate Curriculum Committee.
  2. For number changes from one level to another (e.g., XXX 111 to XXX 311), the department chair will submit the revised course proposal via the online workflow management system. The course must be revised so that the student learning outcomes, assessments, and course content corresponds to the level of the class. The revised course proposal will be reviewed following the policies outline in DOPS IV:02:00. 

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Resolution 2

BUFFALO STATE COLLEGE
DIRECTORY OF POLICY STATEMENTS

Policy Number: IV: 10:00
Subject: Course Title Change

  1. Title changes that do not constitute a significant change in course content may be made by a department chair securing approval from the dean and then sending a memorandum on the minimal change form to the Academic Affairs Office, copying the chair of the College Senate Curriculum Committee.
  2. For title changes that constitute a significant change in course content, the department chair will submit a revised course proposal via the online workflow management system. The course must be revised so that the student learning outcomes, assessments, and course content corresponds to the level of the class. The revised course proposal will be reviewed following the policies outline in DOPS IV:02:00.

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Resolution 3

BUFFALO STATE COLLEGE
DIRECTORY OF POLICY STATEMENTS

Policy Number: IV: 11:00
Subject: Adding, Replacing, and Removing Prerequisites from Courses

  1. Changes in prerequisites that do not constitute a significant change in course content may be made by a department chair securing approval from the dean and then sending a memorandum on the minimal change form to the Academic Affairs Office, copying the chair of the College Senate Curriculum Committee. The memorandum must give the rationale for the change and explain how the proposed change does NOT result in any increase in the total number of credits required for program completion through the addition of hidden prerequisites.
  2. For prerequisite changes that constitute a significant change in course content, the department chair will submit the revised course proposal via the online workflow management system. The course must be revised so that the student learning outcomes, assessments, and course content corresponds to the level of the class. The revised course proposal will be reviewed following the policies outline in DOPS IV:02:00. 

I hereby accept the recommendation of the College Senate regarding the three resolutions. I charge the provost with responsibility for overseeing the implementation of this policy change and for communicating the change to the campus community.

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