New Concentration Proposal for Existing Majors
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To initiate a new concentration to an existing
major, departments need to prepare a proposal providing the information
requested on the form below. The completed proposal is first submitted
to the Curriculum Committee for review of the goals, curriculum,
course analysis and assessment or evaluation plan. The Curriculum
Committee makes a recommendation and sends this, along with the
original proposal, to the Academic Affairs Committee for the final
Columbia College Chicago Curriculum Committee Review
for Proposed Concentration
following information is needed for the review of a proposed new
concentration within an existing major.
- Course titles, descriptions, and syllabi for
all courses included in this concentration. (For new courses include
course outline, if syllabi are not available. Syllabi are not
necessary for core courses of existing major.)
- A list of major requirements, including core
requirement, concentration, and suggested departmental electives.
- A projected four-year student program that includes
the complete major, general studies requirements, and all college
In addition to providing the information above,
please address the following questions for the review.
- Goal of new concentration
- What are the educational goals for the proposed
- How do the goals of this new concentration
relate to the mission of the department/program and the mission
of the college?
- Projected Student Population
- Who is your projected student clientele?
How will this concentration attract new students to the school?
- Give evidence of the need for this program
in the Chicago area.
- What similar programs are offered in the
- If similar programs exist, how is your project
- What plans do you have for marketing this
- Faculty or Personnel
- What are the faculty requirements for this
new concentration? Can your present full-time faculty teach
and administer this added concentration, or are additional
faculty needed? How many part-time faculty will be teaching
courses in this concentration?
- Do the areas of expertise of the present
faculty relate to the projected curriculum or do present faculty
need to be re-trained?
- Describe the resources required for this
new concentration. (This includes space, equipment, and staff
support.) Are these resources already available or do they
need to be purchased?
- What is the projected cost for marketing
this new major?
- Is outside funding available for purchase
of equipment, books, or other materials?
- Curriculum and Course Analysis
- What is the rationale for the structure
of this concentration? (Number of courses required, number
of electives suggested, course sequence noted, and relationship
to the existing core.)
- Is there an official organization in your
discipline that specified or suggests courses to be included
in undergraduate programs? If so, please append a copy of
- Do courses in other departments appear to
overlap with some of the courses offered in your concentration?
If so, which ones?
- What courses from other departments are
you planning to include or require in your curriculum?
- What are the preparatory courses in the
major that serve to introduce the student to the program?
- What courses provide a summary to the program
and give direction to the student's projected employment or
further academic study?
- Are the courses included in this concentration
new ones or are they presently in the curriculum? List all
new courses. Have they been reviewed by the Curriculum Committee?
- What opportunities are available for internships
or work/study programs in this concentration?
- How do the courses in this major prepare
students for immediate employment or further study? How do
the courses prepare students to adjust to future changes in
- How does this concentration relate to the
other concentrations with the major department or program?
- What plans have you made to evaluate the
success of your curriculum?
Concentration review (1995) based
on approved major review, 1992.
If you have questions, contact Jan Garfield, at email@example.com
or your Curriculum Committee departmental