Curriculum Policies

Curriculum Policies

All curricular changes for the AY 24-25 catalog must be approved by the May 2024 Faculty Senate meeting.  Some changes and additions may need earlier approval due to CHE and SACS reporting regulations; see the information below for more details.  Please contact Teresa Burns (tburns@coastal.edu; 843 349 2225) with questions.

For a comprehensive list of meeting dates and deadlines for proposals for the Academic Affairs Committee, Graduate Council, the Core Curriculum Committee, and Faculty Senate, please see Curriculum Management.

Policies

Course Changes
New Courses
Program Changes
New Programs

SCCHE Regulations and Forms

The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education accepts new program proposals and program modifications on February 1st and August 1st. In addition, the CHE accepts program modifications on October 1st. These proposals are especially time-sensitive, and proposers should consult the Provost’s Office early in the planning phase to confirm internal and external deadlines. Other paperwork can be submitted throughout the year. All SCCHE policies and procedures for academic programs are found on the SC CHE website. Click on Academic Programs to find the Policies and Procedures for New Academic Program Approval and Program Termination handbook, and links to all required SC CHE forms.

Important Points:

  • All changes of required coursework must be reported to the SCCHE, either as a notification of change, program modification, or new program proposal, depending on the credit count of changes to required courses.
  • Some changes, and all new programs, can take up to 18 months for complete approval, depending on when the change are initiated. Please check with the Provost’s Office to confirm all deadlines and requirements.
  • Programs such as teacher education programs, or programs that require external accreditation can take additional time to be fully approved.
  • All SCCHE paperwork is submitted by the Provost’s Office to the SCCHE liaison. Please prepare and submit the paperwork to the Provost’s Office as requested.
  • All SCCHE paperwork must be submitted as Word documents to the SCCHE. Please provide it to the Provost’s office in the same format.
  • All SCCHE approvals must be received before changes can be made to the catalog or before the program can be advertised and students can be recruited into the program. Some programs may require additional approvals before inclusion in the catalog or recruitment activities can begin.

Please contact Teresa Burns with questions concerning curriculum and program development or changes and SCCHE paperwork.

Please refer to CCU & CHE Cycles for New Programs and Program Modification for dates, deadlines, and routing for new program development, and program modifications. Please contact Teresa Burns (x2225, tburns@coastal.edu) with questions concerning new program development or program modifications and SCCHE paperwork.

Please refer to the SCCHE Decision Chart for guidance on which SCCHE forms are required, based on the change(s) to your program you are considering. Please contact Teresa Burns (x2225, ) with questions concerning SCCHE paperwork.