Curriculum Implementation Committee (CIC)

2017-2018 CIC Meeting Dates

  • Fall 2017
    • Tuesday, September 05 2017
    • Tuesday, September 26 2017
    • Friday, Spetemeber 29 2017- Spring 2018 course proposals due
    • Tuesday, October 03 2017
    • Tuesday, October 17 2017
    • Tuesday, October 24 2017
    • Tuesday, October 31 2017
    • Tuesday, November 07 2017
    • Tuesday, November 28 2017
  • Spring 2018
    • Tuesday, January 23 2018
    • Tuesday, January 30 2018
    • Tuesday, February 06 2018
    • Tuesday, February 13 2018
    • Friday, February 16, 2018- Fall 2018 course proposals due
    • Tuesday, February 20 2018
    • Tuesday, February 27 2018
    • Tuesday, March 06 2018
    • Tuesday, March 27 2018
    • Tuesday, April 03 2018
    • Tuesday, April 10 2018
    • Tuesday, April 17 2018
    • Tuesday, April 24 2018
    • Tuesday, May 08 2018

New and Revised Course Proposals:

  • All new courses and substantial revisions of existing courses are first reviewed and approved by the Curriculum Implementation Committee (CIC). Then they are approved by the Curriculum and Educational Policy Committee (CEP) and by faculty vote at a faculty meeting.
  • Course Proposal and Revision Form (for new/revised courses)
  • Distribution Designation Request Form (for courses already approved)

Timing of Approval:

  • The CIC attempts to review all proposals submitted (and for which approvals have been received from the relevant department chairs) by the Friday before the Tuesday meeting. (An unusually high number of submitted proposals may require multiple meetings before all proposals are reviewed.)
  • Instructors or department/program chairs may be contacted for supplemental information or clarification.
  • Once the CIC has approved a course proposal, it is added to the next CEP meeting agenda.
  • After the CEP has approved a proposal, it is voted on at a faculty meeting.
  • In general, faculty should plan to submit proposals for new and revised courses at least six months before the start of the term in which they want to teach the course.
  • Course proposals from existing faculty for new 2018 spring courses are due September 29, 2017, and for Fall 2018 courses, on February 16, 2018.

Definition of "New" Course:

  • A new course is one that has never previously been taught at Bowdoin. As long as a course was previously taught at Bowdoin and was not approved for a limited duration, it may be reintroduced into the curriculum without another approval.

Revisions Needing Approval:

  • Revisions requiring approval include (a) a significant change in the content of a course; (b) a change to allow a course to be repeated for credit; (c) a change in prerequisite that makes it more, rather than less, restrictive; (d) changes in registration restrictions (majors only, seniors only, etc.) that are more, rather than less, restrictive; (e) a change in numbering that reflects a change in level; (f) a change in credit value; (g) a change in grading option; and (h) a change in distribution designations.

Submission of Proposals:

  • A course proposal is submitted by a faculty member or a department chair after a department/program committee has discussed how the course will contribute to the department/program's offerings. The approval of the chair or director is required on all proposals; when a proposal is not initially submitted by a chair, approval of the chair is subsequently solicited.

Defining Cross-Listed Courses:

  • A cross-listed course is one that is listed in more than one department or program. New cross-listed courses and substantial revisions must be approved by all relevant department chairs and program directors.

Exceptions to Standard Course Registration Limits:

  • Requests for exceptions to the standard course registration limits are made for a wide variety of reasons. The CIC and CEP must always judge whether a request is reasonable and appropriate. In the past, exceptions have been approved due to limited lab or studio space, due to limited space in vans for field trips, to make an experimental course more workable, and when dividing a course into multiple sections is accompanied by a different use of faculty resources in the department.

Registration Restrictions:

  • First years only is the restriction appropriately used for first-year seminars.
  • There is precedent for non-major and introductory-level courses having a restriction of first years or sophomores only, particularly when there is history of similar courses filling to their limits.
  • There is also precedent for advanced-level courses being restricted to majors only; the capstone course in a major is often restricted to senior majors only.
  • These precedents indicate that previous requests for such restrictions have been viewed as reasonable and appropriate; the CIC and CEP base decisions on current issues and registration patterns.
  • The permission of instructor only restriction is allowed only under exceptional circumstances. An instructor must have a very good reason to be allowed to select students outside of the usual mechanisms of course prerequisites, registration restrictions, and registration preferences.

Registration Preferences:

  • Registration preferences ensure fair access to courses by determining the registration priority when demand for a course exceeds its registration limit during the first round of registration processing.

Questions about the course proposal process should be addressed to