The University is composed of individuals with various perspectives and of substructures that represent the diverse nature of its mission. The organizational structures at Southeast Missouri State University foster open communication and place specific responsibilities on individual members in their respective departments. The department has a primary role in the curriculum development process and is responsible for the development and maintenance of its curriculum and instructional programs. In terms of the curricular responsibilities, the department is charged to:
While the primary responsibility for course and curricular development and review rests with the department, the collegial process in the University ensures open discussion of and dialogue about instructional related questions. Beyond the department, there are six review committees that may be involved in one or more aspects of the review process.
All programs will be reviewed by the Faculty Advisory Committee for Academic Program Review through the Regular (cyclical) Program Review procedure involving a review of each program at least every five years.
The College Council serves as a review body for all course and curricular proposals generated by departments or interdisciplinary units in the college. These items should be acted upon in a timely fashion.
The College of Education, acting through its College Council, has primary responsibility for ensuring that teacher education programs provide a consistently organized, unified, and coordinated approach to teacher education as outlined in the following section entitled College Council: College of Education. All items involving professional teacher education are referred from the College of Education Council.
The Graduate Council reviews for approval proposals concerning graduate courses, graduate degrees, curriculum changes, new graduate programs and degrees, and instructionally related policies and procedures. Specific responsibilities of the council are outlined in the last section of this document. Items involving teacher education are submitted by the College of Education Council to the Graduate Council. All other graduate items move from the college/school directly to the Graduate Council.
The University Studies Council reviews for approval proposed curricular changes, allocations for funding, review and assessment activities, and other programmatic policies and procedures related to the University Studies program.
The Academic Council serves as a clearinghouse, an appeals body, and a recommending body to the Provost for all curricular changes. Proposals involving undergraduate teacher education flow from the College of Education Council to the Provost; graduate proposals flow from the Graduate Council to the Provost; and University Studies recommendations flow from the University Studies Council to the Provost. All other significant curricular changes are submitted by the appropriate college directly to the Provost.
The Honors Council reviews, for approval, proposals for variable topic seminars and colloquia. It advises the Director of Honors on the appropriateness of proposed honors sections of existing courses and on policies and procedures for the program as a whole. Proposals for all honors courses flow from the college/school to the Honors Council.
Online Course and Program Approval Procedures
Faculty Senate Bill 13-A-24 begins here
The Associate Dean for Online Learning will share information on proposed online course
offerings each semester with the Director of Kent Library, Dean of University Studies,
Textbook Services, and any other affected support offices.
Approved by Faculty Senate Bill 13-A-24, April 24, 2013, Approved by President – May 1, 2013,Posted for 15 Day Review June 2013
The College Council is to serve on behalf of the College of Education as a coordinating and reviewing body for all teacher education programs. Under the leadership of the Dean of the College of Education, who serves as chairperson, the committee has primary responsibility for ensuring that programs offered on campus provide a consistently organized, unified, and coordinated approach to teacher education. Recognizing that teacher education, and particularly secondary and K-12 programs, are the joint responsibility of the academic departments, their respective colleges, and the College of Education, it is understood that there would be a dual approval process for curricular matters and there would be joint appointments for faculty who teach both professional education courses and courses in the academic major.
The Council, acting on behalf of the College of Education, is charged to:
The primary responsibility for the initiation, development, and implementation of teacher education programs lies with the faculty of the College of Education. The College of Education, acting through its College Council after referral from the appropriate department, is responsible for reviewing and approving such program changes and significant modifications as follows:
The review of all curricular items for the College of Education follows the flow chart illustrated by Figure 3.
The Graduate Council has the primary monitoring and policy responsibility for graduate studies. Under the leadership of the Dean of the Graduate School, who serves as chairperson, the council has primary responsibility for initiating, reviewing, and coordinating policies which affect graduate education. While the council has a primary leadership function, the responsibility for the design and modification of graduate programs rests with the departments.
The council is charged to
As representatives of the graduate faculty, members are expected to have sufficient knowledge of graduate studies to enable them to protect the autonomy of department offerings and provide responsible self-government within University-wide policies and procedures in graduate studies. Members must be regular appointees to the graduate faculty and be elected by the graduate faculty in their respective college/school to serve terms of three years. Membership on the council is composed as follows:
The Provost and the chairperson of the Academic Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate.
Graduate students will have representation on the Graduate Council. Graduate student representatives will be invited to serve based on nominations by members of the Graduate Council.
There will be two members from each college/school elected by the graduate faculties of the respective colleges for three-year terms.
Additionally, any college/school accounting for more than twenty-five percent of the total graduate credit hours produced during the preceding calendar year will be entitled to elect two additional representatives to the Graduate Council for each twenty-five percent of total graduate hours produced.
The Graduate Council will be chaired by the Dean of the Graduate School and will elect a Vice Chairperson annually.
The primary responsibility for the initiation, development, and implementation of graduate programs lies with the faculty. The council is responsible for reviewing and approving such program changes and significant modifications as follows:
The council is responsible for fulfilling the charges as stated and effectively disseminating its actions. In fulfilling this leadership role, the chairperson will