AP&P Board Policy 7900 and AP 7900.01
Board Policy 7900
Curriculum development is conducted by the faculty. The board of trustees relies primarily
on the recommendations of the Academic Senate for policies and procedures in the area
curriculum development and approval. Through the Academic Policy and Planning (AP&P)
Committee, the Academic Senate assures that those policies and procedures are implemented
and that quality courses and programs are recommended for approval. In this process
the faculty bodies collaborate with the vice president, academic affairs.
The AP&P Committee is a standing committee of the Academic Senate. The Academic Senate
provides faculty oversight of the procedures and process while the AP&P Committee
is charged with the responsibility of reviewing and recommending curriculum.
New course proposals may be originated by any of the following: (1) departments acting
as a body; (2) any individual faculty member, full-time or associate; (3) student
council; (4) requests from community organizations; (5) requests from governmental
agencies; and (6) instructional administrators. These proposals must be developed
in collaboration with college departments and presented to the Academic Policy and
Planning Committee for approval. The overall program of the college will be continually
appraised to assure that the courses offered meet the needs of the students and the
community. Revisions of the curriculum shall be based upon evaluation studies, changing
educational needs of the students and employment opportunities.
Legal Reference: California Administrative Code - Title 5, Section 55002
Administrative Procedure 7900.01
Actions of the Academic Planning and Policy Committee are reported to academic departments
and student services by faculty representatives serving on the committee and to the
administration by the vice president, academic affairs who sits as an ex officio member.
Formal reports of committee actions are directed to the Academic Senate Executive
Committee for review and approval. When approved, the reports are forwarded to the
superintendent/president of the college to be submitted to the board of trustees.
If the Senate Executive Committee has concerns about the procedures or processes utilized
in the curriculum development/approval process, the Senate Executive Committee may
either: 1) return the report to AP&P for reconsideration and possible amendment, 2)
bring its concerns to the full Senate for discussion.
The superintendent/president reviews the report and makes recommendations to the board
of trustees for action.
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