Carolina State University
SACS Compliance Certification
August 15, 2003
Educational Programs 3.4.11 (program coordinators)
Curriculum development and revision begin with the faculty and are vetted through departmental courses and curriculum processes (see Comprehensive Standards: Educational Programs #12). This is true of both on-campus and distance education programs. The academic department head must approve curriculum proposals prior to submission for further review by the college curriculum committee and later the University Courses and Curricula Committee.
Regarding program coordination and review, the university’s colleges employ a system of academic program coordinators appointed by academic department heads to manage and facilitate curriculum coordination and review for specific academic programs. In all cases, the program coordinators are academic leaders within their departments and colleges. All are qualified with terminal degrees in the appropriate field.
In instances where academic programs have cross-disciplinary emphases, the program coordinator has academic credentialing in one of the disciplinary areas and a demonstrated capacity for facilitating curriculum development across the associated disciplines.
All DGPs are tenured (or tenure-track) faculty members who have distinguished themselves in research, thesis direction, and graduate teaching. Evidence of such distinction is indicated by a number of significant publications, by service as chair of the advisory committees for several master's students or as co-chair of the advisory committees for doctoral students, and by excellence in graduate teaching. In certain instances, one or two of these experiences may be considered sufficient.
The DGP has authority for course and curricular issues going forward to the colleges’ Graduate Studies Committees and on to the Administrative Board of the Graduate School. Where applicable, the DGP is responsible for both on-campus and distance education programs within his or her department.