CSU, Chico

Curriculum FAQ

Curriculum FAQ

What is a CPCR Form and how do I complete one?

A Course Proposal or Change Request (CPCR) form is the general form used for adding, changing, or deleting a course from the catalog.  To complete the form follow the process below:

Begin the process by completing a CPCR form.  These can be found online at: http://cypress.csuchico.edu/apo/CPCR/

The easy way to to click on the START button and answer the questions.  Use the comments field to explain why you are making the change.  Save the PDF file and email to the Curriculum Committee Chair for distribution.

What are the deadlines for catalog changes?

Deadlines are listed in the Academic Procedure Manual available online at:

http://www.csuchico.edu/vpaa/manual/CatalogDeadlines.shtml

NOTE:  Allow time for changes to be reviewed by the Curriculum Committee and Faculty (if needed).

What are the University procedures for catalog changes?

Procedures are listed the Academic Department Manual available online at:

http://www.csuchico.edu/vpaa/manual/

How do I add a course?

Courses can be added in two ways.  Commonly a new course is first taught as a "topics" course.  These courses have a number of 198 (lower division) or 398 (upper division).  See FAQ on Topics courses.  Courses may also be added directly.  To do this complete a CPCR form.  Write a brief summary addressing the rational for the new course.  Include anticipated enrollment, target audience, how it fits with the existing curriculum, and any other information you feel would be helpful to the committee.  Email the summary and CPCR to the Curriculum Committee Chair for distribution. 

How can I add a course that used to be in the Catalog? 

Complete a CPCR form (add) and under comments note the reason for adding, and catalog year where the course was last listed. Email CPCR to the Curriculum Committee Chair for distribution.  Note: Course Numbering Policies are found in the Academic Department Manual: http://www.csuchico.edu/vpaa/manual/

How do I change a course description or other course attribute.

Complete a CPCR form (Change) and under comments note the reason for the changes. Email CPCR to the Curriculum Committee Chair for distribution. 

How do I offer a "special topics" course?

Topics courses are offered as a 198 (lower division) or 398 (upper division) one time.  To initiate the process you must complete a "memo of intent".  Address in the memo of intent the target audience of the course, anticipated enrollment, and how the course supports and fits into the current curriculum.  Develop a syllabus for the course using the College syllabus template. 

University deadlines must be followed.  Allow enough time for review by the Curriculum Committee, Program Coordinator, and Dean.   Email the Memo of Intent and the syllabus to the Curriculum Committee Chair for distribution.

For the complete procedure please review: http://www.csuchico.edu/vpaa/manual/SpecialTopicsCourses.shtml

I offered a topics class and how do I want to add it to the catalog? 

Complete a CPCR form.  Under Comments explain that the course was offered as a topics course and now you wish to make the course permanent. Provide a brief summary for the committee that includes how the enrollment went for the topics class, and explain how it fits into the College course offerings (e.g. Spring only, pre-requisites, etc. ).  Email the summary and CPCR to the Curriculum Committee Chair for distribution.  Note: Course Numbering Policies are found in the Academic Department Manual: http://www.csuchico.edu/vpaa/manual/

How do I change the requirements for a major or option?

Begin by creating a Word document of the existing text.  You can capture the text from the online catalog.  Turn on "Track Changes" (under the review tab).  Edit the text.  By using track changes we can see old and new text.  Write a summary that addresses the rational for the change (can be part of the same document).  

Consultation:  Changes that add or remove a course taught outside the college should include consultation with the department offering the course.  Documentation of this consultation (e.g. email) should be included with the change.

Email the document to the Curriculum Committee Chair for distribution.  Most of these changes will need to be reviewed by the Curriculum Committee and the full faculty.

How do I edit the text found in the catalog description (not course related)?

Begin by creating a Word document of the existing text.  You can capture the text from the online catalog.  Turn on "Track Changes" (under the review tab).  Edit the text.  By using track changes we can see old and new text.  Write a summary that addresses the rational for the change (can be part of the same document).   Email the document to the Curriculum Committee Chair for distribution. 

How do I get an "oak leaf" for my course in the catalog?

If you course meets the sustainability guidelines simply complete a CPCR form and check the "green" box.  Add an explanation under Comments. Email CPCR to the Curriculum Committee Chair for distribution.

How do I change pre-requisites for my course?

Complete a CPCR form (Change) and under comments note the reason for the pre-requisites.  Email CPCR to the Curriculum Committee Chair for distribution.