Related Associate-Bachelors Curriculum Review

Each year in late fall, the Undergraduate Council subcommittee of the Committee on Academic Programs undertakes a review of all substantive revisions to courses and catalog copy for related associates pathways and bachelors programs. The chair of CAP will prompt colleges in early fall to submit curriculum revision reports by the indicated deadline.

Curricular changes requiring this level of review are as follows:

  • Changes to recommendations and/or requirements for core curriculum Area A through E for either the associate pathway or any related bachelors program.
  • Changes to requirements or electives of Area F for either the associate pathway or any related bachelors program.
  • New lower-division courses with the potential to be taught for both associate and bachelors students (“shared courses”).
  • Changes to the title, prerequisites, description, or hours of shared lower-division courses.

Although they are not required to be identical, the associate-level pathway must map onto the bachelors program in a manner that eliminates the need for students transitioning from Perimeter College to the Atlanta campus to take additional Area F courses or carry forward courses that do not count toward the bachelors program.

Please note, the proposal of new associate pathways is a related, but separate process. Similarly, the proposal of new core curriculum courses includes additional review requirements.

Associate-Bachelors Curriculum Revision Report Format

Each college that shares courses with Perimeter College (PC) and has bachelors programs related to associates pathways should work collaboratively with the PC Dean’s Office to prepare and submit the curriculum revision report as needed for its disciplinary areas using the format below.

  • Atlanta campus college contact(s) with name(s) and email/phone number(s)
  • Perimeter College (PC) contact with name and email/phone numbers
  • Date of submission
  • Implementation term

For the prompts below, pathway/program and course updates should be grouped together by disciplinary area as best possible (e.g., revisions to Biology AS/BS grouped with revisions to BIOL courses).

Pathway/Program Updates:

  • Pathway curriculum: full catalog copy with Area A-E recommendations/requirements and Area F requirements/electives.
  • Bachelors program curriculum: full catalog copy for the related bachelors program (Area A-E recommendations/requirements, Area F, G and beyond).

Course Updates:

  • New courses: with title, prerequisites, description, hours, PC department teaching course, Atlanta departments teaching course
  • Revised courses: Current and proposed title, prerequisites, description, hours; PC department teaching course, Atlanta departments teaching course. Courses to be dropped should be included in this section.

For each set of revisions based on disciplinary area, please address the following:

  • Indicate the general process for consulting across departments and colleges on curricular updates, as well as specific efforts related to individual changes (e.g., data review, external consultation). Note any formal approval processes (i.e., department or college curriculum review).
  • Anticipated impact of the curriculum updates on pathways/programs within the offering departments, colleges, or the university. Expected impact on student progress.
  • Additional resource requirements, if any, and budget implications (e.g., personnel costs, library acquisitions, computing/equipment costs, facilities and other operating costs, graduate student support). Intended method of funding additional costs if any.

Review Process

The review process for associates-bachelors curriculum revision reports consists of the steps below.

  1. Reports should document curricular revisions that have been reviewed and approved by PC and the college with related bachelors programs and/or shared courses in keeping with the existing curriculum review processes of each college.
  2. Reports require the approval of the dean of Perimeter College and the dean of any related bachelors program/course.
  3. The deans should send finalized reports to the chair of the University Senate Committee on Academic Programs (CAP) by October 31 for implementations beginning the following fall. Within CAP, the report will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Council subcommittee in late fall. The subcommittee chair will include the Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness (APIE) in the dissemination of the report to committee members. The APIE may request that notable issues be addressed before subcommittee review commences.
  4. The subcommittee is charged with ensuring that all appropriate consultation and collaboration has occurred as part of the curriculum revision process. The subcommittee may elect to invite the submitting colleges to attend a meeting at which the report is discussed. The subcommittee will then make a final decision on the report, and will report the results of the review as an information item at the next full CAP meeting.
  5. The chair of CAP will notify the APIE in writing of the recommendation of CAP, copying the dean of the colleges submitting the report. The colleges may implement approved changes for the indicated term following this notification.