The Curriculum Committee derives its authority from the Oxnard College Participatory Governance/Standing, Advisory and Ad-Hoc Committees Manual in 2010 by the Academic and Classified Senates, Associated Student Government, and OC Management. The Curriculum Committee is a subcommittee of the academic senate and is a participatory governance committee. The Oxnard College faculty is charged by Title 5 with the primary responsibility for making recommendations in the areas of curriculum and academic standards to the Board of Trustees. The Curriculum Committee reports out to the academic senate.
In its role as the body that recommends new and revised curriculum to the governing board of the District, the Oxnard College Curriculum Committee provides guidance, advocacy, and oversight in the development of courses, programs, and academic policies, to ensure that the curriculum is academically sound, comprehensive, and responsive to the evolving needs of the academic, business, and social community, in the fulfillment of the college’s mission. This committee directly supports Item No(s). 1, 2 and 4 under 10+1.
Members are to be appointed annually. The curriculum committee membership will consist of: Co-Chairs
- Executive Vice President of Student Learning
- Academic Senate President or designee
- one voting faculty member to represent each instructional, library, and counseling department
- administrative representative
- classified senate representative
- student representative
- Articulation and Transfer Center Counselors
- one faculty representative from AFT
- all instructional deans except the administrative representative
Members are requested to bring their meeting packets, current college catalog, and committee handbook to the meetings.
- To recommend program changes, certificate pattern changes, course changes, or deletions for approval, when necessary, by the Board of Trustees, making sure such changes meet the standards set forth by the Education Code and Title 5.
- To recommend new courses, their classification as degree, non-degree credit, or non-credit, applicability to associate degree and transfer general education patterns, general transferability, and other curricular elements as mandated by Title 5.
- To recommend all credit and non-credit programs, certificate patterns, and proficiency awards for approval by the Board of Trustees. To be recommended, all programs must meet the standards set forth by the Education Code and Title 5.
- To recommend graduation requirements and general education requirements for the A.A. and A.S. degrees for approval by the Board of Trustees.
- To ensure that the college’s curriculum is current and reviewed on a regular basis.
In order to accomplish the above goals, the Curriculum Committee:
- Acts upon new course proposals, course revisions, program proposals and changes, and college and district academic policies. Course and program proposals and changes will receive two readings.
- Receives course and program proposals and revisions from departments and distributes them to the technical review subcommittee (technical review, Learning Outcomes Team, Distance Learning Subcommittee) and the articulation officer for review prior to first reading.
- Recommends revisions or clarifications as necessary at first reading.
- Approves proposals and revisions at second reading upon ascertaining that statutory, regulatory, and professional requirements are met.
- Communicates via the co-chairs with the District Technical Review Workgroup (DTRW), transmitting proposals as appropriate for review; and receives DTRW recommendations.
- Encourages the timely review and revision of courses within a five-year cycle.
- Receives, as information, proposals for new Community Services courses. Verifies that appropriate department/discipline faculty have been informed of them and agree that such courses do not conflict with the college’s credit curriculum.
- Sponsors staff education and training in curriculum processes and the SLO processes.
- Receives updates on changes to Title 5.
- Updates the Curriculum Handbook as necessary but at a minimum of once every five years.
- Reviews any courses offered in the name of Oxnard College, regardless of location offered.
- Conducts an annual self-appraisal on achievements and processes.
- All college and district educational policies meet statutory and regulatory requirements and are designed for the students’ best educational interest.
- All college courses are current, sound, and meet all statutory and regulatory requirements.
- Each college course is described in a course outline of record that will be maintained in the official college files and made available to each instructor.
- Ensures that suitable college courses will facilitate articulation and transfer with four-year institutions.
- Each course outline of record shall specify the unit value, scope, objectives, and content in terms of a specific body of knowledge. The course outline shall also specify types or provide examples of required reading and writing assignments, other outside of class assignments, instructional methodology, and methods of evaluation for determining whether the stated objectives have been met by students. (Title 5, Section 55002(a)(3) Course Outline of Record)
MEETINGS The Curriculum Committee meets twice a month, on the second and fourth Wednesday. Voting members are to designate proxies in their absence. If a member misses three consecutive meetings, he/she will no longer be considered a voting member.