Committee on Courses

  • Please consult Curricular Change Procedures and also the Expanded Course Description Information
  • Academic Year 2008--9:
  • September 17, 2008: Curricular proposals for consideration in the fall 2008 round must be submitted to the provost's office.
  • November 26, 2008: University Senate considers fall 2008 preliminary report of the University of Oregon Committee on Courses.
  • December 24, 2008: Curricular proposals for consideration in the winter 2009 round must be submitted to the provost's office.
  • March 11, 2009: University Senate considers winter 2009 preliminary report of the University of Oregon Committee on Courses.
  • March 18, 2009: Curricular proposals for consideration in the spring 2009 round must be submitted to the provost's office.
  • May 13, 2009: University Senate considers spring 2009 preliminary report of the University of Oregon Committee on Courses.

  • This committee was created 10 May 1886 (see the UO Assembly Records Vol 1 page 111ff)
    The following information is taken from Motion US00/01-6 which revises the charges to the standing University Committees.



    The Committee on Courses shall be responsible for: (1) Screening all proposals for course changes and reporting its recommendations to the University faculty through the Faculty Senate; (2) Directing the University editor on the content and structure of the University Catalog; (3) Consulting with the Undergraduate Council and the Graduate Council on curricular patterns of concern; (4) Participating, on behalf of the University faculty, in planning the development and improvement of the instructional program of the institution; (5) Reviewing courses not taught on a regular basis; and, (6) Providing advice and assistance to schools and departments in the planning of the curriculum.When the committee is recessed, the chair of the committee shall have authority to approve immediate emergency requests for course changes subject to review when the committee resumes business. This authority may be delegated to the Provost in the absence of the chair.


    Membership of the Committee on Courses consist of 5 teaching faculty (3 year, staggered terms), with no two from the same department, nor more than two from the same school or college, with the exception of the College of Arts and Sciences, nor no more than two from any one of the three CAS divisions of Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities; 2 students (1 year terms); plus the following ex officio, nonvoting members: Catalog Editor or designee, Director of Academic Advising or designee, Registrar or designee, and Dean of the Graduate School or designee. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the voting members.


    The Committee on Courses shall report to the University Senate in the fall, winter and spring academic terms. Each report shall be in the form of a preliminary report of curricular changes which shall be approved by the University Senate before implementation.An annual written report shall be submitted by the Committee Chair to the Secretary of the University Senate no later than the final meeting of the University Senate in May.

    See also US01/02-4 which is a process for filling vacancies on elected committees:

    7.1 Since 1991-92, all non-elected committees established by faculty legislation are appointed by the Committee on Committees, a committee appointed by the University Senate. The Secretary of the Faculty shall coordinate the elections of faculty to elective committees. The secretary shall arrange for the filling of vacancies on elected committees and councils by notifying the next eligible candidate, determined in descending order of the number of votes received in the most recent election for the relevant committee or council. If no eligible candidate is available to fill the vacancy, the Senate Executive Committee, with advice and recommendations from the Committee on Committees, shall appoint an eligible faculty member to fill the vacancy until the next regular election cycle. Filling a vacancy shall not preclude the appointee from standing for election to the same committee or council during the next election cycle if eligible. 

    Reports (F=Fall, W=Winter S=Spring):


    Student members not available.

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