Activities of the CRLC

March 2021 to May 2021

  • Published the committee’s charge and membership, and established a representative committee
  • Distributed a college-wide survey of department chairs and program coordinators regarding plans for curriculum change
  • Developed and distributed public guidance and resource documents for faculty, including:
    • a Framework for Comprehensive Curricular Revisions document (distributed in May 2021 with red-line updates in October 2021) and
    • a Reference Chart for Instructional Time and Credits--information about how to calculate minutes/hours of instructional and supplemental time based on course credits

May 2021 to September 2021

  • Developed the CRLC website, to include the documents already created​ (above) and to serve as a public repository for providing additional guidance for faculty
  • Held nearly 40 meetings with department chairs and/or program coordinators (co-chairs of CRLC plus one or more other CRLC representatives) to share the following and to learn about the direction of their planning so far:
    • Remind chairs/coordinators of the general principles​ in the Framework, including the provost’s stipulations
    • Review the timelines for implementation and the plans for a staggered curriculum submission process
    • Learn about the conversations departments have been having together
    • Answer questions/share ideas for solving curricular dilemmas
    • Track trends and identify new issues/challenges
  • Based on the spring survey and summer/fall meetings, developed a tentative curriculum proposal submission sequence reflecting when departments might be ready to send forward their CIM proposals for faculty curricular review.

September 2021 to December 2021

CRLC met regularly and continued engagement with campus partners while working in a liaison capacity. The committee worked to pull in information from schools/programs and push out (via representatives) information that was likely to affect schools and programs. This work became even more important as departments transitioned into more nuanced, action-oriented planning conversations about curriculum. Specific activities during this period included the following.

  • Published a Frequently Asked Questions section of the CRLC website to broadly address frequent curriculum revision questions.
  • Partnered with Faculty Development Committee (FDC) and the Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE).
    • The FDC sponsored a faculty panel to discuss promises and challenges of curricular revision and to share advice about engaging in the process (11/16) —Recording available: https://www.ithaca.edu/faculty-hub/calendar/past-events#a173209
    • Held an initial meeting of coordinators of interdisciplinary majors. These chairs/coordinators experience unique levels of interdependence with other programs during college-wide curriculum revisions. (11/08)
  • Developed processes for sharing curricular plans across college: CRLC maintains a spreadsheet with regularly updated information about curricular intentions across the college; each liaison has access to edit and to use information from this resource to support their programs/departments/school. We also report back to the group at each meeting and take follow-up actions, as needed.
  • Participated in meetings with a wide array of departments, schools, and committees, including:
    • Graduate Council (11/08)
    • School of Health Sciences and Human Performance (HSHP) Leadership Team (11/18)
    • School of Humanities and Sciences faculty at faculty meeting sponsored by Senate (11/30)
    • School of Business Dean, Curriculum Chair, APC-C Chair (11/29)
    • Department of Writing Representatives and CRLC/HSHP Members (10/22)
    • Various chairs and other faculty who are actively working with programs on curricular planning.