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Planning for changes in a curriculum program currently registered by the New York State Education Department should include discussion with the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs about any impact on enrollment, resources, educational staffing, and other issues related to instructional delivery.

Curriculum revisions may include the addition or deletion of an option in the program, or changes in

  • course or graduation requirements.
  • the name of the degree or certificate program.
  • admission to the program.
  • program delivery format (evening, weekend)

All changes in degree programs must be approved in the review and approval process of College governance and the CUNY Board of Trustees before they are published in the Chancellor's University Report.

Substantive changes in academic programs also require approval by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Experience indicates that there may be considerable negotiations between Bronx Community College and CUNY before a substantially revised curriculum is approved by SED, and additional documentation may be required BEFORE submission of items in the Chancellor's University Report. Faculty should consult with the BCC Office of Academic Affairs.

Changes and Adaptations Requiring NYSED Approval

A. Changes in Program Content (all programs)

  1. Any of the following substantive changes:
    • Cumulative change from the Department's last approval of the registered program of one-third or more of the minimum credits required for the award (e.g., 20 credits in an associate degree program).
    • Changes in the program's focus or design (e.g., eliminating management courses in a business administration program), including a change in the program's major disciplinary area.
    • Adding or eliminating an option, concentration, or track.
    • Eliminating a requirement for completion, including an internship, clinical, cooperative education, or other work-based experience.
    • Altering the liberal arts and science content in a way that changes the degree classification, as defined in Section 3.47(c)(1-4) of Regents Rules.

B. Other Changes (all programs)

  1. Program title.
  2. Program award (e.g., change in degree)
  3. Mode of delivery (Note: if the change involves adding a distance education format to a registered program, please complete the distance education application).
  4. Discontinuing a program.
  5. A format change that alters the program's financial aid eligibility (e.g., from full-time to part-time, or to an abbreviated or accelerated semester).
  6. A change in the total number of credits of any certificate or advanced certificate program.

C. Establishing New Programs Based on Existing Registered Programs

  1. Creating a dual-degree program from existing registered programs.
  2. Creating a new program from a concentration / option in an existing registered program

Documents for Curriculum Revisions

See the "Guidelines for the Presentation of Academic Matters in the Chancellor's University Report" for documentation required by CUNY. See also the CUNY Curricular Change flow chart.

The following documents must be e-mailed to the Chairperson of the Curriculum Committee at least three weeks before the curriculum revision first appears on the Curriculum Committee's agenda.

  1. Chancellors University Report Section A.III.1.

    This must identify the program by name, HEGIS code, and SED program code in accordance with the SED Inventory of Registered Programs which is available on the SED website.

    The left side of the Chancellor's Report page should contain the entire curriculum pattern for the program as it currently exists, showing all courses and credits in core requirements and required areas of study and specialization. The courses which are to be deleted or changed should be marked with an overstrike in the "From" column on the left side.

    On the right side of the page, the full curriculum pattern should be presented, with the new or changed courses and credits underlined.

    For the template to use for this, click here.

    To see a sample of this, click here.

  2. Request to Change or Adopt a Program (SED Form) . This is required if the program changes include any of the above A-C.
  3. Appropriate documents to add new courses and revised courses.
  4. A semester by semester curriculum pattern. Use the SED Undergraduate Program Schedule form if SED approval is required for the proposed program revision.
  5. The department making the proposal for program revision (including a new option) must also include the curriculum pattern, including narrative and appropriate footnotes, exactly as they are expected to be published in the College Catalog following approval and registration by the New York State Department of Education (SED). Footnote notation must employ numbers and not symbols. In addition, information regarding the two writing Intensive courses must be mentioned, as well as Information on transfer and articulation.
  6. An articulation agreement with a CUNY senior college is required when a new option to an existing program is created. Please use the recommended BCC articulation template.

    Existing articulation agreements must be reviewed and updated when a program revision is proposed. The revised articulation agreement should be included in the materials presented to the Curriculum Committee. Please confer with the Academic and Transfer Resources Coordinator.
  7. Departments submitting a program revision which involves adding an option to the program must also submit an assessment plan.
  8. Departments submitting a program or option revision which involves changing courses must also submit  a plan for assessing these courses whether they are new courses or existing ones.
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