The faculty at Southeastern Louisiana University has primary responsibility for the content, quality, and effectiveness of the curriculum. While Southeastern's faculty holds responsibility for reviewing and initiating changes in curricula, every level of the University's academic administration monitors course and curriculum development, as outlined in Southeastern's University Curriculum Council Guidelines and Procedures for Catalogue Changes.
Course and Curriculum Development
All course and curricula changes are initiated at the departmental level and approved by the departmental curriculum committee, which consists of departmental faculty. As indicated in the Faculty Handbook (Part IV, Section S), the departmental curriculum committee submits the request, once approved, to the college curriculum committee for review and approval. If appropriate, the Teacher Education Council and/or Graduate Council will also examine the changes. Once approved by these committees, the request is submitted to the University Curriculum Council for final review. All voting members of college curriculum committees and the University Curriculum Council are full-time teaching faculty. (The membership of the University Curriculum Council is described in the Faculty Handbook in Part IX, Section A, page 2.)
Maintenance of Quality of Curriculum
Monitoring of the quality, content, and effectiveness of curriculum exists at many levels. The highest level of monitoring occurs during regular external reviews by either accrediting agencies or external review teams, where curricula examination is a standard part of the review process. 100% of all programs deemed mandatory for accreditation by the Louisiana Board of Regents are currently accredited at the national level. (See Core Requirement 2.5 for a complete description of accreditation status of all degree programs.) This fact is a testament to the quality and effectiveness of curriculum at Southeastern. In addition, all programs that do not have an accrediting agency undergo a periodic Academic Program Review. These reviews include an examination of curricula to determine appropriateness of the curriculum to the discipline, program, and mission.
At the University level, monitoring of the quality and effectiveness of the curriculum is an essential element of Southeastern's Institutional Effectiveness Policy. Specifically, every department must conduct a Major Field Assessment of its degree programs, which must meet certain standards. Every two years a report is submitted to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. Further discussion on institutional effectiveness is also found in Comprehensive Standard 3.3.1 and Comprehensive Standard 3.4.1.
Continuing quality of curriculum is ensured with annual evaluations of all faculty members. This examination, described in Southeastern's Faculty Handbook (Part III, Section E), includes a review of exams, syllabi, grade distributions, and/or in-class observations. The evaluation takes place between the faculty member and the department head, and in the case of third-year, tenure, or promotion reviews, tenured faculty members of the department are included.
A mechanism for post-tenure review also exists should the department head document the overall performance of any tenured faculty member as inadequate for two consecutive years, or for three out of any five consecutive years. If this occurs, the faculty member must participate in a remediation plan designed to bring performance back to acceptable status. Failure to successfully complete the remediation plan may result in academic dismissal.