Program coordination and curriculum development and review begin at the departmental level. As outlined in the Faculty Handbook
(Part I, Section E, pages 14-15), the duties of the department head (or department heads in the case of interdisciplinary programs) includes responsibility over all programs within his or her department. Curriculum content and development is the responsibility of the department's curriculum committee and the department head appoints the members of the committee. This committee is comprised of faculty with expertise in the discipline and is coordinated by a faculty member from within the department. Departments with multiple disciplines will include representatives from each of the disciplines within the department. Some departments also have an undergraduate program coordinator, whose responsibility is to assist in the coordination of the program, including curriculum content and development. An example of this is the Director of Freshman English in the Department of English, Professor Richard Louth. Professor Louth is an exemplary faculty member and held the Distinguished Teaching Professorship in the Humanities for three years. He is responsible for the coordination of freshman composition courses and proficiency assessment, and contributes to course content, development, and assessment.
Departments that offer one or more graduate programs have a specific graduate coordinator (interdisciplinary programs have a coordinator selected from one of the participating departments). This person is a regular member of the graduate faculty and is given an administrative reassignment for this position. The formal duties of the graduate coordinator are discussed in detail in the Policies and Procedures Manual for the Graduate Council. These duties are primarily administrative and include recommending admission to the Graduate Dean, coordination of advising, administering comprehensive exams, registration of students in approved courses, administering assistantships and fellowships, coordinating curricula, monitoring graduate faculty credentials, service on the Graduate Council, and recruiting.
Within each college, there exists a curriculum committee comprised of faculty, with broad representation of the disciplines throughout the college. Although this committee may make recommendations on the content of the course, its primary role is review how courses fit into the broader picture of the college's degree programs. This committee examines how courses and their content may affect programs within the various departments; for example, the college committee may examine a course offered by one department to determine whether it should be a prerequisite for a program offered by another department. All programs within a college are the administrative responsibility of the dean of that college.
Certain curriculum changes must also be reviewed by the Council for Teacher Education and/or the Graduate Council. Both Councils are described in Part IX Section A of the Faculty Handbook
(page 2). The Dean of the College of Education and Human Development appoints the Council for Teacher Education and serves as an ex officio member. The Council is composed of the department heads of each of the three departments within the College of Education and Human Development, the Director of Performance and Assessment, the Coordinator of Graduate Programs and Certification, the Director of the University Laboratory School, a faculty representative from each department offering a program in teacher education, two student representatives (one undergraduate and one graduate), and two representatives from public schools. All academic actions affecting teacher education programs must be approved by the Council for Teacher Education and the Dean of the College of Education and Human Development. The Graduate Council consists of sixteen voting members, including the graduate coordinators/directors and graduate faculty advisors from those departments offering graduate degrees, and two student representatives. All curriculum changes involving graduate courses must also be approved by this body prior to being sent to the University Curriculum Council.
The University Curriculum Council reviews and approves all changes to courses and curricula, as indicated in the University Curriculum Council Guidelines and Procedures for Catalogue Changes. The Council is comprised of the chairpersons for each of the college curriculum committees and a representative of the Graduate Council; the Council acts as an advisory body to the Provost. In addition, the Dean of Enrollment and an officer of the Office of Records and Registration serve on the Council; however, the only members with voting rights are those with faculty rank. As with all academic affairs, the ultimate responsibility for all academic programs rests with the Provost, whose role is primarily to ensure that all programs are consistent with nationally accepted standards as well as the standards put forth by the Louisiana Board of Regents.