Curriculum Committee

Mission

The mission of Ventura College’s Curriculum Committee is to provide guidance, advocacy and oversight for VC's curriculum by ensuring that the curriculum is academically sound, comprehensive and responsible to the evolving needs of the community so that the college’s mission, goals and educational delivery to students are well served.

Introduction

The Curriculum Committee is a subcommittee of the Academic Senate and is a shared governance committee. The committee reviews and recommends course and program additions, revisions, and deletions and recommends policy related to academic offerings. Based upon procedures approved by the district’s governing board, some curricular activity requires only college approval, while selected, well-defined curricular activity (see below) requires submission to the Board through the District Technical Review Workgroup-Instructional (DTRW-I). Ventura College faculty are charged by Title 5 with the primary responsibility for making recommendations in the areas of curriculum and academic standards.

Committee Function

  • Recommended for approval by the Board of Trustees:
    • Curricular matters involving international travel.
    • All new degrees, certificates, and awards.
    • Deleted degrees, certificates, and awards.
    • Substantial revisions of degrees, certificates, and awards.
    • All new courses.
    • Substantial revisions of courses.
  • Recommend graduation requirements and general education requirements for the A.A. and A.S. degrees.
  • To be recommended, the committee must assure the district and the Board of Trustees that all of the above comply with the standards set forth in the Education Code and Title 5.
  • Inform the District Technical Review Workgroup – Student Services (DTRW-SS) of proposed new or revised or procedures related to academic offerings.

 Duties

  • The Curriculum Committee will assist in the development of the educational programs in accordance with the philosophy, policies, and objectives of the college and the district.
  • The Curriculum Committee will encourage creativity, flexibility, and innovation in curriculum development.
  • With leadership to be offered by the Curriculum Committee, all academic personnel of the college, both administrative and teaching, shall be responsible for the continuing revision of curriculum.
  • The Curriculum Committee shall be a vehicle through which curriculum development shall take place. The committee is subject to the Brown Act; therefore all committee meetings shall be open to all who wish to attend.
  • The Curriculum Committee shall have the power to accept, reject, or suggest modifications of curriculum proposals.
  • The Curriculum Committee shall offer its recommendations to the Board of Trustees through the District Technical Review Workgroup-Instructional (DTRW-I).