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Curriculum, Curricular Policy & Standards Committee

This committee reviews, and makes recommendations on, matters concerning the curriculum, such as new programs, changes to existing programs, new course proposals, and examination and assessment procedures.

The Committee on Curriculum, Curricular Policy and Standards will normally meet on the first Wednesday of each month (September - June) from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. 

From section 6.3 of the rules and procedures of council, updated April 2021.

In discharging its functions, the Committee shall: 

1. Review and recommend to the Council via the Academic Policy and Planning Committee the approval of new academic initiatives including new certificates, new degrees, new programs of study, major changes to existing program requirements and matters related to curricular policy and standards;  

2. Review, report and recommend for approval or other appropriate action, Faculty regulations and practices regarding academic standards; admissions policy; General Education; University Undergraduate Degree Level Expectations (UUDLEs); quality assurance protocols,  degree and program requirements including policies on part-time, visiting, and evening study students; and the curriculum, including non-degree courses, certificates and programs;  

3. Make recommendations on all matters concerning examinations and academic standards, including the rules and regulations, and oversee Faculty-level academic grades exercises and reappraisals, examinations, student honours, and the application of the Senate Policy on Academic Honesty. The Committee may initiate reviews on academic standards as necessary. 

4. Facilitate the development of interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and inter-Faculty programs with support from the appropriate decanal offices;  

5. Constitute sub-committees on Curriculum, Non-Degree Studies, General Education, and from time to time establish ad-hoc working groups to deal with emerging priorities in relation to curriculum, curricular policy and standards.  

5.1. Curriculum Review Sub-committee (chaired by a member of CCPS), reviews curriculum submissions for new course proposals, changes to existing course proposals, and minor changes to degrees/certificates from Schools/Departments.  The Sub-Committee’s recommendations will be submitted to the Council as consent agenda items.

5.2. Non-Degree Studies Sub-Committee (chaired by a member of CCPS) reviews and examines proposals for non-degree programs, certificates, and courses, and recommends to the Faculty Council (via Academic Policy and Planning for major modifications, new programs or program closures) for concurrence, flagging for attention areas of concern bearing on academic policy prior to approval. 

5.3 General Education Sub-Committee (chaired by a member of CCPS) provides coordination, oversight, and governance over the Faculty’s General Education Requirements. In discharging this function, the Sub-Committee shall: 

5.3.a. Develop, and from time to time review and propose changes in, common criteria to which every General Education course should conform;  

5.3.b. Review and approve new (or substantive changes to existing) Humanities, Modes of Reasoning and/or Social Science General Education courses offered by the Faculty where these proposals have already received area approval;   

5.3.c. Receive proposals from Faculties that wish to develop and/or deliver General Education courses that would  be made available to Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies students, and will consider and direct to  the appropriate area level Committee requests from Faculties that wish to have a General Education course  developed for their students; 

5.3.d. Liaise with any pan-university General Education Committee that may be established by Senate and the General Education Committee of Faculties whose courses serve Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies students. 

  • Seven faculty members elected at-large for a three-year term
  • Two students appointed by the Student Council of the Liberal Arts & Professional Studies on an annual basis
  • Ex-officio (non-voting) members: Dean or dean’s designate, Staff Representative(s) from the Centre for Student Success, Chair of Faculty Council or designate, Secretary of Council or designate 

Faculty members will be elected at-large for a three-year rolling cycle. Members elected at-large will not be from the same School/Department. Each year, one-third of the membership turns over and will be replaced on a rotational basis by other faculty members from different Schools/Departments who are not already represented on the Committee. At all times there shall be at least one member from each of the professional, humanities, and social sciences Departments/Schools. 

The Chair of the Committee is selected by the voting members of the Committee for a two-year term. 

At least half of the voting members of the Committee, the majority of whom are full-time faculty members, constitutes a quorum.  

Curriculum Review Sub-Committee Membership:  

All elected-at-large faculty members of the Committee on Curriculum, Curricular Policy and Standards are voting members and participate on the Curriculum Review Sub-Committee on a rotational basis, normally in panels of three.  

Curriculum Review Sub-Committee panels will normally consist of three voting members (to the extent possible, ensuring that each of the three areas – Humanities, Professional Studies and Social Sciences – are represented). The Dean or dean’s designate, Representative from the Centre for Student Success and Secretary of Council or designate are ex-officio members of the Committee. Quorums for the committee are the three voting members.  

Non-Degree Studies Sub-Committee Membership:

  • Two faculty members elected by and from the Committee on Curriculum, Curricular Policy and Standards
  • One faculty member elected by and from the Committee on Academic Policy and Planning
  • Ex-officio (non-voting) members: Dean or dean’s designate, Chair of Faculty Council or designate, Secretary of Council or designate

General Education Sub-Committee Membership:

  • One faculty member elected by and from the Committee on Curriculum, Curricular Policy and Standards
  • One faculty representative elected at-large from each of the four General Education areas: Humanities, Modes of Reasoning, Natural Science and Social Science
  • Two faculty representatives elected at-large, one from the professional programs and one from the liberal arts programs
  • One student elected by and from the Committee on Curriculum, Curricular Policy and Standards 
  • Ex-officio members (non-voting): Dean or dean’s designate, Chair of the Writing Department, Staff Representative from the Centre for Student Success, Chair of Faculty Council or designate, Secretary of Council or designate 

2020-2021 Members


Faculty Members

Chair: Markus Reisenleitner, Department of Humanities

Neil Buckley, Department of Economics
Ron Ophir, School of Administrative Studies
Estee Fresco, Department of Communication Studies
William Wicken, Department of History
Sardar Anwaruddin, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Teresa Abbruzzese, Department of Social Science

Representatives from SCOLAPS

Teresa Mbunwe
Raza Dard

Ex-Officio Members (non-voting)

Sean Kheraj, Associate Dean, Programs
Kathryn Doyle, Associate Director, Faculty Curriculum 
Eva Bernacka, Staff Representative, Academic Advising
Janna Finkel-Freyger, Curriculum Developer
Manjula Kanwar, Curriculum Developer
Luciana Costa, Curriculum Assistant
Andrea McKenzie, Chair of Faculty Council

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