Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2014-44
Motion Introduced by: Ad-Hoc Committee on New Course Proposals
Date of First Reading: December 2, 2013
Date of Second Reading: February 3, 2014
Title of Motion: New Course Proposals-Balancing Speed and Responsiveness with Rigor and Quality.
Action Requested: We request the following motion be approved by the Senate and distributed widely to faculty, academic professionals and academic units on campus.
Rationale: Whereas ABOR 6-201 and §A.R.S. 15-601 mandate that the faculty participate in the governance of the university;
Whereas the University Senate constitution provides for faculty oversight in matters related to curricula;
Whereas all new courses originate at the unit level and are reviewed by both a unit level and college/school level curriculum committee;
Whereas all new courses receive a University level review by a team of staff members in the Provost office;
Whereas the current pace and competitiveness of higher education requires both speed and responsiveness in order to meet ever changing demands;
Whereas the faculty are solely responsible for maintaining the quality of the Arizona State University degree;
Be it resolved that the University Senate and all faculty led curricular committees shall be fully committed to speed and responsiveness in reviewing new course proposals, but this will be balanced by a parallel commitment to rigor and quality in each new course that is developed.