Prepare Successful Proposals

If your department has designated you its course proposal preparer, we can help you schedule training, explain the proposal process, show you what materials you need to get from faculty and give you confidence when entering the actual proposal in the Course Request and Maintenance System (CRAMS).

  • Step 1. See an overview of how course proposals work.
  • Step 2. Review users and definitions to understand the role each person plays in the process and to clarify unfamiliar terms.
  • Step 3. Read the Style Guidelines, Course Management Guide and Forms. Reading these before you get started will help!
  • Step 4. Make sure your computer meets all system requirements and that you have "superuser" permission to run CRAMS.
  • Step 5. Call the Help Desk (2-3555) to have CRAMS installed on your PC.
  • Step 7. Most proposals require you to request reports showing how other courses and programs would be impacted. See if your proposal falls into this category and request reports through our online form.
  • Step 8. Enter the proposal in CRAMS. Keep helpful forms and any faculty-provided worksheets handy as you work through the process.
  • Step 9. After you submit the proposal, work with faculty and departmental staff to make adjustments to the proposal as needed (based on review/approver feedback).
  • Step 10. Track your proposal throughout the apporval process and ensure that it reaches the correct Committee on Courses meeting.

Please email if you need help!