How Course Proposals Work
Use the steps below to see each stage of the course proposal process. Find out how faculty, departmental preparers and multiple approvers each contribute as the proposal makes its way through the system. See Users and Definitions for an overview of CRAMS and CRS terminology.
All successful course proposals go through the following process:
First (if required), the preparer requests reports that show how other classes/majors/minors would be impacted by the course proposal.
The preparer must contact other departments impacted by the proposal (CRAMS cross-listed courses or CRS cross-listed courses, etc.) so that they can adjust where needed.
Then (if using CRAMS), the preparer meets system requirements and installs CRAMS on their computer.
The preparer enters the course proposal into CRAMS or CRS using faculty-provided worksheets, additional checklists, the Style Guidelines and the Course Management Guide.
We encourage all preparers to sign up for CRAMS and CRS training. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Once submitted, the proposal follows a specific approval routing path in which approvers (the reviewer, faculty committee members and chairs) review the
proposal in CRAMS or CRS and provide feedback.
Having the proposal in CRS allows multiple approvers to see it and provide feedback in a centralized location. It also ensures correct formatting for the General Catalog.
The preparer works with the faculty initiating the proposal to make adjustments as needed.
If the Committee on Courses approves the proposal, the preparer will receive an email indicating next steps.
If the proposal is not approved, the proposal returns to the CRAMS course preparer Work-in-Progress Queue (WIPQ) and the process begins again.