Course Proposal  


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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 terminology.

All successful course proposals go through the following process:

When a department initiates a course proposal, its faculty members fill out specific worksheets and a syllabus and give them to the designated preparer.

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 (cross-listed courses etc.) so that they can adjust where needed.

Then, the preparer meets system requirements and installs CRAMS on their computer.

The preparer enters the course proposal into CRAMS using faculty-provided worksheets, additional checklists, the Style Guidelines and the Course Management Guide.

We encourage all preparers to sign up for CRAMS training. Please email melinda.miller@ucr.edu 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 and provide feedback.

Having the proposal in CRAMS 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.

The preparer continually tracks the proposal's progress until it reaches the appropriate Committee on Courses meeting (where it may ultimately be approved).

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.