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Structure, Function and Role

By-Laws of the Faculty Senate

Governing the Standing Committees

The following is an excerpt from the by-laws of the Faculty Senate summarizing the role of the Standing Committees of the Faculty Senate, including the Curriculum Committee.

Article IV. Committees

SECTION II. Standing Committees:

These committees will be the following: Faculty Information Technology, Curriculum, Graduate Affairs, Library, Student Promotions, Budget Advisory, and Research Development. Members of each committee will be appointed by the President of the Senate with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee. Each committee shall develop a set of operating procedures, subject to approval by the Executive Committee, which will govern its activities.

The Admissions Committee serves as a joint administrative committee. The Executive committee makes recommendations to the Dean for this committee.

In accordance with Board of Governors Statute, a six-member panel will serve as a standing committee for the University’s Hearing Panel, from which three members will be picked by lot when needed. The six members will consist of tenured associate or full professors elected from the Senate to serve overlapping three-year terms, with two members replaced by election each year. Temporary or permanent absence will be subject to the same rule as for Executive Committee members.

Role of the Curriculum Committee

  1. To develop a set of operating procedures, subject to approval by the Executive Committee, which will govern its activities (by-laws of the Faculty: Article 4, Section II).
  2. To monitor and approve the regular systematic course/clerkship reviews with respect to objectives, content, instructional activities, time allocation, evaluative procedures, outcomes, and to make recommendations for improvement. A formal review of each course/clerkship occurs annually.
  3. To monitor and approve the regular systematic reviews of the medical education curriculum, including segments of the curriculum and the curriculum as a whole, and to make recommendations for revisions to ensure the achievement of the medical education program objectives (formal review every five years).
  4. Ensure there is horizontal and vertical integration (i.e., that curriculum content is coordinated and integrated within and across academic years/phases).
  5. To advise, recommend, and approve minor and major proposed curriculum revisions.
  6. To adjudicate and resolve major curricular disputes and issues.
  7. To conduct regular reviews of procedures designed for the students’ evaluation of faculty performance and to make recommendations for improvement.
  8. To monitor the outcomes of the curriculum as a whole, including : course/clerkship pass rates, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, Step 3, graduation rates, Match rates, NBME subject exams; and students evaluation of courses/clerkships and teaching faculty.
  9. To review all activities conducted by the subcommittee’s or other ad-hoc committees convened by the Curriculum Committee.
  10. To review the quality of the education being delivered at each of the Clinical Campus Partners, ensuring comparable education experiences and equivalent methods of assessment across all Clinical Campus Partners.