Create a New Course
Creating a new course involves steps to ensure that the new course is a necessary course for the College's curriculum. There are many reasons new courses are developed - changing degree needs, student interest, or new subject areas.
New Course Addition
The first step in the process of creating a new course begins with the cluster and
business partnership council (BPC). Either a faculty member presents his or her idea
to these groups or the cluster or BPC as a whole decides to develop a course and assigns
member(s) to develop the course. If the cluster and BPC (as necessary) approves the
initial course development, a faculty member is assigned to start the formal college
process of course development and approval. This process is called the curriculum
The next step in developing a course is to prepare the Course Addition Packet, and submit it to Academic Services for processing. This form is only accepted via an email that copies the Cluster Chair, Associate Dean and Dean of the faculty presenting the curriculum action. It should be sent along with support documents (course outlines, Cluster and Business Partnership Minutes, related curriculum action documentation).
Note: All courses offered for PSAV or AS credit must be attached to an existing or new program offered at Palm Beach State College.
Completion of New Course Addition Process
Academic Services sends the Course Addition Packet and its support documents to Deans' Council for review. Deans' Council examines the curriculum action request to see what impact it will have on the college facilities, personnel and budget. If the Deans' Council approves the course development, the course addition is added to the next available agenda of the College-wide Curriculum Committee. The Curriculum Committee examines the course in detail related to the Course Dictionary, Degree Audit and impact on other courses and programs. The Curriculum Committee makes a recommendation to the Vice-President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) who gives final approval for the curriculum action. Unless an exception is authorized by the VPAA, all curriculum action goes into effect according to the timeline established by College policy following the approval of the VPAA.
Reactivating A Course
Reactivation of a course is a somewhat easier action than adding a course or revising a course and requires the Course Reactivation Packet. Reactivation is used to allows an existing course to be activated in the last version that was offered at Palm Beach State. ANY changes to a course being reactivated deems it a revised course and a Course Revision Packet must be sent through the curriculum process in place of the Course Reactivation form.
Additional Needed Activities
Course development is never done in isolation and course additions/revisions may trigger additional curricular actions. Keep this in mind and be sure to submit other curriculum changes as necessary.