Curriculum Development and Revision
What Is The New Curricular Change Process?
- New Curricular Change Requests should be submitted electronically.
Please review some of the introductory information before starting this process:
- This diagram shows you the overall process.
- An introductory presentation for Chairs and Deans is available detailing the workflow and tools.
- The workflow, tools and individual roles in the processes are detailed in a this document, including the web links and login instructions for each tool.
- Here are documents listing the questions for a New Course proposal and a Revised Course proposal.
- How-to video and documents quick-start guides are available for each role in the process. (scroll down for the links)
- The overall process is explained in this 6 minute video.
Student learning is at the core of Pratt Institute. The Institute is committed to the artists, designers, architects, scholars and creative professionals we educate with a curriculum that is intellectually rigorous and pedagogically effective so that they "become leaders in their professions" and "responsible contributors to society." Pratt utilizes many strategies to ensure the excellence of the curriculum, including a rigorous approval process for new and revised programs and courses, and regular internal and external reviews of current program offerings.
All curriculum proposals go through a rigorous process at the Departmental, School, and Institute-wide levels. There is shared responsibility to ensure academic quality, integrity, and continuous improvements of the Institute’s educational programs.
Proposals for new or revised credit-bearing programs, or courses that affect those programs, are reviewed by the department, school, and institute-wide Institute Curriculum Committee of the Academic Senate. All other curriculum proposals are reviewed by curriculum committees at the department and school levels. In all cases, oversight in the Provost’s and Registrar’s offices complete the loop.
The Pratt Curriculum Portal hosts forms for the following curricular needs:
Please use this list to support the development of your new course proposal.
Please use this list to support the development of your revised course proposal.
Non-Content-Based Course Revision
Non-Content Based Course Revisions are for individual courses, when those changes are related to administrative course designations such as course title, course number, and pre-requisites/co-requisites.
- Information outlined in Academic Initiative Proposal Guidelines. Specific information required is listed on page 8, under Academic Initiatives Application Form Type A-2, New Degree or Certificate Program and New Concentration.
- Curriculum Table
- For new minor programs, complete this form. View guidelines for establishing a new minor.
- Information outlined in Academic Initiative Proposal Guidelines. Specific information required is listed on page 13, under Academic Initiatives Application Form Type B-2, Major Change to an Existing Program.
- Curriculum table outlining current and proposed curriculum
The Course Syllabus template presents a summary of the recommended syllabus elements. For further assistance in developing your course syllabus, please contact the members of your department curriculum committee or your chair.
If you are proposing the creation of a Provisional Course, use this form. A provisional course is a new, elective course, which can be offered for a maximum of two years from the time it is approved.
Independent Study Form
Independent Study provides opportunities for students to explore academic topics that are not covered in the established curriculum. An Independent Study is a for-credit course carried out under the supervision and mentorship of a faculty member. Download the form.
The following policies, processes, and forms enable members of the Pratt community to facilitate this learning.
The Attendance Policy outlines Pratt’s commitment to students’ engagement with their program of study as central to their success.
Academic Integrity Policy
At Pratt, students, faculty, and staff do creative and original work. For Pratt to be a space where everyone can freely create, our community must adhere to the highest standards of academic integrity.
Intellectual Property Policy
The Intellectual Property Policy sets forth Pratt Institute’s policy regarding the Ownership and Use Rights of Intellectual Property created by members of its community.
The Faculty Handbook is intended to provide faculty members of Pratt Institute with a collection of the current policies and procedures of Pratt Institute. This Handbook reflects Institute policy at the date of publication and is subject to change.
PRE-RETIREMENT LEAVE POLICY
The Pre-Retirement Leave Policy sets forth details of Pre-Retirement Leave that includes one semester at full pay with no teaching or service obligations. This opportunity is available to tenured full-time faculty and adjunct faculty with CCE who meet basic criteria of eligibility.
The Academic Senate is Pratt’s faculty/administration governance body, which represents faculty, chairs, and staff who teach at the Institute. The Senate acts as an advisory body to the Board of Trustees and the administration, making direct recommendations to the President and Provost without review by any intermediary.