The Curriculum Procedures Handbook is designed both as a source of information for individuals and groups within and outside of the Maricopa County Community College District about approved curriculum standards and processes and as a practical guide for MCCCD faculty and other personnel who are responsible for processing curriculum proposals.
The handbook has been divided into major categories for ease in navigating the handbook and accessing information:
Courses: Defines the types and levels of courses; presents the principles that govern the development and processing of new and modified courses and subjects; describes general procedures for review and approval
Programs: Defines types of programs; explains the maintenance of academic programs; presents the principles governing the development and processing of new and modified programs; describes general procedures for review and approval.
Forms and Processing: Includes instructions for preparing all types of curriculum proposals and provides links to detailed information supporting the preparation of each type of proposal.
MCCCD General Education: Defines and describes General Education within the District; describes state-wide articulation structures and MCCCD-ASU alignment; explains curriculum processes for General Education proposals and provides related forms.
Roles and Responsibilities: Provides a high level description of the MCCCD curriculum process, describes the functions of individuals and groups involved in the curricular processes.
Resources: Contains various templates, guidelines and reports relating to curriculum development and processing needs.
MCCCD curriculum procedures are designed to create and maintain a District curriculum of courses and programs of the highest possible quality and coherence while at the same time enabling the various colleges to pursue their unique visions and to serve their particular communities. The Handbook provides a broad understanding of the principles, definitions and standards that underlie the interrelated curriculum processes within the District. The Handbook also provides specific information about the development of curriculum proposals, the processes that move the proposal through various approval stages, and other related procedures and support functions.