Curriculum Policies Committee (CPC)

Committee Info

Committee Chair:
Ben Fell
Meetings: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays 
1:30-2:50 pm, SAC 275

Committee Membership
2014-15 Agendas & Minutes

The Curriculum Policies Committee is a standing Policy Committee of the Faculty Senate, responsible for the development of policy and oversight of curriculum at California State University, Sacramento. 

Committee Standing Rules


A.  The Committee is responsible for the review and revision of policies related to and affecting the curriculum – including at both the Undergraduate and Graduate levels.  
B.  The Committee is responsible for matters pertaining to the development, review, and sustainability of the curriculum at CSUS including the course and program approval process, the assessment of existing courses and programs, the relationship between curriculum and pedagogy, and other matters as deemed necessary by the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate.


Voting Members

11 faculty members appointed by the Faculty Senate. No more than two members may be from a single college and no two members may be from the same department/unit. Every effort shall be made to encourage membership from each college. 

  • Ten College-based faculty members; and
  • One faculty member from the Library or Student Services Professionals-Academically Related units.

Non-voting/Ex-officio Members

  • Dean of Undergraduate Studies;*
  • Dean of Graduate Studies;*
  • University Registrar or designee;*
  • One staff member appointed by the University Staff Assembly;
  • At least one, but no more than two, students appointed by Associated Student’s Inc.; and
  • The Faculty Senate Chair.

*Administrative positions are appointed by the President or designee.

 Additional Ex-Officio membership may be recommended by the committee, the Executive Committee or the President or designee.


A.  The term of appointment for faculty representatives shall be for three years, with the possibility of reappointment. Appointments will be staggered to ensure that approximately one-third of the faculty members are appointed each year. 
B.  The term of the non-voting / ex-officio members will be one-year except for the University Staff Assembly representative who will serve a two year term.



A.  The Chair shall be elected annually by the Faculty Senate as described in the By-Laws of the Faculty Senate.  The Committee Chair shall be included in the count of the 11 voting members.
B.  The term of office of the Chair shall be one year. The term shall begin at noon on the last day of the spring semester in which he or she is elected Chair and shall end at noon on the last day of the spring semester of the following year. 
C.  A faculty member may be elected to serve up to three consecutive terms of one year each as the Committee Chair. After an interval of one year following the end of the third consecutive term, the faculty member shall become eligible for election to the Chair of the Committee.
D.  The Chair shall also serve as an ex-officio non-voting member of the Faculty Senate, unless concurrently serving as the elected representative of his or her department/unit.
E.  The Chair shall also serve as a voting member of the Executive Committee.


A.  At its first meeting of the academic year, the Curriculum Policies Committee shall elect, from among its voting membership, a Vice-Chair and any other committee officers deemed appropriate.
B.  The term of office of the Vice-Chair shall be one academic year. The term shall begin upon election of the Vice-Chair at the first committee meeting of the year and shall end at noon on the last day of the spring semester of the academic year.
C.  The Vice-Chair shall preside over the routine business of the Committee in the absence of the Committee Chair or, should the office of the Chair become vacant, until the election of a new Committee Chair. The Vice Chair shall not serve as an ex-officio member of the Senate or its Executive Committee.

Subcommittees that report to the Curriculum Policies Committee

Liaisons to Subcommittees 

The Committee shall appoint one of its voting members to serve as a liaison between itself and each of the committees/subcommittees identified above. The Committee can request or appoint liaisons to other University committees, taskforce, or work groups as needed.


A.  The Committee shall work in close coordination with other Faculty Senate Policy Committees and other Senate and University committees/subcommittees in the performance of its duties.
B.  Issues considered by the committee may be referred as well by the Executive Committee to any of the other committees of the Faculty Senate.  The committee may similarly refer issues to other Senate committees through the Executive Committee.
C.  The Committee shall meet at least once a month at a designated time and place.
D.  A quorum of the Committee shall be a majority of the voting members.  The Committee shall not take official action in the absence of a quorum.
E.  Committee meetings shall be open.
F.  The meeting agenda and supporting documentation shall be distributed to Committee members at least 72 hours prior to the meeting.
G.  Committee agendas will be published and made accessible to the campus community at least 72 hours prior to the meeting.

FS 14/15-83/EX: Adopted November 20, 2014
FS 11-12/100/SEL: Adopted May 10, 2012
FS 09-11B/EX: Adopted February 26, 2009
AS 94-98A/EX/FLR: Adopted December 1, 1994