Modify an Existing Course or Program

Modify an Existing Course

One of our ongoing challenges in teaching is keeping up with current developments in our fields. This is more challenging in some fields than others, and you might find that you want to make changes to an existing course. Here's how to do it.

  1. Check with your chair and your instructional council representative to see if they will support changing the course. Remember that any changes we make affect everyone else in the district who teaches the course, so it's especially important to have support from your instructional council. If the course is widely used throughout the district, you might want to consult with the instructional council before submitting a proposal to modify a course.
  2. Go to the district curriculum website and print the current documentation for the course. You can do this by searching for the course by prefix and number. If there are several versions of the course on that site, choose the one that ends in 99999, which means “to infinity and beyond!”
  3. Use the printed copy – or your own document - to make whatever changes you wish to the course. Please make changes as legibly as possible. If you do this on the computer instead of by hand, it's really helpful if you put your changes in a different color or a different font from the existing text. Please do not DELETE any old material; show that with a strikethrough.
  4. Provide a brief (one or two sentences will be fine) statement explaining why and how you are modifying the course.
  5. Send your modified draft to Skip. Skip will edit it in the format required by the district curriculum committee, get your approval for the modifications, and then forward it to Jan for processing. Jan will send the formal proposal to you for your final review and approval.
  6. Once you've approved it, Jan will send it to your instructional council and place it on an upcoming agenda of the college curriculum committee.
  7. Assuming that both your instructional council and the college curriculum committee approve it, it moves ahead to district to be placed on an upcoming agenda of the district curriculum committee. Stay in touch with Skip as she represents your proposal to the district curriculum committee.
  8. Once the proposal is approved at district, it goes to the governing board for their final stamp of approval.
  9. The modified version of the course will become effective as indicated on the proposal.

Modify an Existing Program

Occupat ional programs must remain responsive to the changing needs of business, industry, and public institutions and services. This is more challenging in some fields than others, and you might find that you want to make changes to an existing program. Here's how to do it:

  1. Check with your chair, dean and dean of instruction to see if they will support changing the course. Remember that any changes we make affect everyone else in the district who offers the shared program, so it's especially important to have support from your instructional council. If the program is widely used throughout the district, you might want to consult with the instructional council before submitting a proposal to modify it.
  2. Go to the district curriculum website and print the current documentation for the program.
  3. Use the printed copy to make whatever changes you wish to the program. Please make changes as legibly as possible. If you do this on the computer instead of by hand, it's really helpful if you put your changes in a different color or a different font from the existing text. Please do not DELETE any old material; show that with a strikethrough.
  4. Provide a brief (one or two sentences will be fine) statement explaining why and how you are modifying the program.
  5. Send your modified draft to Jan. Jan will send the formal proposal to you for your review and approval before it goes any farther in the process.
  6. Once you've approved it, Jan will send it to your instructional council (as an information item) and place it on an upcoming agenda of the college curriculum committee.
  7. Assuming that the college curriculum committee approves it, it moves ahead to district to be placed on an upcoming agenda of the district curriculum committee. Stay in touch with Skip as she represents your proposal to the district curriculum committee.
  8. Once the proposal is approved at district, it goes to the governing board for their final stamp of approval.
  9. The modified version of the program will become effective as indicated on the proposal.