Course Proposal Timeline for Interim 2018:
The Interim Term Committee (ITC) asks that academic departments meet this schedule:
By November 16, 2016 - All departments must submit new Abstract Proposal Forms for each proposed off campus 2018 courses. The preliminary proposal should consist of a course description (abstract), staffing needs and an estimated cost to students. Then the committee will share this information with the Off-Campus Programs committee and the deans and get feedback from them including such as travel warnings, saturation in a geographical area, and other matters. Forms should be submitted by department chairpersons to Interim@calvin.edu.
By December 19, 2016 - All course proposal forms will be available to faculty online. Departments should have reviewed DCM and other course assignments by this date or shortly thereafter.
By February 8, 2017 -Department faculty should submit course proposals, including those for off-campus courses, to department curriculum committees and chairpersons for review of course offerings and content; the department may suggest either revisions to proposed courses or development of additional or alternative courses to meet college and departmental needs.
By February 17, 2017 - All course proposals should be approved by host departments and submitted electronically to the ITC.
By March 10, 2017 - The ITC will review and finalize the list of of approved off-campus course descriptions, notify instructors regarding decisions, and request final adoption from the Faculty Senate at its April meeting. The course descriptions will be posted on the Off-Campus Programs website.
March 10, 2017 - Instructors may begin promotion of approved off-campus courses.
March 28, 2017 - The Faculty Senate will consider the final slate of proposed off-campus course descriptions for final adoption.
April 15, 2017 - Off-campus Instructors may begin collecting student applications and deposits. Student applications for off-campus Interim courses should be submitted to the registrar's office for preliminary approval by the registrar and Student Life.
By April 14, 2017 - The ITC will review and finalize the list of of approved on-campus course descriptions, notify instructors, and request final adoption from the Faculty Senate at its May 2017 meeting.
April 25, 2017 - The Faculty Senate will consider the final slate of proposed on-campus course descriptions for final adoption.
By April 26, 2017 -The final Interim-2017 course schedule will be available to students via the web.
By May 12, 2017 - Off-campus instructors are encouraged to make final student selections for "high demand" (fixed-enrollment) courses, so that unselected students have time to research alternatives.
October 1, 2017 - Student off-campus interim applications deadline
Between May 13 and Oct 15, 2017 - Instructors should submit final course rosters to the Off-Campus Programs office for registration.
October 24, 2017 - Registration begins for Interim 2018.
The Interim Term Committee is charged by the faculty with review both of the content of specific courses and of the overall distribution of Interim course offerings. Questions that arise will be discussed with instructors and department chairs, usually by the ITC member who has been assigned as liaison with several departments. Courses will be approved provisionally when the committee's questions have been answered; formal committee approval is normally given to all proposed courses as a group to be sure that issues of balance and level have been appropriately resolved.