Southern Methodist University
Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development
Academic Affairs Committee (AAC)
Purpose of the Academic Affairs Committee
The purpose of the Academic Affairs Committee in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development is to review curriculum, new program proposals, and academic policies and procedures in order to ensure that they are consistent with SMU’s strategic academic priorities.
Our specific goals are to do the following:
- Monitor and align Simmons’ academic programs to SMU’s academic mission and strategic plans.
- Consider and approve proposals for new courses and programs.
- Consider and approve whether academic programs are appropriately responding to student needs, interests, and professional workforce demands.
- Assess and monitor the educational quality of Simmons’ programs to continuously improve our academic standards.
We also focus our attention on the following academic matters:
- Revision of course offerings
- Elimination of programs
- Modification of courses
- Modification of programs
- Creation of new certificates
- Review of other substantive educational changes
- The committee is composed of faculty that have been appointed by the chairs of their departments. The Associate Dean of Academic Affairs of Simmons serves as the chair of the committee. 2016-17 Committee members include:
Meeting Schedule and deadlines
The AAC requires that all course and program proposals be submitted one month prior to the meeting date on which the proposal is to be reviewed. For example, to be added to the November agenda, all proposals are due on October 13th; to be added to the December agenda, all proposals are due November 11th.
September 11th, October 9th, November 13th, December 11th, January 8th, February 12th, March 12th, April 9th, May 14th, June 11th
The following course proposal template should be used for all new course proposals:
Simmons School New Course Proposal Form
The following program proposal template should be used for all new programs:
Simmons School Proposal for a New Degree, Major, or Certificate Program
If you are proposing an online or hybrid course, please note that additional approval is needed by Simmons’ Technology Advisory Council (TAC). The TAC will support the development and implementation of high-quality online and hybrid programming in Simmons.
Useful tips when submitting course and program proposals:
- All new course proposals and course modifications require syllabi as part of the submission.
- The title should be concise and descriptive, and it should conform to the existing style of the department from which it originates.
- Proposals should clearly demonstrate that assessments are tied to student learning outcomes.
- Assessment tools-- such as rubrics, checklists, etc. – should be included in the course proposal.
- Faculty are encouraged to attend meetings when their proposal is being discussed.
- Early development of proposal is encouraged– the AAC chair is willing to review proposal before it goes to the committee.
- Approval by program and department, and requisite signatures, are required before proposals are submitted to the AAC.