Course Proposals

A Course Proposal is required for the following types of proposals:

  • A new course
  • Revision to an existing course, such as:
    • Change in course code, title, course description, prerequisites, or course content
    • Approval for online or hybrid delivery
    • Fulfillment of Core Curriculum requirement.

Creating and Submitting a Course Proposal

INSTRUCTIONS: Choose a Short Form or Long Form based on the descriptors outlined below. Click on the appropriate link to that form’s template. Make a copy of that form (you will not be able to edit the linked template). Name your copy with your course code (prefix/number). When you are ready to submit your proposal or if you have any questions about this process, email Kerri Maher at maherk@augsburg.edu. (Please share the doc allowing Kerri to have edit access.)

Short Form

Required for current courses seeking revision to:
-Title
-Prefix or Number
-Number
-Course description
-Prerequisites
-or removal from the curriculum.

Long Form

Required for:
– New courses
– Current course with content revision
– Current course seeking hybrid or online delivery
– Current course seeking Gen Ed approval
– Any combination of the two form needs


A course proposal requires the following:

    • The form Choose a Short Form or Long Form based on the descriptors outlined above. Click on the appropriate link to that form’s template. Make a copy of that form (you will not be able to edit the linked template). Name your copy with your course code (prefix/number). When you are ready to submit your proposal or if you have any questions about this process, email Kerri Maher at maherk@augsburg.edu. (Please share the doc allowing Kerri to have edit access.)
    • The syllabus: All course proposals require a syllabus for the term in which the change would be implemented. Old syllabi will not be accepted for course revision proposals. Email all syllabi and other supporting documentation to ACC support staff, who will link your documentation to your proposal. Email all ACC documentation to Kerri Maher at maherk@augsburg.edu.
      • The syllabus must specify the following: course objective and desired outcomes, outline of course material, reading and other content sources to be used, methods of evaluation, teaching methodology/classroom activities, and plans for assessment of Augsburg’s institutional student learning outcomes (iSLOs). To make iSLOs more visible to students, faculty are encouraged to include the outcomes that are addressed in the course syllabus.
      • If your course fulfills a Gen Ed requirement, don’t forget to include the requirements’ learning outcomes on your course syllabus (links are posted on the Academic Affairs Office website).
      • Looking for a syllabus template? Contact your Department Chair or Program Director, or see the syllabus resources on the CTL website.
    • The required signatures
      • Your proposal will be shared with the required reviewers after your supplemental documentation has been received. The reviewers, who will have “suggesting” access, will be some combination of the following, depending on the nature of your proposal: Department Chair(s)/Program Director(s), Director of General Education, Registrar’s Office, Library Director, LFC/E-Learning Team, Advising, and Academic Dean. Reviewers will receive an email invitation to review and sign the proposal, and you will be copied on the invitation. After this initial point of contact by staff, it is YOUR (the proposer’s) responsibility to ensure that the required signatures are in place. Please allow signers adequate time to review the proposal.  More complex proposals may require more time. The proposal cannot be considered by the Committee without all signatures.
      • Note: Reviewers may enter their signatures may directly on the last page of the Google doc proposal. An email sent to Kerri Maher at maherk@augsburg.edu from the reviewer’s Augsburg account with a short message indicating their approval is also acceptable.

    Submission deadline:

    The deadline for completed proposals, including signatures, is 5 p.m. on Monday one week prior to the ACC meeting date. (Meeting dates are listed on the University’s Academic Affairs Calendar.) The proposal cannot be considered by the Committee until all signatures are in place.

For more information about course offerings and catalog deadlines, see the AAC Submission Deadlines webpage.

  • Approvers and reviewers:

    As noted above, the individuals who will review a proposal vary depending on the nature of the proposal.  Reviewers will receive an email invitation to review and sign the proposal, and you will be copied on the invitation. After this initial point of contact by staff, it is YOUR (the proposer’s) responsibility to ensure that the required signatures are in place. Please allow signers adequate time to review the proposal.  More complex proposals may require more time. The proposal cannot be considered by the Committee without all signatures.  

    Note: Reviewers may enter their signatures may directly on the last page of the Google doc proposal. An email sent to Kerri Maher at maherk@augsburg.edu from the reviewer’s Augsburg account with a short message indicating their approval is also acceptable.

    • Chair/Director of the Submitter’s Department, required on all course proposals (not required if the submitter is the Chair/Director)
    • Chair(s)/Director(s) of Other Departments, required if the proposal impacts any other departments
    • Director of General Education, required on course proposals involving a Gen Ed requirement (long form only)
    • The Library Director, reviews large changes (long form only)
    • The Director of Online and Blended Pedagogy (required for all proposals seeking modality changes/additions)
    • Registrar’s Office, required on all proposals
    • Academic Advising, required on all proposals
    • the Dean of Arts and Sciences or the Dean of Professional Studies, required on all proposals