Curriculum Committee

Contact Information

Darren Hall

Chair Requirements

Chair: Curriculum Chair/Coordinator Darren Hall 

Committee Membership

Administrators (1) Classified (2) Faculty (8)** Students (1)
Michael Odu - Vice President of Instructional Services Evelyn Escalante - Evaluator* Darren Hall - Curriculum Chair/Coordinator Akili Ploudre - ASG Designee
Jamie Hammond - Evaluator* Paul Chlapecka - BTCWI Designee
Meilani Peleti - Evaluator* Amy Alsup - Liberal Arts Designee
Melanie Cordero - Support Matthew Cain - MBEPS Designee
Scott Moller - Public Safety Designee
Mara Palma-Sanft - Articulation Officer
Isabella Ela - Counselor Designee
*Designated by the District Office, share one vote Veronica Hartmann - Counselor Designee
**If an English Subject Matter Expert and a Mathematics Subject Matter Expert are not present in seated membership, those faculty may be added as Ex Officio Advisors for those areas. Brenda Wilborn - Math Subject Matter Expert

Committee Purpose/Charge

This committee is the campus approval authority for all curriculum proposals affecting San Diego Miramar College. It follows District policies issued by the District Curriculum Instructional Council, State policies issued by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, and State law and regulations set forth in California Education Code and Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. This committee will also be informed and guided by curriculum-related recommendations from the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges. Committee procedures are specified in SDCCD Board Policy 5300 and Administrative Procedure 5300.2 and the CCCCO - Program and Course Approval Handbook. 

Committee Responsibilities

  • Update and revise as needed the department chair personnel list in the curriculum management system.
  • Communicate periodic summary of curriculum changes to the Chair of Chairs.
  • Review and approve new curriculum as well as revisions of current curriculum such as courses, programs, certificates, and degrees, including distance education components in collaboration with discipline experts.
  • Ensure that the curriculum offered from San Diego Miramar College is in the best interests of student equity and success.
  • Ensure that any curriculum proposal for Program Initiation and/or Program Discontinuance has been vetted through the Program Viability Process prior to any official action at the committee level.
  • Report to the Academic Senate when substantial changes to District Board Policies (BPs) or Administrative Procedures (APs) regarding curriculum processes are proposed, and anytime there are new proposals for academic programs at San Diego Miramar College that will lead to a degree or certificate of achievement.
  • Report to the Academic Senate as necessary to include matters that substantially impact one or more programs, or the coordination of instruction and services to students.
  • Assist with the review of the accreditation self-study responses to the appropriate standards and monitor the college’s progress in meeting plans and recommendations specific to its accreditation charge.
  • Committee representatives are responsible for dissemination of relevant curriculum additions, changes, and updates in a timely manner to the discipline members, assuring discipline faculty concurrence.
  • Perform work and provide evidence to ensure the college meets applicable areas of Accreditation Standard I-II.

Committee Procedures

  • Membership term lengths: Unless membership is designated by position, there is a two (2) year appointment with an option for an additional two-year service, and the possibility of 1 additional term if the position remains available.  Additionally, members may serve additional terms beyond the standard term limits in situations where doing so would contribute to the continuity and effectiveness of the committee’s work, foster value professional growth opportunities and promote the best interests of the college.  
  • This Committee is a decision-making committee of the Academic Senate.
  • Committee retains authority to form taskforces and workgroups related directly to committee charge.
  • The Administration will provide the note taker and clerical support.
  • Plans/Reports: Curriculum Reports to Academic Senate; Annual summary of goals and accomplishments to the Academic Senate.
  • Quorum: 50% +1 of membership.
  • Committee Approval Process: Vote.

Meeting Frequency

Standing Committees and/or Subcommittees