Course Proposal - Crosslisting

For courses that will be crosslisted:
  • The course number, title, credits, prerequisites and, if applicable, attributes (breadth, level, grad attribute etc.) must be the same in all crosslisted subjects
  • Before submitting the proposal, check with all crosslisted subjects to determine that the course number is available in all subjects

If a crosslisted subject is being removed:

  • If one subject is retaining the subject, submit a course change proposal.  Any partner in the crosslisting can initiate the course course change proposal.
  • If none of the subject owners will retain the course, discontinue the course.  Any partner in the crosslisting can initiate the course discontinuation proposal. 

The maintenance of cross-listed courses can be time-consuming, complex, and error-prone: cross-listing is not “resource-neutral.” Ideally, the use of cross-listing is reserved for courses that are taught within an inter- or multi-disciplinary framework and that appropriately belong in multiple Subject listings. There may be occasions when cross-listing courses serves the broader goals of departments and programs, and since the responsibility for managing their Subject listings rests on these units, they bear responsibility for determining the proper use of crosslisting.

There is no requirement that a course be cross-listed, even when it meets the criteria for cross-listing. The following guidelines are suggested:

1. Department and program faculty are responsible for determining whether it is appropriate to approve requests to cross-list courses with other Subject listings. Proposals for crosslisting individual courses are submitted to school/college curriculum committees and the University Curriculum Committee.

2. Without exception, all course information related to cross-listed courses must be identical: this includes course numbers, attributes, descriptions, and footnotes. Approval of a cross-listing signifies that all participating units will work together to ensure accuracy of all information as it appears in each Subject listing (e.g., that variable information, like footnotes, are accurate and identical for each listing).

3. The following conditions are presumed in cross listing:

a. First and foremost, that important and necessary information is provided to students for enrollment in courses by virtue of the cross-listing;

b. That the course is taught by a member of the faculty or an instructor who has a recognized, dual allegiance to both programs (e.g, via a joint appointment, formal admission as joint-governance faculty, or as a recognized affiliate); or that the course is team-taught by members of departments participating in the cross-list, and that students from all departments benefit from the joint offering; or that any of the departments participating in the cross-listing has the potential to offer the course (or that the course might rotate among participating departments); or that a substantial proportion of the course subject matter is (and will be) appropriate and relevant to all of the fields represented by participating departments. In short, tangential or insubstantial connections between programs and interests should not be sufficient for cross-listing courses across Subject listings.

The cross-listing of courses increases the complexity of scheduling classes and will add to staff workload. This should be taken into consideration when proposals for cross-listing are considered. 

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Owner:Michelle Y.Group:Courses and Academic Programs
Created:2012-12-10 11:19 CDTUpdated:2016-07-19 16:49 CDT
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