Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about APC

  1. What comes to Gillings School Academic Programs Committee (APC)?
  • Changes to program requirements, including changes to required courses
    • Adding new programs, concentrations, tracks, or courses required by a program
    • Changes to existing programs or courses such as credit hours, course numbers, titles
  • Some changes to courses require an informal notice to APC, while others require APC review and vote before it moves from school-level to campus-level review.
    • Deactivating programs or courses
  1. What happens before it comes to School APC?
  • Collect and organize sufficient information to facilitate consistent review practices. Use a form or template as a tool. See the bottom of this page for more information. https://sph.unc.edu/resource-pages/academic-programs-committee/
  • Department/unit reviews and approves at unit-level before it comes to APC for school-level review
  • Send the unit-approved proposal packet to your APC representative.
  1. What happens after it is approved by School APC?
    • For programs, approved proposals are then sent to either the Graduate School or the Office of Undergraduate Curricula.
    • For courses, faculty input course information from the approved course syllabus into CIM, which initiates campus review that will automatically update the course catalog, registration, and transcript systems.
    • Campus differentiates degree level by “academic career,” which is indicated by the course number.
      • Courses numbered <699 are reviewed by administrative boards and course committees of the General College and College of Arts and Sciences or the Office of Undergraduate Curricula.
      • Courses numbered 700+ are reviewed by the Graduate School.
  1. What is CIM?

CIM (rhymes with “Kim”) stands for Curriculum Inventory Management. The campus invested in this product by CourseLeaf that augments the catalog software system to build a comprehensive curriculum and catalog system. CIM course approval workflow is tightly integrated with the University Catalog and ConnectCarolina. In other words, approved course changes are automatically updated in the registration, course catalog, and transcript systems.

  1. What should I know about course syllabi?
  • Follow current pedagogical best practices. The school developed a template that all faculty are expected to use by Fall 2021. Visit the Syllabus page for more information.
  • There is no requirement to post full course syllabi to the internet (GPS/department pages).
  • School CAU will no longer be responsible for posting syllabi to the internet.
  • If faculty opt to post their course syllabi to the web, they must be kept current.
  • APC is working with Academic Affairs to establish a syllabus repository, file name convention, and collection process—stay tuned.