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Curriculum Approval Process and Important Dates

Approval Process

Course submission and review is facilitated via the electronic curriculum management system maintained by the Office of the Registrar. Follow this link for more information about the Curriculum Workflow.

All courses submitted for inclusion in the Liberal Arts Core must first be approved by the respective college's curriculum committee. Once approved, the course proposal is routed to the appropriate Core Curriculum Committee and subsequently to the full Liberal Arts Council for review. If approved by the Liberal Arts Council, the course is routed to Provost's Office for final workflow approval before being recorded by the Office of the Registrar for inclusion in the catalog.

Below you will find documents, information, and deadlines to help you with preparing your course curriculum packet for the LAC and State Guaranteed Pathways (gtP).


November 1, 2021

Course Submission Deadline

Deadline for courses to be submitted to Liberal Arts Council for review. 

Plan ahead! Before courses reach the Liberal Arts Council stage of review the proposals must be approved at the preceding levels (from the unit level through the College Dean level). Check with your Dean's office for college-specific deadlines. 

December 31, 2021

Curriculum Submission Deadline

Deadline for curriculum to be submitted to the Depository.

All required approval signatures must be included (Chair/Director, Curriculum Committee Chair, & College Dean; if applicable, LAC Chair and/or PEC Chair).

Liberal Arts Core

LAC outcomes and syllabus standards are undergoing revision this Summer. Revised guidance will be available prior to Fall 2021.
Email LAC@unco.edu with any questions.

  • LAC Syllabus Standards - coming soon
  • LAC Learning Outcomes - coming soon

Guaranteed Pathways (gtP)

Courses bearing the gtP designation have been approved by the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) for inclusion in the Colorado Guaranteed Transfer Program. These courses will automatically transfer to any Colorado public institution and continue to count toward general education or other graduation requirements for any liberal arts or science associate or bachelor's degree program, if the student receives a grade of "C-" or better. Statewide articulation agreements prescribe specific general education and degree requirements. Most of the other courses, not approved for the gtP designation, will also be accepted in transfer by other institutions, but they may not fulfill general education requirements.

Courses included in the Liberal Arts Core that meet the required gtP content criteria and competencies, and are approved by the Liberal Arts Council, are eligible for the gtP designation. To remain eligible for gtP, every instructor of every section of the course must include the following in their syllabus:

  • Required GT Pathways content criteria and competencies (copied & pasted verbatim into syllabus). Please note, CDHE numbering must be preserved.
  • The statement, “The Colorado Commission on Higher Education has approved [Course prefix, number] for inclusion in the Guaranteed Transfer (GT) Pathways program in the [GT-@@#] category.  For transferring students, successful completion with a minimum C‒ grade guarantees transfer and application of credit in this GT Pathways category.  For more information on the GT Pathways program, go to http://highered.colorado.gov/academics/transfers/gtpathways/curriculum.html”

Every year the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) will randomly audit course syllabi for compliance with the above. Course instructors will be contacted directly by CDHE staff and asked to provide a current course syllabus. If the syllabus does not meet the requirements, the institution will have an opportunity to address the problem. If the problem persists, the course (not just the section, but the entire course) will be removed from GT Pathways until it meets the requirement.

Please note, courses approved for gtPathways must have a challenge exam option, whether through standardized test or departmental exam.

More information about Guaranteed Transfer Pathways.