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Curriculum Approval Process and Important Dates

Approval Process

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 packets should be submitted to LAC@unco.edu for distribution to the LAC and the Core Curriculum Committees at least two weeks prior to the next LAC meeting (please see schedule of meetings for a list of dates).

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 9, 2018

Course Submission Deadline

Deadline for courses to be submitted to LAC for review. Contact LAC@unco.edu with any LAC related questions. 

December 31, 2018

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).

Check with your College Dean's office for college-specific deadlines.

Liberal Arts Core

To nominate a course for the Liberal Arts Core, please submit a course packet that includes the following:

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)
  • The statement, “The Colorado Commission on Higher Education has approved [Course prefix, number] for inclusion in the Guaranteed Transfer (GT) Pathways program in the gtP 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.

More information about gtp.