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Academic Advising

Curriculum Services

Curriculum development and decisions are the responsibility and authority of the faculty.  The purpose of the “Curriculum Services” team, under the auspices of the Office of the Provost, is to establish and maintain a cohesive workflow and framework.  In order to promote curricular cohesion, a framework is needed to facilitate training for faculty leadership on designing courses and curriculum according to policy and to best leverage online educational planning and advising tools.

Goals of Curriculum Services

Several hundred courses and curriculum changes are vetted and approved by faculty senate annually. The Curriculum Services team works with a three tiered framework: curriculum governance/decision (i.e. faculty), curriculum interpretation (i.e. how decisions are interpreted) and curriculum implementation (how students enroll in courses.)  Through this framework, the University of South Carolina will benefit from a universal workflow reducing duplication of effort, curricular transparency, reduction in mis-advisement, and the ability to project and predict course demand. 

Curriculum Governance (Faculty & Academic Program Manager)

  • 100% of course proposals move through a comprehensive framework promoting curricular cohesion. (see flowchart [pdf])
  • 100% of all undergraduate programs will follow the Program of Study format in the Bulletin.
  • Academic Departments/Undergraduate Directors will be trained on curriculum policy, best practices, and curriculum management and educational planning tools.
  • Faculty will adhere to academic deadlines so as to preserve the catalogue year.

Curriculum Interpretation Goals (Curriculum Services)

  • 100% of University curriculum resources (DegreeWorks, Major Maps, Banner Course Catalog) will be based on and aligned with Bulletin content.
  • 100% of course and curriculum changes will be pre-approved by departments/Undergraduate Directors with Bulletin, Major Maps, DegreeWorks, and Banner Course Catalog prior to being entered into the Curriculum Management Tool (currently APPS, future CourseLeaf).
  • 100% of course and program proposals include all necessary information for review and approval through curriculum approval process leaving no room for disparate interpretation.

Curriculum Implementation Goals (Advisement)

  • 100% of all continuing degree-seeking students will have accurate degree audits after their academic advisement sessions for each term. (DegreeWorks)
  • 100% of all degree-seeking students will have a locked education plan by their primary Academic Advisor specifying courses to be taken prior to registration for each term.
  • 100% of all continuing degree-seeking students who change majors will be required to attend an academic advisement session to readjust their degree audit and education plan in their new program of study.
  • 100% of all degree candidates will have complete degree audits prior to graduation approval.


Meet the Team

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Tena Crews
Associate Provost for Academic Programs
  • Program proposal pre-authorization
  • Ensure academic proposals include all necessary information and background
  • Curriculum proposal approval flow
  • SACSCOC & CHE liaison
Katie Sites
Office of Academic Programs
  • Academic Program Proposal System (APPS) assistance
  • Academic Planning Timeline
Aaron Marterer
University Registrar
  •  Coming Soon 
Ed Short
Associate Registrar for Scheduling & Operations
  • Review of course proposals
  • Course catalog in Banner
  • Registration & prerequisite issues in Banner
Tara George
Senior Associate Registrar (Educational Planning)
  •  Coming Soon 
Malia Kiehl
Assistant Registrar for Educational Planning 
  •  Coming Soon
Claire Robinson
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Advisement and Director of University Advising Center
  •  Coming Soon 
Jenn Tilford
Director of Undergraduate Curriculum Management
  • Program of Study design and organization
  • Major Maps
  • Academic Terminology
  • Consistency & accuracy of curricular resources (Major Maps, Bulletin, website)
  • Manages University-wide application of Carolina Core

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