The Curriculum Committee receives its mandate from the Faculty senate. The committee as an independent standing committee implements the recommendations through the academic leadership of the institution. Academic decisions involving faculty members will be disseminated through faculty meetings, e-mails and informal deliberations. Recommendations to modify the committee’s purpose and objectives can be recommended by 60% of the faculty members present at the meeting.
The Chair of the Curriculum Committee is usually an expert in medical education, holds higher qualifications in this area and is appointed by the President’s Cabinet. The Chair is usually appointed for two-year duration. The appointment can be extended for another two year term.
The committee will have overall responsibility for teaching-learning at the institution.
Faculty members will be under the purview of the committee. Individuals performing supportive roles with regard to teaching-learning can be under the committee’s purview for these particular activities.
The purpose of the Curriculum Committee is to promote proper maintenance of high academic and educational standards and educational processes. The objectives of the Committee are to review, develop, and recommend new and/or modified curriculum policies predominantly based on existing standards in North American and UK medical education systems.
The objectives of the Committee are to review, develop, and recommend new and/or modified curriculum policies predominantly based on existing standards in North American and UK medical education systems. The Committee also recommends regulations on the course of study, classes, and prescribes textbooks for different disciplines in collaboration with respective faculty members. The Committee creates and reviews standards for educational performance in line with CAAM-HP and other accreditation requirements. The committee in line with modern trends works to promote active, student-centered learning strategies in the institution and where possible will work to promote interprofessional learning. Day-to-day running of the various courses and sessions will be the purview of the Dean and the Associate Deans and to maintain the focus of the committee on planning and further strengthening the learning process will not be
discussed at committee meetings though the committee can request for a brief report from the Deans where required.
Meetings are held minimally once every month during the semester and at other times during the semester as needed. The committee will provide agenda, date, place and time of the meeting. An extraordinary meeting may be convened if required by the Chair and the Member Secretary and the members will be informed electronically.
All activities pertaining to teaching-learning at the institution will be under the purview of the curriculum committee. These may include but are not limited to the system syllabi, standards of teaching-learning, conduct of courses among others. The committee may appoint a subcommittee to audit teaching-learning and courses in the institution in consultation with the President’s cabinet to ensure that its mandate of ensuring a high quality of teaching-learning at the institution is achieved and maintained. In collaboration with the examination committee, the committee may also be involved in auditing the questions submitted by various faculties. The committee will support the Director of Quality assurance in peer-review of courses using the peer review forms for interactive lectures and for small group sessions.
All members are requested to attend all scheduled meetings and should inform the Chair and the Member Secretary in writing if they are unable to attend. If a member is unable to attend three consecutive meetings without any written intimation the committee may recommend that the member may be removed from the committee. The member secretary will prepare the minutes of meeting and circulate the same electronically among members and invitees for any modifications or amendments.
The committee will work closely with the Dean and the quality assurance group to ensure high standards of teaching-learning at CUCOM.
The major output of the committee will be high quality teaching-learning at CUCOM. The output may include but is not restricted to system syllabi, and program objectives among others. The curriculum committee will also support faculty development initiatives to strengthen teaching-learning at CUCOM.
The Committee includes full-time faculty, and consists of a Chair and faculty members. One of the faculty members shall be the Member Secretary. One student member from the Basic Sciences shall be selected initially. Later there will also be two clinical student members. The Student members will be selected for a trimester. The criteria for selection are academic good standing, willingness to attend meetings and contribute to the deliberations. Depending on requirements, persons may be invited to attend committee meetings. To ensure greater
understanding of and compliance with accreditation standards the QAA director is invited to attend curriculum committee meetings.
Committee decisions are made by consensus.