Most curricular proposals (Category I and Category II) require liaison with other academic units. The purposes of liaison are:
- To gather information and opinions concerning the propriety and quality of the changes being proposed.
- To assure that students (including those outside the department) are not adversely affected by curricular changes.
- To reduce duplication of curriculum and enhance complementarity of curriculum within the university and with other OUS institutions.
Feedback should be solicited from all campus units whose programs or students could be affected by the proposal and/or whose common subject matter pertains to the subject matter of the proposal (see list of OSU curriculum contacts). Email is an acceptable form of liaison (see sample letter or email of liaison).
It is common to include a statement in the cover memo that if no repsonse is received by a reasonable deadline, the assumption will be that the recipient has no objections.
Copies of liaison letters sent and all replies received should be attached to the proposal when it is submitted. The proposal should also include a memo addressing any concerns which surfaced during the liaison process.
For Category II course proposals, please also include:
- A list of courses for which this course/sequence serves as a prerequisite or corequisite.
- A list of those courses for which this course serves as a crosslist.
- Documentation (e-mails are OK) showing that all participating units agree with the proposal; department chair/head and college-level approvals are required from each.
For Category I program proposals, please include letters of liaison and/or support from other institutions with similar programs.
Additional Information: Format for Letter or Email of Liaison; List of OSU Curriculum Contacts