Catalog and Curriculum Management

The Office of the University Registrar, as part of Enrollment Services, supports the Catalog and Curriculum Management function. 

Key Contacts:
University Registrar
Debbie Henry

Senior Associate Registrar
Cassandra Heavrin

Associate Registrar
Truman Glenn

Program Manager

Direct questions regarding catalog to catalog@uh.edu.

Direct questions regarding curriculog to curriculog@uh.edu.

For questions regarding state reporting requirements, please contact the Office of Institutional Research.

For proposal content development support, please contact Undergraduate Academic Affairs for the Undergraduate Committee, and The Graduate School for the Graduate and Professional Studies Committee. 

Catalog

Curriculum Management

Catalog

The catalog is the document that explicitly states the requirements to which students must adhere in order to complete their degree program.

Catalog Ownership

Degree programs, policies and descriptive information are developed by the University faculty and faculty administration and approved for official offering by the applicable governing bodies.

Catalog Interpretation

Catalog language is interpreted and enforced by:

  • The offices, primarily the academic affairs offices, that use the information, in conjunction with,
  • The Undergraduate Academic Affairs and/or The Graduate School and
  • The Office of the University Registrar.

Catalog Publishing

Approved changes are entered into the catalog and published by the Office of the University Registrar and are made available on the publish date.

Catalog Review/Publishing Cycle

March-August Colleges submit change proposals to programs, courses and policies.
September-December University career committees (GRAD/PRO and UGRAD) approve proposals.
October Request for edits sent to colleges.
January

Final Review of Edits to narrative text in catalog.
Provost and THECB submit final approvals for changes to programs, courses and policies. Approved changes entered into catalog.

February

Catalogs published.

Provost approval memo attachment.

Catalog Features

My Portfolio – Allows users to create an account that exists within the catalog that will enable users to:

  • Flag catalog items for future reference.
  • Request contact from UH Admissions regarding items of interest. The email request will include a user-personalized message and all flagged items, in order to facilitate a more efficient, productive conversation.

Degree Planner – A print-friendly worksheet version of the degree requirements is available for all degree plans.

Social Media Links – Users can Tweet or post to Facebook links to catalog pages that they are excited to tell their friends about.

Media-rich Content – Catalog content owners can improve the look and function of their information by including graphics, videos and downloadable attachments.

Dynamically Displayable Content – Departments and colleges can include links to catalog content regarding their program on their websites, eliminating the need to worry about updating it again. The look and function is customizable, enabling a seamless appearance with the website style. Contact catalog@uh.edu for more information about how to use this feature.

Curriculum Management

Curriculum (pl: Curricula) at UH consists of the approved degree programs and courses offered. UH is a publicly funded, regionally accredited institution. Course offerings and degrees must first be approved by the governing board(s) in order to be published. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) is the governing board for the state of Texas and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is the regional accrediting commission.

  • FYI: There are 15 reports made annually, per term or more frequently to the THECB regarding our institution’s educational activities (facilities, utilization efficiency, courses, various student and enrollment data). Curriculum change (course inventory) reporting is one and is made at least once per year.  

Changes to Curriculum

Prior to Spring 2014, the process for proposing, approving and implementing changes to curriculum were made using paper forms known as CBM003 forms.

  • CBM = Coordinating Board Management
  • 003 = Course Inventory

As of Spring 2014, an Online Workflow Management system called Curriculog was instituted.

This online process allows for greater transparency, campus participation and proposal tracking. It also provides an automated workflow that will decrease the processing time from first proposed stage to final approval. The same system also may be used to propose changes to academic policies and to narrative text of the catalog.

Approval Chain of Command

The catalog approval is a 7-step process.

Assistance with Proposal Development

Faculty should first consult with their chair or director or department curriculum committee when beginning a proposal. Representatives from the UC and GPSC/GEPC will assist the respective committee chairs with the approval process and are generally available to departments and colleges when questions arise.

Curriculog

Online Workflow Management-type tool for developing proposals for adds/changes/deletions of courses and programs (implemented in Spring 2014).

  • User Roles – User Roles for the approvers, committee chairs and members, Deans, etc., will be maintained on a regular and as-needed basis.

Questions/Issues with Curriculog should be directed to:

Amy Ramirez
curriculog@uh.edu
713.743.5020