Curricular requirements are housed in the Office of the Registrar. Changes in any curricular requirements to degree or diploma programs are considered by the Faculty Senate, following submission of a course proposal form to the Office of the Dean, who consults with the Head of Faculty Senate to bring this proposal to the Senate for consideration. Motions passed by the Senate must be ratified by the Office of the President or returned to the Senate for further discussion. In issues of curricular proposals, or new course proposals, the Senate will typically examine the merits of the proposal and discuss the appropriate credit-hour assignment, consistent with existing policies at the Institute.
Prior to a course proposal going to the Faculty Senate for review, the faculty member discusses the course proposal with the Registrar and/or the Dean of the Conservatory; the purpose of this dialogue is to ensure that a consistent approach to the application of the Institute's credit hour policies and procedures occurs, and to ensure the viability of the proposal from a number of perspectives including, but not limited to educational relevancy, curricular and facility impact and fiscal considerations.