Curriculum Standards and Policy Committee

Curriculum Standards and Policy Committee

The Curriculum Standards and Policy Committee (also referred to as CSPC or the Curriculum Committee) makes academic standards and policy recommendations to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Specifically we make recommendations regarding:

  • Academic policies and programs in keeping with the philosophy and mission of the University and with the policies of the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland
  • Policies, standards, procedures for admission to the University, to special programs, and to majors
  • General departmental standards for retention and for graduation
  • Operational definitions for letter grades
  • Guidelines for all university-wide or out-of-class testing programs



We meet monthly at 3:00 pm in Room 355 of the Science and Technology building. Please note: we do not meet during summer months or in January.

2021 Meeting Dates

  • April 21, 2021
  • May 19, 2021
  • September 15, 2021
  • October 20, 2021
  • November 17, 2021
  • December 15, 2021



The Coppin State University chapter has both broad and specific purposes we work to fulfill. 

Our Broad Purposes

  • Support the policies and goals of the AAUP
  • Promote the interests of higher education and research
  • Increase the usefulness and standards, ideals, and welfare of the academic professions

Our Specific Purposes

  • Defend academic freedom at Coppin State University
  • Encourage faculty participation in governance at Coppin
  • Protect and advance the professional status and interests of all faculty members at Coppin State University

Please reference our chapter bylaws for additional objectives and purposes.

2021 CSPC Proposal Submissions Due Dates

Submit proposals via email no later than 3 pm on the following dates:

  • April 7, 2021
  • May 5, 2021
  • September 1, 2021
  • October 6, 2021
  • November 3, 2021 and
  • December 1, 2021

Chair: Irving H. Smith, PhD, Chair Health Sciences

Vice Chair: Laura Anderson, PhD, Professor, Criminal Justice

Secretary: Erika Smith, PhD, Professor, Nursing

Parliamentarian: Argin Hutchins, DPH, Professor, Psych, Counseling and Behavioral Sciences

Registrar/Advisor: Karen Barland

Administrative Assistant: Deborah Stone

The CSU General Education Program Sub-Committee Dr. Claudia Nelson, Chair

The CSU New Program, Minors, and certificates CSU/MHEC logistics Sub-Committee Members: Michael Bowden and Rolande Murray, PhD

The Academic Program Review Sub-Committee (To Be Formed)