PILOT TEXTBOOK POLICY
FOR MATHEMATICS/ COMPUTER SCIENCE/ ENGINEERING
This policy establishes procedures for members of the Mathematics/ Computer
Science/ Engineering Discipline with regard to piloting textbooks,
that is, using a textbook other than the textbook(s) on the list approved
by the Discipline.
Any Mathematics/ Computer Science/ Engineering course committee can
propose a pilot textbook for a course to be used for one or two semesters
(excluding summer) by following the following procedure:
The course committee is responsible for writing an appropriate Teaching
Guide for the pilot text.
A member or members of the appropriate course committee may initiate the
request for using a pilot text and submit this request to the committee
for discussion and approval. The idea could originate with a faculty member
outside the course committee but should be discussed with a course committee
member and presented to the course committee by a member of the committee.
It is the responsibility of the proposer(s) to initiate the process in
a timely manner. If the course committee approves, the committee writes
and submits a proposal to the Executive Committee. If the course committee
does not approve, the member(s) may bring a revised plan back to the course
committee for approval.
Upon approval of the pilot text the course committee must establish the
campus and semester where the pilot text is to be used and gain approval
from the department chair at that campus for using the pilot text in one
or more sections.
The course committee must submit a proposal to the Executive Committee
of the Discipline including: a) A justification for
piloting the text for one term; b) Particulars of the use of
the pilot text (who will teach the section(s), when and where the pilot
text will be used, source of the books -- donated by publisher or purchased
through the bookstore?); and c) A statement from the appropriate
department chair giving approval for the pilot.
The Executive Committee of the Discipline must make a recommendation
in favor or opposed to using the pilot text to the Discipline.
The course committee proposal and recommendation from the Executive Committee
must be presented at an Discipline meeting. Approval of the proposal
requires a simple majority of the full Discipline.
If the proposal is approved, the following procedures must be followed.
b. An evaluation of the use of the pilot text must be presented to the
(with a copy to the Executive Committee) during the semester following
the use of the pilot text.