Curriculum Committee

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Chair: Joyce Peacock
Chair Contact: / (714) 484-7068
Curriculum Specialist: / (714) 484-7011
Meeting Dates: 1st, 3rd, and optional 5th Tuesdays of every month
Meeting Time: 3–5 p.m.
Meeting Location: Cypress College Complex (CCCPLX) 406
A.S. Representative: Jesse Ramirez


In accordance with the provisions of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, the Cypress College Academic Senate has the primary authority and responsibility for representing the faculty regarding academic and professional matters affecting the college and the district, chief among which is policy development and implementation in matters of curriculum.

Reporting Relationships

The Curriculum Committee is a subcommittee of the Academic Senate. The committee makes regular reports to the Academic Senate regarding curriculum approvals as per their Constitution/Bylaws.

Membership Composition

  • A faculty Chair, appointed by the Academic Senate.
  • One voting faculty Division Representative from each of the following divisions:
    • Business and Computer Information Systems;
    • Career Technical Education
    • Counseling/Student Development
    • Visual and Performing Arts
    • Health Science
    • Kinesiology and Athletics
    • Language Arts
    • Library/LRC
    • Science, Engineering and Mathematics;
    • Social Sciences
  • The Vice President of Instruction (non-voting)
  • The Dean or designee representing our college at OCRC (non-voting)
  • The campus Articulation Officer, voting
  • One Division Dean, (non-voting)
  • One Admissions and Records (A&R) Representative (non-voting)
  • One Student appointed by the President of the Associated Student Body (non-voting)
  • Curriculum Specialist (non-voting)
  • Credit for Prior Learning Coordinator (CPL), (non-voting)

Current Membership

  • Chair, Joyce Peacock
  • Articulation Officer, Jacquelyn Rangel
  • Curriculum Specialist, Marbelly Jairam
  • Division Representatives:
    • Business/CIS Division – Rassoul Alizadeh
    • Career Technical Education Division – Larry Ramos
    • Counseling and Student Development Division – Renay Laguana-Ferinac
    • Health Science Division – Jolena Grande
    • Language Arts Division – Joseph Melodia
    • Library/Learning Resource Center – Joyce Peacock
    • Kinesiology Division – Jordan Hamamoto
    • Science/Engineering/Mathematics Division – Stephanie Spooner
    • Social Sciences Division – Eric Bladh
    • Visual and Performing Arts Division – Tony Maher
  • Others:
    • Jesse Ramirez
    • Kathleen Reiland
    • Colin Preston
    • Patrick Tuufuli

Terms of Membership

  • Faculty member term of appointment shall be three (3) years, and may be renewed for an additional 3-year term or an agreed upon timeframe, with service limited to two (2) consecutive terms: in the case where no other faculty member is elected, the current Division Representative may choose to serve another term or an agreed upon timeframe.
  • One Division Dean, appointed by the Vice President of Instruction, who shall serve as a non-voting member. The term of such appointment shall be one (1) year, with the right of reappointment for an indefinite number of terms.
  • A&R Representative, term shall be one (1) year, with the right of reappointment for an indefinite number of terms.

Given the diversity of disciplines and faculty and the varying degrees of shared governance currently operating in the system, practices utilized by curriculum committees throughout California’s community college system vary widely. Nevertheless, a clear consensus about the main function of the curriculum committee has emerged. The main function of the curriculum committee is that of primary responsibility for the development, review, renewal, and recommendation of curriculum to be approved by the Board of Trustees.

Defining and Understanding the Role of the Academic Senate Education Code

Selected Passages Specifying the Roles of the Academic Senate and those curriculum procedures and policies which also are delegated to the curriculum committee.:


The governing board of each district shall establish procedures to ensure faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to express their opinions at the campus level, and to ensure that these opinions are given every reasonable consideration, and the right of academic senates to assume primary responsibility for making recommendations in the areas of curriculum and academic standards.

Title 5: The policies and regulations of the Board of Governors, and their interpretations and strategies for implementation of Education Code, are published as part of the California Code of Regulations (at or are available on the Academic Senate Website. These Title 5 regulations have the force of law, though they can be modified by action of the Board of Governors without legislative intervention. In addition, the Board of Governors enacts “Standing Rules” that instruct the Chancellor’s Office on how to carry out its functions

Commonly known as the “Ten Plus One‚” (as articulated in Title 5 of the Administrative Code of California, Sections 53200) the following define “Academic and Professional matters.”

To request copies of archived agendas and minutes, please contact the curriculum specialist.