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This site is intended for faculty and staff responsible for editing the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS) Bulletins. Included here are tools to guide and assist you.
The text and content to be reviewed and edited for the 2014/2015 CAS & GRS Bulletins reside in a Staging site that is not publicly viewable. The Staging Bulletins mimic the current online Bulletin webpage(s) associated with your department/program/center/institute. (See Resources, below.)
The Academic Bulletins constitute the official record of courses, degree requirements, and academic policies in effect for an academic year. Because it is the document of authority for all students, it is essential that the information it contains remains fixed as of the date of publication. The 2014/2015 Bulletins will be published July 1, 2014. Note that this is two weeks earlier than last year. Hence, it is essential to comply with editing deadlines.
SUBMISSION DEADLINES (dates subject to change)
|Submission Deadline||Documents to be Submitted
|Program Page Deadline||December 13, 2013||Edits to Program Pages, including program overview statements. GRS Program pages should adhere to template sent by GRS and included below in Resources|
|Curricular Changes Deadline
(for department/program chairs and directors; refer to Deans’ Memo below, under Resources)
|December 20, 2013||New programs or changes to curriculum proposals to be submitted to Peter Law in the Dean’s Office|
|Department Page Deadline||March 25, 2014||Edits to Department Pages, revisions to any previously submitted edits, and any other pages relevant to your department/program|
|Course List Deadline||May 9, 2014||A list of course numbers of the courses you wish to appear in the 2014/2015 Bulletin. One list for the CAS Bulletin, another, separate, list for the GRS Bulletin (if applicable)|
|BULLETINS PUBLISHED||July 1, 2014||Content frozen|
GENERAL EDITING INSTRUCTIONS
The following is a summation of how to edit your Bulletin text. Please read and follow instructions carefully.
Carefully read and review the departmental/program (“Department Page”) and degree program (“Program Page”) text for which you are responsible for editing in order to determine what changes/edits are necessary (if any). Also read and review the courses listed on the CAS Divisional Studies page and submit any edits or corrections along with your own department/program pages. You may access the Staging Bulletin pages by using the URLs listed below in Resources. If your department/program offers both CAS & GRS degree programs, you will need to look at both Bulletins’ pages and any associated links.
Course List Deadline: Instructions under revision.
NOTE: Please read the Submitting Bulletin Text Edits, Editing Guidelines, and Resources sections below before you begin to edit.
Text edits to the Staging Bulletins must be made and returned in a Word document attachment (a separate Word document for each URL you are editing) in the manner outlined below; no other format will be accepted by Creative Services:
A sample of a correctly formatted edited document (with additional editing tips) and an editing template are available for your reference. If you still have difficulty making use of Track Changes, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be contacted via phone to guide you through this (simple) process.
Edited Word documents must be submitted replying to the CAS Bulletin email address, email@example.com, or GRS Bulletin email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, whichever is appropriate, no later than the current deadline. However, the sooner you can return your edits, the sooner we will be able to see the edits implemented, maximizing our review time for the following round of edits.
NOTE: These instructions will be revised at a later date for the 2014/2015 Bulletins.
Edits should be made and returned in a Word document attachment (a separate Word document for courses to appear in the CAS Bulletin (if applicable) and another for courses to appear in the GRS Bulletin (if applicable) in the manner outlined below:
In accordance with New England Association of Schools and College (NEASC) accrediting guidelines, a course must be offered within a three-year period in order to allow us to list the course in a publication, so the Course List(s) should only reflect courses that have been offered or will be offered within the time span of Fall 2012 – Spring 2015 (the exception being newly approved courses being offered for the first time). If you wish to list a course that was last offered prior to Fall 2011, please state the future semester in which you intend to offer it— these courses must be offered no later than Spring 2015.
A sample of a Course List document is provided below under Links at Glance.
The Course List Word documents must be submitted by sending to the CAS Bulletin email address, email@example.com, or the GRS Bulletin email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, whichever is appropriate, no later than May 9, 2014.
GENERAL EDITORIAL GUIDELINES
• Be concise. Provide just the facts in simple, concrete terms.
• Use bullets. Break up large blocks of text and all lists, including lists of faculty, classes, etc., with bullets.
• Think “online.” Provide exact names of other sections/information you’d like to point to, along with their URLs.
• Be consistent. Use the same style and tone across all sections of your bulletin sections.
• Be thorough. The bulletin is an unchangeable snapshot of a particular calendar year. Information is frozen (i.e., no further edits allowed) upon publication
CAS 2014/2015 Staging Bulletin
GRS 2014/2015 Staging Bulletin
Department Pages (Department/Program overview pages)
Program Pages (degree program/major/minor description pages)
BU Editorial Style Guide (general University editorial guidelines)
Deans’ Memo on New Processes for Modifying Curriculum, Editing Bulletins, and Updating Degree Advice