CAT and CIM FAQs
1. VCU’s implementation of the CourseLeaf Catalog (CAT) component for the VCU Bulletins started in spring 2015. The new bulletin successfully launched in the summer of 2015. The software provides the ability to make the bulletin more interactive and user-focused, as well as:
- A back-end database for the bulletin, allowing a workflow process for contributors
- Enhanced design
- Streamlined navigation and efficient updates
2. The CourseLeaf Curriculum Inventory Management, or CIM (pronounced “kim”), module will move VCU to a paperless course and curriculum management system by creating a dynamic workflow for appropriate levels of approval for each type of curricular action.
- A centralized electronic information source for all bulletin and curriculum activities
- A workflow to ensure levels of approval are met for all bulletin and curriculum activities
- Real-time status updates for all curricular activity for all institutional faculty and staff, increasing transparency
- Integration with Banner and the Degree Works systems already on campus
3. CIM is a curriculum inventory management system. It uses online forms for course and program proposals along with pre-defined workflow for review and approvals providing a standardized sequence of steps for all proposals to follow. It is the next step for VCU Bulletins and is coming soon. CIM integrates with our existing bulletin product CAT. CIM provides a new way to submit, review and approve course and program proposals from their inception all the way to their inactivation or retirement. CIM brings the following benefits to the VCU community:
- Everything is managed and tracked online
- Forms are VCU-specific collecting the key required information needed for academic integrity
- Forms and approvals are easy-to-use with help and tips to get you on your way
- Easily track where any proposal is in its workflow status
- Quickly see what changes have been approved with colored markup and who has made them
- Data integrity is maintained within the proposal forms by having them match the data within Banner
- Reports can be easily created for committee meetings
- Course changes and pertinent program information is flagged and updated in the bulletin itself
Course proposal form: Click here to view a sample of the new online course proposal form that will be used beginning fall 2016. The form is based upon the paper forms used previously. Once approved through the workflow, the information provided in the form will be used to update or create the course in Banner and the Bulletin course list.
Program proposal form: Click here to view a sample of the new online program proposal form that will be used beginning fall 2016. The form is based upon the paper forms used previously. Once approved through the workflow, the information provided in the form will be used to update programs in CIM and push key information (learning outcomes, degree requirements, plan of study and program admission requirements) into the Bulletin.
- Internet Explorer (8, 9, 10 and 11)
- Mozilla Firefox (versions 10+)
- Google Chrome (versions 20+)
- Apple Safari (versions 5+)
Uploading files within CIM requires Adobe Flash Player version 10.
6. You receive an error message on CIM forms indicating that "Uploading files requires Adobe Flash 10." You can proceed with inputting your data into the forms, but you will not be able to submit attachments with your proposal until Adobe Flash is installed.
10. Have your department chair submit the request to firstname.lastname@example.org with the role(s) you want changed along with the person’s name and eID.
11. Yes, videos and resources from CAT and CIM training are now available. For security purposes and to meet vendor requirements, videos and resources from training are VCU CAS protected. Users must authenticate with a valid VCU eID and password to view the content. Click here to view videos and resources.
- Propose new/edit existing course
- Propose new/edit existing program
- Propose/correct CIM codes for courses, programs, departments or colleges