Each academic department should have one person designated as the primary curricular representative with one or more back-up curricular representatives recommended. It is the responsibility of the primary curricular representative to collect updates to the upcoming schedule of classes and enter allowable updates directly in SIS.
SIS is the official system of record for credit instruction and student records, and thus correct setup of classes is essential to maintain systems connected to enrollment access/controls, tuition, degree progress, veteran benefits, campus budget allocations, and much more. Since building the schedule of classes is decentralized at UW-Madison, curricular reps work with academic leadership in their department(s) and school/college to determine the course offerings for their subject(s) each term. This includes what is taught, when, and by whom. This information is then entered into SIS so students may view it via Course Search & Enroll.
New courses and changes to courses are approved through Lumen and then become available in SIS to be scheduled by curricular reps.
The Curricular Services section of the Registrar’s Office supports departments and schools/colleges as they build and maintain the schedule of classes. Curricular Services establishes the curricular production schedule and communicates the timelines and processing instructions to the primary curricular rep in each department. The team provides expert guidance on using SIS, explains and enforces policies, audits class setups for accuracy and compliance, resolves curricular (and enrollment) problems, assigns hundreds of General Assignment classrooms for classes and events, and helps test and maintain key systems.