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Procedures and Roles

Procedures

Each course syllabus should include student learning outcomes (SLOs) that describe the knowledge, skills, and abilities students can expect to attain in the course. Course SLOs should be related to the course objectives and program learning outcomes or Core Curriculum learning outcomes for General Education courses.

SLO development begins with the course proposer in consultation with the Department Curriculum Committee. Faculty teaching different offerings of the same course should agree to a common set of SLOs to be delivered. The SLOs should be specific to the particular course, but defined in a way that does not restrict the academic freedom of faculty to explore different implementations of the course. These course SLOs contribute to students achieving the program SLOs and also the Core Curriculum SLOs. The program SLOs are given in the assessment plan for the degree program. The SLOs must be recorded on the course syllabus using the prescribed format. Once the SLOs have been approved at a departmental level, the next step is to obtain approval from the College Curriculum Committee. The final step in the process is the review and approval by the UCCC. The Provost's Office is available for consultation throughout all steps.

The approved SLOs should appear on syllabi of students taking the course. However, faculty may choose to augment the approved SLOs with those particular to their implementation of the course.
Forms/Instructions

When the New or Changed Course Proposal Form is required, the SLOs must be listed on the form in Step 3, section b - Student Learning Outcomes. According to the syllabus policy, SLOs also must appear on the syllabus of the proposed course that is required as part of the UCCC review process.

Process Roles

Role of the Proposing Faculty

  • Develop course SLOs and assessment tools.
  • Publish course SLOs in course syllabi and course proposal form.

Role of Department and College/School Committee

In consultation with proposing faculty, reviews course SLOs in context of relating to the learning outcomes of the curriculum for the degree program or university-­‐wide general education. Forward reviewed/approved syllabus and form(s) to UCCC.

Role of SLO Technical Assistance from the Provost Office

Consult with faculty on SLO development.

Role of the University Courses and Curriculum Committee (UCCC)

Review and approve SLOs as presented on the New or Changed Course Proposal Form. Determine that new or modified course SLOs follow the SLO criteria.

If it is determined that these SLOs do not conform with the guidelines, the UCCC will return the SLOs to the College/School Dean or representative for discussion with faculty.

Role of the University Courses and Curriculum Committee (UCCC)

Review and approve SLOs as presented on the New or Changed Course Proposal Form. Determines that new or modified course SLOs follow the SLO criteria.

If it is determined that these SLOs do not conform with the guidelines, the UCCC will return the SLOs to the College/School Dean or representative for discussion with faculty.

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