Required Information for Essential Studies Approval:
During the current implementation phase of Essential Studies, we are seeking Essential Studies Course Approval applications for courses at the Foundation and Essential Practice levels (Processes for Program-Integrated Practice, ESSE, and Capstone courses may differ, and will be further defined as we move forward.)
In order to ease the transition to Essential Studies, and provide predictability for students, departments, and programs, GEAC is soliciting Foundation and Essential Practice course approval applications only from courses that fulfill requirements in the prior general education framework. In a few limited cases, to build out course lists, ESLO committees may reach out to invite particular faculty and departments to submit applications.
To submit a course, provide the following information:
- A CPC New Course Request or Course Change form, if needed. (Note: An existing course with no changes to course title, description, credits or prerequisites does not require submission to CPC; rather submit items 2-4 directly to GEAC, by emailing them to Nellie Stewart. If CPC changes are required, attached the documents below to your CPC submission.)
- A Essential Studies Course Approval Form (see link at right) with chair and dean signatures
- A detailed course syllabus that includes (a) course outcomes, (b) identification of appropriate ESLO pathway(s). (Note: Make sure that the activities of the course integrate the outcomes as listed in the syllabus.)
- An assignment requiring student work appropriate for proficiency assessment in the identified ESLO.
Following submission for Essential Studies approval, a course undergoes a review process involving GEAC and the associated ESLO committee.
Notification of Approval or Request for Revision
Following review by GEAC, faculty will receive notification of approval or request for revision for courses they have submitted. In an effort to make the process timely,if a submission doesn't align with the criteria, the ESLO committee will reach out to the submitter and discuss what modifications might be needed to the documentation or the course to align with outcomes.
Deadlines for Course Submission
The General Education Advisory Council (GEAC) will review courses for Essential Studies approval each term. We commit that courses submitted by the end of week 2 of any academic term (Fall, Winter, Spring) will receive full review during that academic term.
NOTE: To facilitate initial program mapping in Fall 2016, we are asking faculty to submit courses by the end of week 3.