Implementation Process

The process of implementing the Essential Studies program at Oregon Tech will involve the collaborative efforts of faculty from all departments and programs and staff in many different divisions across Oregon Tech. Here, we will keep the university community informed of both specific dates and tasks ahead, and more general activities:

Ongoing work throughout 2016-2017 academic year:

  • General Education Advisory Committee (GEAC) approves charter and drafts Essential Studies catalog language to provide formal, technical definition for Essential Studies program, oversees processes and considers feedback received.
  • Transfer Team meets to continue to pilot transfer evaluation processes and identify specific tasks needed to scale up Essential Studies transfer evaluation processes.
  • ESLO committees and Assessment Commission consider refinements to, or clarifications of, ESLO definitions or criteria.
  • Commission on College Teaching supports program enhancing faculty understanding of ESLOs and improved incorporation into courses.
  • Faculty in general education departments continue to submit courses for approval for Essential Studies lists; ESLO committees continue to review and expand course lists.
  • Programs draft and refine curriculum maps that fold in Essential Studies outcomes and requirements.
  • ESSE Council pilots initial ESSEs in multiple formats (including multiple sites: Klamath Falls, Wilsonville, and online).
  • Capstone Council meets to provide more precise definition for Capstone Experience criteria.
  • Academic Excellence Coordinating Council meets regularly to share information between GEAC, Assessment, Commission on College Teaching, Deans, and others. Coordination and communication continues with Advising Commission, Registrar's Office, Admissions, and others.

Specific timeline:

  • Wednesday, September 21, 2016 (Convocation Week): General Education Departments meet during convocation and plan initial set of courses for submission Essential Studies Approval.
  • Tuesday, September 27, 2016 (Fall Term, Week 1): Workshop with ESLO Committee members and interest faculty to support course application process. (2-3 p.m., Owens 206)
  • Friday, October 14, 2016 (Fall Term, Week 3): Faculty submit initial courses for Essential Studies list consideration.
  • Friday, October 28, 2016 (Fall Term, Week 5): ESLO committees have considered initial course submissions and produce list of initially approved and prospective courses for Essential Studies course lists.
  • Friday, November 4, 2016 (Fall Term, Week 6): GEAC has approved preliminary and prospective list of courses for use in program mapping. Program directors (or designees) meet for workshop on program mapping process.
  • Friday, December 2, 2016 (Fall Term, Week 10): Programs submit draft curriculum maps, identifying opportunities, challenges, and needed work.
  • Winter 2017 term: GEAC, ESLO committees, and academic departments consider feedback from curriculum mapping process. ESLO committees continue review of courses to build out course lists for each outcome area.Transfer study conducted to assess impacts on a sample of transfer students. Resource study drafted, identifying staffing and other resource needs identified, both broadly across the Essential Studies program and at the program and department levels (and differentiated across sites and modes of delivery).
  • March 2017: Initial draft of transfer impact study and resource study made available. 
  • April-May 2017: GEAC considers model refinements based on findings of resource study and transfer impact study; GEAC approves initial course lists and recommends catalog language for Essential Studies (including grandfathering process for transfer students) to Provost.