Submitting a course to the program
Course Proposal Forms
University Studies courses should address the following pedagogical concerns:
- Provide skills and content important for MSU students outside a specific discipline.
- Facilitate the development of at least one, and preferably more than one, of the Characteristics of the MSU Graduate as related to a particular thematic category.
- Include specific instructional strategies or course activities that engage students in the learning process, and promote students’ content knowledge and skills development.
University Studies Program: Moratorium on new course review
The University Studies Committee has decided that for this academic year (2011 – 2012) there will be a moratorium on the review of new courses for the University Studies program. Given that the new undergraduate University Bulletin just came out (2011 – 2013), courses submitted next fall will have plenty of time to get through the review process.
As you all know, the university is in the midst of preparing for the SACS report, and part of that effort entails the University Studies committee creating and implementing an assessment plan ASAP. Once that plan is in place, courses accepted into the University Studies program will have to incorporate, in some way, an assessment plan that is consistent with the Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) identified as relevant to the University Studies program. Thus, it seemed impractical to accept new courses into the program before we had those SLOs (and an overall assessment plan) in place.
And just so you know, beginning next fall (2012) we hope to begin our review of the
courses currently in the University Studies program. Those courses (as well as the
new ones) will have to include an assessment plan, one that takes into consideration
the plan outlined by the University Studies Committee. For what it’s worth, we plan
to implement this review on a five-year cycle so we are reviewing roughly 25 courses
a year rather than
the 125 we reviewed a few years back. A final plan will come out of our efforts to determine a broad-based, comprehensive assessment plan for the program.
I want to thank you for your patience with all of this as the University Studies program
moves forward on a variety of fronts. Please do not hesitate to let me know if I have
overlooked something or if I can assist you with
matters related to University Studies.