- Curriculum Proposal System
- Academic Programs
In addition to having the appropriate Baccalaureate Core Student Learning Outcomes (BC-SLOs) on the course syllabus, the committee needs to know whether there are existing assessments that align with the BC-SLOs and if not, what is planned. Each BC-SLO needs to have at least one direct assessment clearly aligned to it. You will be asked to describe those assessments and summarize findings related to the question "How are students in this course doing with respect to achieving each relevant Baccalaureate Core Category Learning Outcome?"
The BCC is NOT asking for an upload of data but is seeking quality, detailed information about student learning relative to the BC-SLOs. There are two primary reasons for this: (1) to determine the level of alignment of BC-SLOs in a course; and (2) to identify potential trends in student strengths and weaknesses relative to the BC-SLos across the Bacc Core. The expectation is that Units will archive their own data and maintain their own supporting processes suited to local culture.
We invite honesty in the evaluation of where a course stands. This lets the BCC know the status of each course, and, more importantly, it provides a roadmap of next steps in refining that course or even making changes to the larger Bacc Core program (beyond individual courses).
Please visit the Baccalaureate Core assessment website for step-by-step instructions. An example of the types of answers we may see at this point in time is provided.
COURSES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN OFFERED: If a course undergoing Bacc Core Category Review has not been offered, the course still needs to submit a form and indicate whether it should continue to be part of this category. If the response is “no” then the remainder of the form can be skipped. If the response is “yes” then you should complete the remainder of the form. Courses that have not been offered (or have deficient webforms) will be expected to follow-up in one year.
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Step 1.a. Download the Baccalaureate Core Category Course Review Form Template
Step 1.b. Multiple Section Courses
Information for all of the courses in a category will be assembled by the Office of Academic Programs, Assessment and Accreditation and forwarded to the Baccalaureate Core Committee for their review. It is the Baccalaureate Core Committee that makes all of the decisions related to whether individual courses should remain in the core and makes recommendations about any changes that need to be made to a course to remain in the Baccalaureate Core.
Academic units will be notified by the Baccalaureate Core Committee of any decisions/recommendations made by the Baccalaureate Core Committee. Appropriate departments/colleges will also be notified of decisions made by the Baccalaureate Core Committee.
Feedback and course level information is:
This is NOT intended to be a punitive process or an evaluation of teaching, but one of excellence and improvement of student learning through feedback and support.
The purpose of assessment and category review is to promote intentionality and consistency in the general education curriculum, together with institutional awareness of the student experience in the Baccalaureate Core.
Instructors, departments or colleges have the opportunity to improve their courses and contributions to the Baccalaureate Core. For the process to have true value, reflections and reports need to be detailed and honest. We simply ask that you describe what works, what needs to be improved (if applicable), how it will be improved and then follow-up on any changes implemented to better achieve the goals of the Baccalaureate Core.
The goals of Baccalaureate Core course reviews are to: