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Faculty ('Course Liaison') introduction:
This website is intended to help organize and streamline "course recertification", our attempt to better understand the courses in the Gen Ed and systematically implement assessment of student learning. We really hope that this website will simplify the process for faculty and the Committee.

Just to reassure: this whole process is not intended to manufacture reasons to eliminate courses from the Gen Ed, or make anyone's life difficult! This is about collective faculty governance of a key element in every student's undergraduate education. This website is part of our effort to make the Committee's management of the Gen Ed as transparent and minimal-burden to faculty as possible, and to enable us to make informed decisions about the Gen Ed and how to best support faculty. Please meet with your Gen Ed representatives or the Chair if you have any questions about this.

If you're reading this, you're likely a "Course Liaison""Course Liaisons" are the 'point person' for a particular course in the Gen Ed Program, from the offering department. They are the main contact person and assessment coordinator for that course, and work with their Gen Ed Reviewer to understand the course's contributions to Gen Ed and how we can improve them. - faculty responsible for a particular Gen Ed course offered by your department. You'll use this website to tell us about that course, in the form of a "Course Template"A "Course Template" is what we're calling the basic definition of a course, as a Gen Ed course. It's not a syllabus of a specific offering of a course, and it's not the Course Outline that defines the course as a University course; it's in between. The Course Template has some elements of the Course Outline, but is much simplified in that it only outlines the critical components relevant to its use as a Gen Ed course.. There are two key elements to the Course Template:

  1. Your Course's Learning Objectives"Course Learning Objectives" is the name we use for each individual course's learning goals or objectives. These are the learning outcomes that your department has identified as the essence of your course (and that likely appear in your syllabus.) The Committee would like to see how they align with our Category Criteria to ensure that pursuit of the course's Objectives naturally conforms to the Gen Ed Category of the course., to help us understand the course and how it fits in its Category (by aligning with Category Criteria"Category Criteria" are the key elements of content, skills or habits that characterize a specific Gen Ed Category, and that serve as a common core within the potentially diverse set of offerings in a Category. The Committee has formulated these key elements from our Category Descriptions.), and
  2. How your course contributes to the Program through its focus and support of the Gen Ed Learning GoalsThe Program has 5 Learning Goals; an amalgamation of the previous 11 (most familiarly known as the "11 questions" from the former Gen Ed application form.) The Gen Ed as a whole is aimed at broadening students' education across the liberal arts and developing key skills - those defined by the Goals. To help the Committee understand the effect of the Gen Ed as a whole, we need to collect data across Gen Ed courses about student performance towards the Goals. That's what each course's assessment plan will address., including a plan to assess students directly.

Every course will have a Primary Reviewer as your main contact with the Committee. This reviewer will work with you to complete the Template, and when they are satisfied they will present the course to the Committee (or, a Subcommittee) for review and endorsement, and once endorsed the course will be recertified as a Gen Ed course.

You can get started right away! Just find your course listed in one of the tabs below, and start editing/adding information. You can consult several screencasts to help you navigate the site at the Help page, and one several pages around the site itself (including this one - look top-right.)

To help keep track of the progress of your course, we've defined 8 "Stages" of recertification:

  1. The course is 'empty' - no information except the basics (from SIS/Banner)
  2. The course has a 'Course Liaison' associated with it, as the primary representative of the course/department.
  3. The Course Liaison has inputted needed information about the course and how it fulfills Gen Ed requirements (the equivalent of the old '11 questions', but different and more focused.)
  4. The course as a Primary Reviewer assigned, and is being reviewed by them.
  5. Courses in this Stage need revisions based on Primary Reviewer feedback
  6. The course has passed Primary Review, and is ready for the full Committee to consider it as recertified
  7. Courses in this Stage need revisions based on Committee feedback
  8. The course is recertified. (A letter/email will be sent to the Chair, outlining future expectations for the course as recertified.)
Committee members (and 'Primary Reviewers') introduction:
Our last website was designed simply to allow multiple people to edit our category descriptions, keeping track of changes as they happened. This one is slightly different; while it will let multiple people add data, it also acts as a database so we can monitor course reviews, their progress, and generate reports on the way our collection of courses are focusing on Gen Ed Learning GoalsThe Program has 5 Learning Goals; an amalgamation of the previous 11 (most familiarly known as the "11 questions" from the former Gen Ed application form.) The Gen Ed as a whole is aimed at broadening students' education across the liberal arts and developing key skills - those defined by the Goals. To help the Committee understand the effect of the Gen Ed as a whole, we need to collect data across Gen Ed courses about student performance towards the Goals. That's what each course's assessment plan will address..

"Course Liaisons""Course Liaisons" are the 'point person' for a particular course in the Gen Ed Program, from the offering department. They are the main contact person and assessment coordinator for that course, and work with their Gen Ed Reviewer to understand the course's contributions to Gen Ed and how we can improve them. will use this website to tell us about their courses: to input their Course TemplateA "Course Template" is what we're calling the basic definition of a course, as a Gen Ed course. It's not a syllabus of a specific offering of a course, and it's not the Course Outline that defines the course as a University course; it's in between. The Course Template has some elements of the Course Outline, but is much simplified in that it only outlines the critical components relevant to its use as a Gen Ed course.. There are two key elements to the Course Template:

  1. They will share their Course's Learning Objectives"Course Learning Objectives" is the name we use for each individual course's learning goals or objectives. These are the learning outcomes that your department has identified as the essence of your course (and that likely appear in your syllabus.) The Committee would like to see how they align with our Category Criteria to ensure that pursuit of the course's Objectives naturally conforms to the Gen Ed Category of the course., to help us understand the course and how it fits in its Category (by aligning with Category Criteria"Category Criteria" are the key elements of content, skills or habits that characterize a specific Gen Ed Category, and that serve as a common core within the potentially diverse set of offerings in a Category. The Committee has formulated these key elements from our Category Descriptions.), and
  2. tell us how their course contributes to the Program through its focus and support of the Gen Ed Learning GoalsThe Program has 5 Learning Goals; an amalgamation of the previous 11 (most familiarly known as the "11 questions" from the former Gen Ed application form.) The Gen Ed as a whole is aimed at broadening students' education across the liberal arts and developing key skills - those defined by the Goals. To help the Committee understand the effect of the Gen Ed as a whole, we need to collect data across Gen Ed courses about student performance towards the Goals. That's what each course's assessment plan will address., and develop a plan to assess students directly.

Every course seeking recertification will have a Primary Reviewer as the Course Liaison's main contact with the Committee. This reviewer will do the preliminary work of making sure the Liaison has completed the Course Template, and addressed Goal and Criteria alignments to their satisfaction. When the Reviewer is ready, they will present the course to the Committee (or, a Subcommittee) for review and endorsement, and once endorsed the course will be recertified as a Gen Ed course.

Part of recertification is a commitment from the offering department to ensure a) that each offering of the course appropriately reflects the details specified in the Course Template, b) that the common assessment point for the course will be implemented in each offered section, with data reported back to the Gen Ed Committee as agreed in the Template, c) that all faculty teaching the course will include specific information on their syllabi, and d) that all faculty teaching the course will be given the details of the Course Template to help them understand the "Gen Ed-ness" of their course, from the course's "Guidance for Faculty" page.

We've attempted to design this website to be as user-friendly as possible, but we know that it's always possible to improve its ease of use. There are video walkthroughs of key actions, in relevant locations throughout the website (including on this page! Look up & to the right for the film-projector icon!) If you have any difficulty navigating or using the site, please don't hesitate to email Kirk McDermid with questions.


If you're looking for a good example of a course, 'expand' this to see courses already recertified by the committee:

A

  • CHEM 190 (Freshman Seminar in Chemistry)
  • HPEM 199 (Freshman Seminar in Health and Physical Education)
  • POLS 199 (Freshman Seminar in Political Science and Law)

D

  • DNCE 110 (Introduction to Modern Dance (Non-Major))
  • DNCE 100 (Introduction to Ballet (Non-Major))
  • ENFL 208 (Introduction to the Film)
  • THTR 100 (Introduction to the Theatrical Medium)
  • DNCE 105 (Dance Appreciation)

F1

  • ENGL 206 (World Literature: The Coming of Age Theme)

F2

G

  • INFO 173 (Spreadsheet Modeling for Business Decisions)

H

  • INFO 240 (Statistical Methods in Business)

I

J

K1

  • HIST 103 (Foundations of Western Civilization)
  • HIST 105 (Emergence of European Civilization, 1500-1914)

K2

K3


You're the Course Liaison for:

Course Gen Ed Category Review Status

You're Reviewing:

Course Gen Ed Category Review Status

You've helped Recertify:

Course Gen Ed Category Review Status
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A New Student Seminar
C1 Writing
C2 Literature
C3 Communication
D Fine and Performing Arts
F1 Great Works and their Influences
F2 Philosophical and Religious Perspectives
G Computer Science
H Mathematics
I Natural Science Laboratory
J Physical Education
K1 American and European History
K2 Global Cultural Perspectives
K3 Social Science Perspectives
L Interdisciplinary Studies

Academic Success and Retention Programs

Anthropology

Art and Design

Biology and Molecular Biology

Center for Advising and Student Transitions

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Child Advocacy

Classics and General Humanities

Communication and Media

Computer Science

Earth and Environmental Studies

Economics, Finance and Real Estate

Educational Foundations

English

Exercise Science and Physical Education

Family and Child Studies

Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship

Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

History

Honors

Information Management and Business Analytics

Justice Studies

Latin American and Latino Studies

Linguistics

Management

Marketing

Mathematical Sciences

Modern Languages and Literatures

Music

Nutrition and Food Science

Philosophy

Political Science and Law

Psychology

Public Health

Religion

Secondary and Special Education

Sociology

Spanish and Italian

Theatre and Dance


Regular "maintenance" jobs... can be found at these two pages:

  • Things to do Every few days...‎ (caution, this page takes a while to load as it's got a LOT of database queries; be patient.)
  • And after Committee meetings, After-meeting stuff‎ (this one should load quicker.)

There are 88 courses currently "active" (in Stages 2 to 7):

  Name Liaison Reviewer Last edited by Whose turn to edit? Stage last edited
FCST 201 Social Gerontology: The Study of Aging Shannon Bellum Shannon Bellum Liaison 2 29 September 2016 19:39:49
ANTH 115 Cultures of the Middle East Laetitia Cairoli Laetitia Cairoli Liaison 2 29 September 2016 10:32:59
ENGL 230 Images of Muslim Women in Twentieth Century Literature and Culture Fawzia Afzal-Khan Fawzia Afzal-Khan Liaison 2 28 September 2016 18:18:13
HONP 201 Honors Seminar in the Creative Process Nancy Goldring Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 27 September 2016 17:40:20
ENGL 263 Art of Drama Naomi Liebler Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 27 September 2016 01:05:06
POLS 206 Government and Politics of China and Japan Elizabeth Wishnick Elizabeth Wishnick Liaison 2 26 September 2016 20:49:37
GNHU 282 Roman Civilization Timothy Renner Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 26 September 2016 17:04:33
PHIL 102 Ethics Aristotle Stagirite Kirk McDermid Kirk McDermid 7 23 September 2016 00:16:49
CMST 101 Fundamentals of Speech M Naumoff Kathleen Kelley Kirk McDermid Admins 6 22 September 2016 04:02:15
JAST 201 Introduction to Jewish American Studies Talya Schwarzer Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 21 September 2016 15:34:41
HLTH 102 Introduction to Public Health Amanda Birnbaum Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 19 September 2016 18:29:53
HEIN 201 Israeli-Hebrew Culture Talya Schwarzer Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 19 September 2016 18:10:14
HIST 108 Introduction to African Civilization Esperanza Brizuela-Garcia Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 19 September 2016 15:51:02
HIST 117 History of the United States to 1876 Elspeth Martini Desi Desiderioscioli Kirk McDermid 7 19 September 2016 15:42:51
RUIN 293 Russian Culture and Civilization Jeff Gatrall Desi Desiderioscioli Kirk McDermid 5 19 September 2016 15:35:30
HONP 210 Honors Seminar in Science Johannes Schelvis Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 16 September 2016 00:11:51
HONP 104 Fractals and Infinity Eliza Leszczynski Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 16 September 2016 00:09:31
HONP 102 Honors Seminar in 20th Century Civilization Tricia Bogle Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 16 September 2016 00:08:07
HONP 101 Honors Seminar in Great Books and Ideas Part II Mary English Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 16 September 2016 00:05:59
HONP 100 Honors Seminar in Great Books and Ideas Part I Mary English Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 16 September 2016 00:05:51
SOCI 106 Individual and Society Jay Livingston Jay Livingston Liaison 2 15 September 2016 17:43:08
ANTH 103 Introduction to Archaeology Peter Siegel M Naumoff M Naumoff 5 14 September 2016 16:16:56
HIST 132 Introduction to Chinese Civilization Ken Olenik M Naumoff M Naumoff 5 14 September 2016 15:52:16
ANTH 160 The Anthropology of Race Christopher Matthews Eric Diamond Kirk McDermid Reviewer 4 13 September 2016 11:17:24
SOCI 102 Racial and Ethnic Relations Vikash Singh Julie Landweber Vikash Singh Reviewer 5 11 September 2016 17:17:05
ENGL 207 World Literature: Voices of Tradition and Challenge Johnny Lorenz Eric Diamond Kirk McDermid Reviewer 4 9 September 2016 03:54:53
GNHU 281 Greek Civilization Senta German Kirk McDermid Admins 3 9 September 2016 03:53:30
GNHU 217 Reading Asian Cultures Aditya Adarkar Kirk McDermid Admins 3 9 September 2016 03:53:14
ENTR 201 The Entrepreneurial Mindset and Innovation Sharon Waters Marilyn Tayler Kirk McDermid Reviewer 4 9 September 2016 03:51:22
NUFD 182 Nutrition Meena Mahadevan Kirk McDermid Kirk McDermid Liaison 5 9 September 2016 00:34:28
ANTH 180 Health and Healing in Cross Cultural Perspective Elaine Gerber Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 8 September 2016 22:38:29
ANTH 190 Historical Archaeology Christopher Matthews Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 8 September 2016 21:01:36
ANTH 155 Urban Anthropology Julian Brash Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 8 September 2016 20:59:02
ANTH 150 Cultures of Latin America Frances Rothstein Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 8 September 2016 20:57:49
ANTH 135 Anthropology of Conflict and Violence Katherine McCaffrey Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 8 September 2016 20:55:53
ANTH 130 Cultures of South Asia Neeraj Vedwan Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 8 September 2016 20:54:30
ANTH 120 Native North Americans Peter Siegel Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 8 September 2016 20:52:56
ANTH 110 Anthropology of Multicultural America Elsa Davidson Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 8 September 2016 20:52:05
ANTH 105 Introduction to Disability Studies, Rights, and Culture Elaine Gerber Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 8 September 2016 20:51:04
ANTH 101 Physical Anthropology Julie Farnum Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 8 September 2016 20:49:27
ANTH 100 Cultural Anthropology Ken Brook Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 8 September 2016 20:48:16
SOCI 104 Sociology of the Family Yasemin Besen-Cassino Kathleen Kelley Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 8 September 2016 11:46:41
ITAL 262 Italian Americans in Film Teresa Fiore Mike Kruge Kirk McDermid 7 8 September 2016 11:43:59
CHAD 210 Child Abuse and Neglect Brad Forenza Thomas Herold Kirk McDermid Liaison 7 7 September 2016 18:01:23
GNHU 285 Mythology Glen Gill Glen Gill Admins 3 6 September 2016 19:55:20
CHAD 220 Social Welfare Policy and Services Brad Forenza Kirk McDermid Kirk McDermid 5 1 September 2016 15:15:16
GNHU 202 General Humanities II (from 1400) Alison Beringer Alison Beringer Admins 3 29 August 2016 15:28:32
ENWR 105 College Writing I: Intellectual Prose Jennifer Holly-Wells Eric Diamond Kirk McDermid Reviewer 4 23 August 2016 18:37:12
RUIN 294 Russian Prose and Drama Jeff Gatrall Ben Hadis Ben Hadis Reviewer 4 23 August 2016 18:09:16
GNED 199 New Student Seminar Amanda Carcione Stas Mamonov Amanda Carcione Reviewer 5 17 August 2016 20:50:49
GNHU 115 Troy and the Trojan War Patricia Salzman Kirk McDermid Admins 3 12 August 2016 00:40:30
GNHU 201 General Humanities I (to 1400) Jean Alvares Kirk McDermid Admins 3 12 August 2016 00:40:03
JUST 103 Introduction to International Justice Gabe Rubin Arup Mukherjee Kirk McDermid Reviewer 4 11 August 2016 21:15:24
GNED 100 Adult Academic Success Seminar Kellen Smith-Washington Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 4 August 2016 20:38:06
ANTH 140 Non-Western Contributions to the Western World Dick Franke Ram Misra Kirk McDermid Reviewer 4 4 August 2016 14:14:09
BIOL 277 Julian Keenan's Interdiscipinary course Julian Keenan Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 29 July 2016 18:10:32
NUFD 284 Global Perspectives in Food and Nutrition Meena Mahadevan Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 29 July 2016 12:39:22
HIST 106 Contemporary Europe, 1914 to the Present Benjamin Lapp Stas Mamonov Benjamin Lapp 5 26 July 2016 18:31:40
HLTH 290 Human Sexuality Eva Goldfarb Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 18 July 2016 17:29:43
ANTH 125 Anthropology of Globalization Glenn Alcalay Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 18 July 2016 15:11:58
CHEN 210 Contemporary Chinese Cinema and Society Wing Shan Ho Pearl Stewart Kirk McDermid Reviewer 4 8 July 2016 10:42:08
ECON 102 Applied Microeconomics Chandana Chakraborty Chandana Chakraborty Liaison 2 2 July 2016 22:28:12
NUFD 150 Food Composition and Scientific Preparation Adrian Kerrihard Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 27 June 2016 19:43:16
ECON 101 Applied Macroeconomics Chandana Chakraborty Chandana Chakraborty Liaison 2 25 June 2016 12:32:00
ECON 100 Introduction to Economics Chandana Chakraborty Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 23 June 2016 17:49:51
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology Saundra Collins Saundra Collins Liaison 2 21 June 2016 14:16:39
RELG 100 Religions of the World Dorothy Rogers Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 14 June 2016 17:48:39
ENWR 106 College Writing II: Writing and Literary Study Jennifer Holly-Wells Arup Mukherjee Kirk McDermid Reviewer 4 14 June 2016 17:45:28
MATH 122 Calculus I Arup Mukherjee Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 10 June 2016 19:06:18
LITM 208 Leisure and Tourism in Society Alex Sperling Alex Sperling Liaison 2 4 June 2016 18:48:02
HIST 118 History of the United States Since 1876 Leslie Wilson Marilyn Tayler Kirk McDermid 7 18 May 2016 19:10:22
LNGN 131 The Human Voice Jonathan Howell Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 10 May 2016 19:31:48
ARAB 193 Introduction to Arab Culture Mazooz Sehwail Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 26 April 2016 17:26:32
ARAB 185 The Arab World and Religion Mazooz Sehwail Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 26 April 2016 17:26:09
ATTR 199 Orientation to Athletic Training Fred Gardin Pearl Stewart Kirk McDermid 7 13 April 2016 20:11:59
HIST 110 Introduction to American Civilization Nancy Carnevale Nina Goodey Nina Goodey 5 13 April 2016 19:13:55
FREN 283 Introduction to Women Authors of French-Speaking Africa Rabia Redouane Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 1 April 2016 20:52:49
EAES 260 Energy, Environment and Society Mike Kruge Julie Kielb Liaison 2 28 March 2016 17:49:02
SOCI 100 The Sociological Perspective Janet Ruane Ram Misra Janet Ruane Reviewer 4 25 March 2016 13:19:04
JUST 101 Criminology Lisa Zilney Kirk McDermid Liaison 2 24 March 2016 12:29:16
HIST 112 Introduction to the Modern Middle East Negin Nabavi Negin Nabavi Liaison 2 22 March 2016 17:53:39
PHIL 106 Logic Kirk McDermid Nina Goodey Kirk McDermid Liaison 7 17 March 2016 19:05:34
THTR 265 The Contemporary Theatre of Cultural Diversity Eric Diamond Julie Kielb Liaison 2 15 March 2016 00:15:30
THTR 105 Acting I Eric Diamond Michele Campagna Julie Kielb Liaison 2 15 March 2016 00:12:54
SOCI 113 Social Problems Sangeeta Parashar Julie Kielb Liaison 2 15 March 2016 00:04:22
HIST 138 Introduction to Modern South Asia Ezra Rashkow Julie Kielb Liaison 2 7 March 2016 03:35:17
HIST 116 Modern Latin America Richard Conway Julie Kielb Liaison 2 7 March 2016 03:25:30
HIST 114 Early Latin America Richard Conway Julie Kielb Liaison 2 7 March 2016 03:22:46