- Breadth of Knowledge
- Advanced Communication
- Quantitative Reasoning
- Global Diversity
- United States Diversity
- Past ES Courses
- Past General Ed Courses
Policies and Guidelines
Guidelines for Essential Studies Transfer (GUEST)
The GUEST document describes how courses taken at other institutions align with UND’s Essential Studies program requirements for both Breadth of Knowledge requirements and Special Emphasis requirements. It is intended to help with course transfer into the ES program.
Selection of Goals and Special Emphases for ES Course Development
“The Essential Studies Committee reaffirms that the existing ES policy for non-capstone courses preclude more than one goal and one special emphasis and that the special emphasis must match the goal.” (ES Committee Minutes, April 29, 2011, item 7).
Implications for developing ES courses: the policy refers to certain limitations for choosing goals and/or special emphases. The purpose of these limitations is to highlight the selected learning outcome (goal or special emphasis) as the course’s singular contribution to Essential Studies so that it becomes a substantive feature of the course—for both students and instructors.
- Select only one ES goal for validation (exception: ES-approved Capstones, which select two ES goals for validation). Rationale: even though an ES course may address more than one ES goal, by selecting just one goal for validation, the students can concentrate their learning on that goal, and the instructors may limit their assessment work to that particular learning goal.
- Select only one Special Emphasis, if the course is proposed for validation for any of the SEs. Rationale: to maintain a sharp, in depth focus, both in learning and in teaching, on the particular Special Emphasis.
- ES Capstones may be validated for the Special Emphasis in Advanced Communication (A); they are not to be validated for any other Special Emphasis. Rationale: student work in the Special Emphasis courses should be engaged in prior to the culminating learning experiences. Exception: advanced writing is a learning outcome that is frequently best addressed in culminating learning experiences like the ES Capstone.
Implications for aligning the ES Goal and the Special Emphasis: in courses that propose validation for both, the goal and the Special Emphasis should be matched as follows:
- Goal—Communication: may select Special Emphasis in Advanced Communication (A) or Oral Communication (O)
- Goal—Diversity: may select Special Emphasis in Global Diversity (G) or U.S. Diversity (U)
- Goal—Thinking & Reasoning: may select Special Emphasis in Quantitative Reasoning (Q)
Students Transferring to UND to Pursue a Second Baccalaureate Degree
With a growing number of students coming to UND to earn a second bachelors degree, several units asked about how we might help these students advance as quickly as possible through their degree work.
The policy was developed by an ad hoc group that included representatives of the ES Committee, the Registrar's Office, the ES Office, and three units that have a number of students who the policy would affect--Nursing, Medical Lab Science, and Engineering.
For students who have previously earned a baccalaureate degree and are now enrolled at UND to earn a second baccalaureate, UND will complete the regular course-by-course evaluation. If the student has completed a baccalaureate degree at a regionally accredited institution, UND will consider the requirements for Breadth of Knowledge categories as completed.
The remaining Essential Studies requirements that will need to be completed at UND: the ES Capstone requirement and the four Special Emphasis requirements (Advanced Communication, Global Diversity, Quantitative Reasoning, and U.S. Diversity). If, however, during the course-by-course evaluation of the student's transcript/s, a course is deemed to complete one of the Special Emphases, that particular requirement would be completed.'
Thus, the student is expected to successfully meet the remaining Special Emphases at UND. And like all other UND undergraduate students, the student is also expected to successfully meet the ES Capstone requirement at the University.
- The intent of the policy is to honor the philosophy and learning outcomes of Essential Studies.
- The policy applies to all students who have completed a regionally accredited US baccalaureate degree. It does not apply to a) students who have completed a baccalaureate degree at an unaccredited institution, and it does not apply to b) students who have not completed all their degree requirements and earned the baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution.
- A particular major or college at UND may have additional or specific requirements in addition to the Essential Studies requirements.
- After the course-by-course review, the results will be shown in the student's Academic Advisement record in Campus Connection.
Policy approved by the Essential Studies Committee, April 2, 2012
Granting Credit to Students Under General Education Requirements During the Transition to Essential Studies
This policy applies to students who started at UND as a freshman before fall 2008 or as a transfer student before fall 2009
This policy was developed by the Essential Studies Committee to help General Education Requirement students during the transition to Essential Studies. (Effective fall 2012)
- Students under the GER's follow the catalog list of General Education courses that was in place when they started at UND.
- This is the basic principle that guides all decisions concerning whether or not a particular course should count toward meeting the GERs student's requirements in GE.
- The entry catalog is the one that was in place in the semester of the student's first enrollment at UND (not during application or admission).
- Students who entered UND in academic year 2007-08 follow the 2007 list of GER courses.
- The catalog rule (#1 above) applies to all GERs students both in the past and in the future.
- If a GERs student is asking for credit for coursework done in the past, the advisors and Registrar's Office will use the catalog list to decide if that course counts or not.
- If a GERs student is looking to take a course in the future, the GERs list in the student's entry catalog is the source of information to use.
- GERs students do not use the list of ES approved courses except in the case of #5 (following).
- In cases where no GERs courses from the entry-year catalog are taught any longer to fulfill a specific GER, the following options apply:
- If no GERs courses are available to meet the World Cultures requirement, then the student may choose to take an Essential Studies course that is validated for either Global Diversity ("G") or U.S. Diversity ("U"). Students cannot fulfill the World Cultures requirement by taking a CLEP or Foreign Language Placement and credit test.
- If no GERs courses on the list are available for the third course in Communication (a requirement in the GERs program), they may choose to take an ES program course that is designated with either an "A" (Advanced Communication) or an "O' (Oral Communication).
- In either of these cases (5a and 5b), credit toward the GER follows the ES rule that the course counts in the semester in which it is taken.
- For example, if a GERs student elects to take an ES "O" course to meet the third communication course requirement, that Oral Communication course must be on the approved list in the semester that the student takes it.
- This policy means that GERs are the" default" requirements—no need for students to do anything other than follow their entry catalog. However, students under the GERs may elect, by individual request, to use the ES requirements instead of the GERs for all their outstanding requirements. If a GERs student does elect to use the new ES program, that choice must be made in writing and kept on file with the student's college or program advisor, and it must be sent to the Registrar's Office to be coded in the student's record for the degree audit. The courses already taken under GERs will transfer into the ES requirements according to the following:
- GERs World Cultures courses can be counted either toward fulfillment of the ES Global ("G") or U.S. ("U") Diversity requirement.
- GERs Communication courses can be counted either toward fulfillment of the ES Advanced ("A") or Oral ("O") Communication requirement.
- This choice must be clearly indicated in writing at the time that the student is transferring from GER to ES requirements.
- All ES rules apply from the time the switch is made.
The Essential Studies Committee strongly urges students and advisors to choose GERs courses which are also currently approved as ES courses, under similar categories.
The Registrar's Office provides several services for students and advisors to use to quickly find out if alternative or substitute courses might count toward their GERs requirements. One is the electronic degree audit; another is consultation with a Registrar's staff member. In the case of transfer courses—the source of many of the GERs questions—a dedicated staff member is ready and available to visit with students or answer questions from advisors.