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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