Every four years, each course within the Essential Studies (ES) program must be revalidated in order to ensure it remains appropriate as an ES course.
Review Breadth of Knowledge Category Does the course continue to fit the criteria for the Breadth of Knowledge category that the department selected?
Review the ES Goal Does the course help students intentionally study and learn the goal for which the course was validated?
Gather Assessment Evidence Collect and summarize both direct and indirect evidence of student learning that demonstrates how well students are achieving (or not) the ES goal selected.
Analyze and Interpret Assessment Results Describe what the assessment results mean to the department — how well do you think your students are learning the ES goal selected?
Review Course for the Special Emphasis Selected If the course has been validation to meet an ES Special Emphasis (SE), follow the same procedure as in #2-4 above, but focus specifically on the kind of learning that is related to the selected SE. Explanations, similar to above, but aimed specifically at student learning in the SE outcome. The criteria for each SE course are more intensive and more focused on the particular learning outcome for which the course is validated.
One Year Before Revalidation
Home department initiates revalidation process
Reminders from ES Office
ESC liaison assigned to each revalidation/home department helps with procedures
Department does assessment work and loop closing activity
Revalidation Workshop in early September
Department writes revalidation summary
Revalidation submissions due October 1
Provisional revalidation and deletion submissions due December 1
ESC conducts reviews during fall term
ESC notifies department within 1-2 weeks of action
Resubmissions if needed will take place in January
ESC sends RV actions forward for OLC between February 1–15
OLC posted March 1
Year After Revalidation
Approved courses “count” for all relevant ES requirements starting in the fall term
Deleted and not approved courses will no longer count starting summer term