- Course Validation
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- Course Development
- Assessment Concepts
- Assessment Rubrics
- Student Petitions
- History of ES
Validation is UND's procedure for first-time approval of an Essential Studies course.
Proposals to add a course to the ES program are initiated by individual faculty members at the department level. Consultation on ES course development is available through the ES Office. When it’s finalized at the department, the formal request for validation is brought to the ES Committee for review and approval. If approved, the course becomes part of Essential Studies at the start of the next academic year.
The deadline for submission of requests for the validation of ES courses is December 1 each year. The ES Committee's review period for such requests will be December-January. If approved by the ES Committee, the validated course will appear in the Online Catalog, which is posted in March of the same academic year, in time for advisement for the spring registration period.
1. To be part of the ES program, a course will:
- Aim for and assess student learning in one of the four ES goals: Communication, Diversity, Information Literacy, or Thinking & Reasoning
- Fit within one of the Breadth of Knowledge categories
2. An ES course may also be validated to meet one of the Special Emphasis requirements. This requires a more in-depth focus on the particular kind of learning that is targeted when a course is approved for a Special Emphasis.
UND’s Special Emphasis learning outcomes through Essential Studies are:
- Advanced Communication (A)
- Global Diversity (G)
- Oral Communication (O)
- Quantitative Reasoning (Q)
- United States Diversity (U)
3. To be approved as an ES Capstone course (C), which is a specially designed and designated culminating learning experience taken at the end of the undergraduate program of study.
To be part of the ES program, you can nominate a course using the appropriate ES Course Validation Form below. Your choice of form is dictated by the Breadth of Knowledge area in which the course will appear. Please read the definitions in the ES Breadth of Knowledge Area Criteria document in order to choose the appropriate form for your course.
- ES Breadth of Knowledge Area Criteria
- ES Course Validation Forms
4. ES Course Validations
Please submit one copy of the validation form with original signatures and attachments to: Essential Studies, Stop 7310 (Questions about procedure? Contact Carla Spokely, 777-4434 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
*The deadline for submission of requests for the validation of ES courses is December 1 each year.