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Many departments, when beginning curriculum revisions or preparing distance education proposals, have asked the undergraduate curriculum committee (UWUCC) where to locate or find syllabi of record for departmental courses. As departments were asked to incorporate NCATE matrixes into their syllabi, they also needed to begin with a syllabus of record, which if available were out of date.
Ideally these syllabi should be in the department office; many courses at IUP, however, predate the idea of a syllabus of record. Additionally there may have been course drift and a revision might be in order, but has not been completed.
If a course was proposed or revised in the past twenty years, the syllabus of record that went through the curriculum review process might be in the university archives. These records, however, are not complete. In order to establish a more complete record of all approved university course syllabi, to make them available electronically, and to shorten the course revision process, the UWUCC is proposing a Syllabus Amnesty for existing courses.
During the period of the amnesty (at least one year) there will be an expedited review process of course revision proposals. We are just requesting a curriculum proposal cover sheet and the following items listed below. This will then become the accepted or approved course syllabus of record and will be maintained in a university electronic database.
Departments wishing to voluntarily participate in the Syllabus Amnesty should submit the requested items for major’s courses through the regular curriculum review process (Department Curriculum Committee and chair, College Curriculum Committee and dean, University-Wide Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, and University Senate).
Liberal Studies courses should not be submitted at this time because of the upcoming revitalization of the Liberal Studies program and its courses. It might be easiest to begin with the lower division courses first and then the upper division courses. This amnesty will be available through May 2008* with the possibility of an extension if departments request more time.
During the amnesty period, the syllabus of record will contain the following elements:
The other items that are in the UWUCC Handbook as required in a syllabus of record—evaluation methods, example grading scale, attendance policy, textbooks, special resource requirements, and a bibliography, as well as the old syllabus of record—do not have to be included during the Syllabus Amnesty period, but may be included if departments or colleges wish to include any of these items or other items.
Please remember to submit an electronic copy of the syllabus of record to Liberal-Studies@iup.edu.
* Deadline extended at May 1, 2007 Senate meeting
If you have any questions, please contact the Liberal Studies Office or one of the UWUCC co-chairs:
Sharon Aikins, 357-5715 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Gail S. Sechrist, 357-3762 or email@example.com
Muhammad Numan, 357-2318 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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