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  1. What is the procedure to have a new course approved?
  2. How do I choose FISHN designation for a new course?
  3. How are changes applied to an existing course?
  4. What are the requirements for a CW or CS course?
  5. I want to offer an IC or CA course; what is the procedure?
  6. We are offering a new special topics course, how do we get it listed?
  7. Our department has created a new POE; how does it get approved?
  8. Our department is creating a new program; how do we get it approved?
  9. What is the academic field trip polilcy?
  10. What are the guidelines for a student to receive Distinction in the POE?
Answers

1. Complete the New Course Request form and submit it to the Curriculum Committee

2. The description for each FISHN is.

3. Complete the Course Change Request form and submit it to the Curriculum Committee.

4. A CW course devotes considerable time to the development and assessment of writing skills. CW courses require multiple writing assignments that total fifteen to twenty-five pages during the semester, though these totals may vary by discipline. The methods of teaching writing often vary by discipline and by instructor, but all CW courses explicitly address the mechanics of writing and editing.  Consequently, the syllabus of a CW course indicates the specific writing goals of the class, the criteria by which writing assignments will be evaluated, and the writing or style manual(s) that serve as the basis of instruction.  A significant portion of class time is specifically dedicated to learning writing skills. At least 35% of the final course grade will be determined by writing assignments.

CW courses are intended to help students develop, compose, organize, revise, and edit their own writing. They develop a student's abilities to identify and define a thesis as well as to collect, organize, present, and analyze evidence and documentation to disseminate knowledge.  CW courses are not limited to English only.

5. The Course Change Request form is also used for the IC/CA request?

6. Complete the Special Topics Request form and submit it to the Curriculum Committee.

7. The New POE Request form must be submitted to the Curriculum Committee.

8. Complete the New Program Request form and submit it to the Curriculum Committee.

9. Field Trips - According to the faculty handbook, section 3.1.4.1.2 faculty members wishing to schedule mandatory out-of class field trips are required to include the field trip dates in the course sylabbus prior to the end of the drop/add period.

10. Distinction in the POE - To achieve distinction in the POE, a student must fulfill all graduation requirements and complete a senior experience that integrates several areas of their POE. This requirement can be fulfilled in many ways. Some possibilities might include: an original independent creative project that involves significant academic work, such as laboratory research resulting in a significant report; a major paper on a well-defined project; a body of artistic work equivalent to a major exhibition or performance; or field experience (e.g., student teaching or certain internships) culminating in a significant report. The project must be evaluated and judged worthy of distinction in the POE by two faculty members, at least one of whom must be from the home department. The project must also be presented in a forum open to all interested parties, either at Juniata or to an outside audience such as the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). The student must have a GPA of at least 3.0 within the POE in order to achieve distinction in the POE. (The within-POE GPA is calculated using all POE courses completed prior to the final semester before graduation. In most cases, this includes all POE courses taken during the student’s first seven semesters.)

Departments and programs will be free to establish further requirements for receiving distinction in the POE, including higher GPA requirements.

Application for Distinction

Departments shall forward the names of successful candidates for distinction to the Registrar’s Office by Reading Day.