What is the procedure to have a new course approved?

Complete the New Course Request Form and submit it to the Curriculum Committee

10 Point Syllabus for Curriculum Committee Approval:

1.  Course meeting times; Faculty office location; faculty office hours; faculty contact information)

2.  Text/Resources

3.  Course goals/learning outcomes articulated

a.  What learning outcomes does the course envision for the students?

4.  Attendance policy (noted for inclusion in syllabus in FH 3.1.2; “should be stated unambiguously”)

5.  Course schedule (could be outline, weekly, daily)

6.  Dates for major papers, exams, tests and field trips (the “relative value” of these items is noted for inclusion in syllabus in FH 3.1.2)

a.  What assignments will the students be expected to complete?

7.  Grade Composition and equivalency (noted for inclusion in syllabus in FH 3.1.2; “should be stated unambiguously”)

a.  What will be the basis for the students' final grade?

b.  How will this translate to letter grades?

c.  Verify that the grading rubric supports any sought distributions (CW, CS, IC, CA)

8.  Deadline to withdrawal from class

9.  ADA Statement (Note: approved language for this section below under a.)

a.  “In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, students with a documented disability are eligible to request reasonable accommodations.   To make a request or for more information, please contact Patty Klug, Disability Services Coordinator at klugp@juniata.edu, or call 814-641-5840.  It is best to submit accommodation requests within the drop/add period, however, requests can be made at any time in the semester.  Please keep in mind that accommodations are not retroactive.”

10. Academic Integrity Policy (Note: approved language for this section below under a.)

a.  General: “All members of the Juniata College community share responsibility for establishing and maintaining appropriate standards of academic honesty and integrity. Students oblige themselves to follow these standards and to encourage others to do so. Faculty members also have an obligation to comply with the principles and procedures of academic honesty and integrity as listed here through personal example and the learning environment they create.

One of the strongest traditions in higher education is the value the community places upon academic honesty. Academic integrity is an assumption that learning is taken seriously by students and that the academic work that students do to be evaluated is a direct result of the commitment of the student toward learning as well as the personal knowledge gained.

Academic dishonesty, therefore, is an attempt by a student to present knowledge in any aspect as personal when in fact it is knowledge gained by others.”


b.  Specific: Something like “the associated penalty will be based on the nature and seriousness of the offense, ranging from an official warning, a reduced or failing grade for the assignment, to a reduced or failing grade for the course.” 

How do I choose FISHN designation for a new course?

The description for each FISHN is.

How are changes applied to an existing course?

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

What are the requirements for a CW or CS course?

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.

I want to offer an IC or CA course; what is the procedure?

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

We are offering a new special topics course, how do we get it listed?

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

Our department has created a new POE; how does it get approved?

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

Our department is creating a new program; how do we get it approved?

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

What is the academic field trip policy?

Field Trips - According to the faculty handbook, section 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.

What are the guidelines for a student to receive Distinction in the POE?

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.)

Curriculum approved exception for fulfilling a World Language POE less than the 45 credits minimum?

A designated or individualized Program of Emphasis in French, German, Russian, or Spanish and Hispanic cultures may be approved with fewer than 45 credits hours provided that students have placed beyond the WL 110 level by completing the department's designated placement exam.  The POE must contain at least 33 credits in the target language beyond SP, GR, FR, or RU 210, and one credit hour of Language in Motion.

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