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Crossings

Course Review

Deadlines and Guidance Documents

Each course in the Crossings curriculum can be reviewed and approved for only one student learning outcome area – Communication, Arts and Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, or Global Challenges.

FALL 2023 MEETING DATES FOR GENERAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE: 

  • Friday, August 25th
  • Friday, September 15th
  • Friday, October 20th
  • Friday, November 17th
  • December 8th (date adjusted for winter holiday)

Curriculog item deadline for meetings above: 9:00 AM the Friday before the posted committee meeting date. Please make sure you approve your own proposal on the "Gen Ed Course Review" form as a final step before it will move forward in Curriculog! 

For program changes, degree maps, or coding/changing of courses in the Crossings course list, the 24-25 catalog deadline for Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC) is the February 2024 UCC meeting. 

Please note that this means that the earliest that a course will appear in the catalog under a new Crossings category is the 24-25 catalog. 

Course approvals and changes can continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis after February 2024, and courses will be moved to UCC the next year for the 25-26 catalog.

In addition to reviewing courses via the "Gen Ed Course Review" form to receive attribution in one of our general education/Crossings student learning outcome areas, the General Education Committee is also the curriculum committee for the interdisciplinary courses using the GLCH course code. To date, faculty have created three variable credit, variable title courses (GLCH 1990, 2990, or 3990) and we have three broad, interdisciplinary courses (GLCH 1550: Debunking Pseudoscience, GLCH 3510: Marginality and Health Outcomes, and GLCH 3520: The Health Impact of Abuse). 

Any faculty who wish to teach a course using these codes should read the course descriptions in the undergraduate catalog (or Curriculog if not yet published) and then contact the General Education Committee chair for next steps. The faculty proposer does not have to use Curriculog, but rather, will provide a syllabus,  signature assignment, and rationale to the General Education Committee for review. For some courses, this may be the most expedient and flexible way to teach a Global Challenges course. 

PROCESS

The process of review for existing or new courses in the Crossings curriculum is through Curriculog, providing transparency and faculty governance.

  1. The “Gen Ed Course Review” form is completed by the proposer in Curriculog.
  2. The form is reviewed by the General Education Committee or a subcommittee.
  3. The General Education Committee will undertake one of two actions:
    1. Approval:
      1. For a course undergoing review in a new student learning outcome area, a recommendation will be made to UCC for inclusion in the Crossings course list in the appropriate catalog year. The General Education Committee chair will move this forward using the “[Year] Catalog Undergraduate Modify General Education” form in Curriculog. **Please note. If a course is a new course for the Clemson undergraduate catalog, an add course form must be submitted in Curriculog. The add course forms route from department to college to undergraduate curriculum committees. The General Education Committee cannot move course proposals to UCC for general education curricular attribution until the new course proposal is at or through the UCC step.
      2. For an existing course undergoing review in the same student learning outcome area, no changes to the undergraduate catalog will be necessary.
    2. No approval: If a course is not approved, feedback will be given to the proposing unit.
  4. Departments can also request removal of courses from the Crossings curriculum using the “Gen Ed Course Review” form.
  5. Details and specific instructions can be found in the Curriculum Guidelines document created by Dr. Appling.

Faculty initiating proposals in Curriculog regarding the Crossings curriculum should read through the information on this site. Please make sure that you understand the student learning outcomes, signature assignment, assessment rubrics, and assessment plan.

Course Attributes: No Double Counting between Courses within the Crossings Curriculum

Prior to the fall 2022 catalog, a number of courses “double counted” for two general education areas.  This is problematic for two reasons: a.) SACSCOC standards require that students complete at least 30 hours of coursework in general education, and extensive use of double dipping cuts down on the depth and breadth of an undergraduate education, and b.) our institutional assessment data show that students in courses that are coded to meet more than one student learning outcome are not demonstrating appropriate achievement in those areas.

To remedy this, courses can have attribution for one general education student learning outcome area effective fall 2022. Courses that were approved for Global Challenges in the fall 2022 will not also fulfill another general education requirement. 

Schedule for Review

Student learning outcome area Review Calendar* Assessment of Student Learning

Communication (oral & written)

2019-2020 and 2025-2026

Odd years (23-24, 25-26, etc.)

Mathematics

2020-2021 and 2026-2027

Odd years (23-24, 25-26, etc.)

Natural Science

2020-2021 and 2026-2027

Odd years (23-24, 25-26, etc.)

Arts & Humanities

2021-2022 and 2027-2028

Even years (24-25, 26-27, etc.)

Social Science

2021-2022 and 2027-2028

Even years (24-25, 26-27, etc.)

Global Challenges

New for 2022-2023 catalog, so review starts in spring 2021, continues through 2021-2022 and beyond

Full review of list will occur in 2028-2029

Even years (24-25, 26-27, etc.)

*Once reviewed, the General Education Committee will not request another full review of the courses in this block for a period of 6 years. However, faculty and departments can submit courses for review (for inclusion or removal) at any time.

COURSE ATTRIBUTES: DOUBLE COUNTING BETWEEN COURSES IN CROSSINGS & COURSES IN MAJOR OR MINOR CURRICULA

We are devoting 6 credit hours of the Crossings curriculum to Global Challenges courses, thus moving beyond a general education curriculum heavily reliant on sets of foundational courses alone. Some of the Global Challenges courses are expected to also fulfill requirements for major or minor courses of study. A consensus among Clemson faculty engaged in advances in general education curricula is that integrating general education skills/competencies with a student’s major skills/competencies is the optimal way to enrich student development. In fact, the very model of ‘Crossings’ reinforces the enrichment.

Through guidance from our SACSCOC leaders, we do not anticipate any problem with overlaps between Global Challenges courses in the general education curriculum and courses in majors or minors, as long as the following are met:

  • We have clear criteria for what a Global Challenges course entails. (See guidance document above.)
  • We have ongoing teaching development participation from faculty that helps to ensure that courses are by design meeting the student learning outcomes. (Provided with OTEI, a Global Challenges Course Design Institute, and consultations with a Teaching Fellow)
  • We have clear criteria for assessment of the Global Challenges student learning outcomes and seek improvements based upon assessment results. (See Assessment page.)
  • Courses with a Global Challenges attribution are not restricted to students in certain majors. Appropriate pre-requisites are allowable, but major restrictions indicate that a course is not a general education course in spirit. 

Overlap between courses in the majors/minors and the courses in the Communication and Ways of Knowing Areas of Crossings is also allowed and advantageous to student development. 

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