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Connect is the Advanced Writing course that will immerse students in the process of creating texts for different audiences and focus on developing the skills of rhetorical awareness, analytical reading, research, synthesis, and argumentation. Students will reflect and write about the personal and public roles of liberal education and their learning experiences in the University Studies Program. In addition, they will work to synthesize the USP's three Signature Questions in the context of significant public issues.

Course Development Resources

As you prepare your Connect courses, you may find the following documents useful.

  • Connect Syllabus Checklist (June 2013): This checklist has been updated and includes elements expected in all Connect syllabi.
  • Connect Sample Syllabus (June 2013): This sample syllabus, prepared by Douglas Haynes (English), is the first to be submitted. Other sample syllabi will be posted (with permission) so that the teaching community may continue to collaborate as the course is developed.
  • Connect Course Description (June 2013): This description was collaboratively constructed by the Connect course committee and approved by the English department.
  • Writing Student Learning Outcomes: This brief guide is provided to help you create assessable student learning outcomes for your course, though course goals and student learning outcomes are delineated in the approved Connect course description.
  • English 300 Texts About Liberal Education (June 2013): This collaboratively constructed list may help to guide your thinking as you prepare your syllabus, and will continue to expand with additional resources you and other Connect developers propose to use in your courses.

Relevant Rubrics

Additional Resources and Synthesis Articles from June 3, 2013 Connect Dialogue


Many thanks to all of those who participated in the June 3 and Spring Break 2013 workshops. Your commitment of time and creative energy to this endeavor is impressive and much appreciated! Thinking ahead to the course approval process, please note the following deadlines for draft syllabi, final syllabi, and course approval forms:

  • Draft Syllabi: Send draft syllabi to by July 1, 2013
    All course proposers must submit a draft for Connect. Feedback will be provided to support revision. For drafts received by July 1, the first half of the stipend ($500) will be processed for August 1, 2013 payment.
  • Final Syllabi: Send final syllabi to and also to your department chair by August 1, 2013.
    We will process the second half of your stipend payment upon receipt of your final syllabus. For final syllabi received by August 1, the second half of the stipend ($500) will be processed for September 1, 2013 payment.
  • Late drafts and/or late final syllabi will receive later stipend payments, given paperwork processing time.
  • Course Approval forms: Connect course developers are not responsible for the course approval form. The Connect director and department chair will submit this form on behalf of Connect course developers.