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USP Course Approval Forms and Process

Course Review and Approval

  • The Faculty Senate USP Committee met every Wednesday during the 2012-2013 academic year to review courses submitted to the University Studies Program.  That faculty governance group completed the review and approval of 257 Quest I, Quest II, and Explore courses.
  • During the 2013-2014, the committee will continue to meet on Wednesdays, reviewing Quest III, Connect, and other USP course submissions.
  • Though the campus is in a "once-in-lifetime" intense initial implementation period of course review and approval, USP course submissions and program revisions or issues will continue to be reviewed by the USP Faculty Senate Committee after the initial cohort of USP courses are approved.
  • Professional development to support USP course construction are described on Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) website.  Funding is made possible through a UW System grant, the Faculty Development Fund, CETL, and the Provost's Office.

What forms should be submitted for course review and approval?

  • USP Form Only: If an existing course is being submitted without changes or an existing course is being submitted with changes that are NOT listed on Form B, submit the USP form and a syllabus. These kinds of course modifications will be the most common for courses submitted to USP. [Example: Student learning outcomes, assignments, assessment, integration of the first-year experience process and integration of Signature Question content.]
  • Form A and USP Form: If the course is brand new, submit Form A and the USP Form (along with a syllabus).
  • Form B and USP Form: If an existing course is being modified in one of the following ways, submit Form B and the USP Form. Modifications requiring Form B include: title, number, description for Bulletin, prerequisites, number of credits, cross-listing status or grading basis (e.g. from pass/fail to letter grade).

For all USP courses, the department needs to consult with the Registrar, Lisa Danielson, and obtain her signature on the form(s) before sending the form(s) to the Dean's Office for a signature.

  • USP Form Process: This guide demonstrates the process flow of USP forms from origination to approval.



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