The Physical and Natural World
Arts, Humanities, and Cultures
Society, social and economic institutions, health and human behavior
Advanced Core Courses
Writing Intensive Courses (WIC)
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2014 Deadlines for course submission to the Compass Curriculum:
Overview of Program
What is the new Compass Curriculum program?
This is our first faculty approved campus-wide general education program for all colleges. This program is planned to start in the Fall of 2014 with freshman. Transfer students will begin the program in the 2015-2016 academic year.
In addition to the existing composition and quantitative reasoning requirements already shared across colleges, the new curriculum framework consists of all freshmen taking a Gateway Experience (the former Freshman Seminar) course, followed by three Explore courses, an Advanced Core course (in the third year), and a Capstone Experience. Note that the Capstone Experience may possibly be a senior seminar course and can be from 0-3 credit hours within the major.
Other integrated components include two Writing Intensive courses, an Inclusiveness Course, and a Sustainability course. Students will also be required to take a quantitative reasoning course, and everyone will still be required to do a writing portfolio. LAS area and DOG requirements remain unchanged for students in LAS.
How will this affect my students?
Explore courses and LAS Area requirements
How do Explore courses relate to LAS Area Requirements?
Students will take three courses from the Explore curriculum with each course being from a different category.
Your department may consider listing up to 8 courses on the Explore list per area. For LAS departments, courses can be listed on both the Area requirement list as well as the Explore list, but students can't double-dip. LAS students must decide if a course will count for an LAS Area requirement or an Explore course.
How many Explore courses can my department propose to the GE program?
Can an Explore course be upper division?
Are all Explore courses open to students from all majors?
Can a course offered from a student's major department count towards their Explore courses?
How many Explore courses can a student take in the area of their minor?
What if a student takes an Explore course worth more credits than the minimum 3 for their course? For example, what if a student takes a 5 credit course instead of a 3 credit course? Can two credits count towards their LAS area requirements for that component?
LAS DOG requirements and the Inclusiveness (Diversity/Global) requirement
How do courses that are approved for the LAS DOG requirement fit within the new GE framework?
Integrated Components (Writing Intensive, Inclusiveness, and Sustainability)
Are courses within the Writing Intensive, Inclusiveness, or Sustainability components required to be upper division?
What type of support is available for faculty as they revise courses to include more writing?
Advanced Core courses
Are all Advanced Core courses open to students from all majors?
Can an Advanced Core course be lower division?
Can courses count as both Explore and Advanced Core?
Can a course offered with a disciplinary perspective within a student's major count towards their Advanced Core?
Counting courses as more than one category
Can a course count in both a main category (Explore, Advanced Core, Capstone), and as Integrated Component (Inclusiveness, Writing Intensive, Sustainability)?
Course Approval and Timeline
What is the course approval process?
The department chair will sign off on the proposal and submit it to the college curriculum committee for the next meeting. Upon approval by the college curriculum committee, the proposal will go to the Compass Curriculum Review Committee. Compass Curriculum Review Committee approved courses will be updated monthly on the Compass Curriculum website. The course evaluation process will be ongoing monthly throughout the fall/spring semesters.
How will courses be approved?
What do I need to do for my course to be approved by the Compass Curriculum Program?
Fill out the Submission form online through the Provost's website.
What if a course offers multiple sections?
What if my course could count for more than one component?
Student Success Related Policies
What is the objective of the Gateway Course?
Goal 2: Know and Explore. All Freshman Seminar Gateway courses will provide:
Goal 3: Act and Interact. All Freshman Seminar Gateway courses will emphasize:
Core Writing Courses
ENGL 1310 will remain the first core writing course across the university. ENGL 1410, ENGL 2080, ENGL 2090, or INOV 2100 will remain the second writing course options across the university.
The UCCS General Education goal of quantitative and qualitative reasoning proposes that well-educated people are able to think at a certain level of abstraction that includes competencies such as:
The proficiency requirement of this goal thus has two principal objectives. The first is to provide students with the analytical tools used in core curriculum courses and in their major areas of study. The second is to help students acquire the reasoning skills necessary to assess adequately the problems that confront them in daily life.
What is the Objective of Explore Courses? The "Explore" component encompasses three courses that expose students to a breadth of disciplinary perspectives and methods. To this end, the courses that satisfy this component are meant to provide a broad level of understanding within a particular discipline. Students will be required to take 3 courses (3 credits each = total 9 credits), with each one of those courses being from a different category. This type of engagement encourages students to explore disciplinary perspectives in order to gain a breadth of knowledge. Depending on the courses selected, the credit total could exceed 9 cr. since some courses in foreign languages or natural sciences with labs are more than 3 credits each. Regardless of the credit total, student will be required to complete one course in each category.
What will ALL Explore Courses have in common? All courses within the campus-wide Explore Curriculum will also be asked to adhere to some general guidelines based on their specific "category" in order to ensure breadth of experiences, approaches, and methods. Guidelines are meant to introduce the learner to how knowledge/skills are acquired within the field and to find ways to apply these to the undergraduate learning experience as a whole.
Advanced Core Curriculum
What is the objective of an Advanced Core GE course?
What is the objective of a Capstone Experience?
Currently, all UCCS undergraduates are required to submit a Writing Portfolio when they have earned between 60-90 credit hours. Students submit two papers, four or more pages each, from any course (besides ENGL 1310/1410 or their equivalents.) Group authored papers, lab reports, proposals, and other forms of student writing are acceptable portfolio submissions. Papers are scored as highly competent, competent, low pass, or needs work by faculty with expertise in writing instruction. Students who opt not to submit a writing portfolio, as well as those who do not pass the writing portfolio, are required to take ENGL 3010 (or ENGL 3080).
Writing Intensive Integrated Component
What is the objective, or purpose, of Writing Intensive courses?
How will Writing Intensive courses be structured?
Note that WI courses provide multiple opportunities for sustained engagement in writing. As such, the WI designation is not fulfilled via a single term paper due at the end of the course. Instead, the traditional "term paper" assignment can be broken into stages and supported through class discussion, peer review opportunities, and drafting. The Writing across the Curriculum director provides group seminars and individual consultations for faculty members who are revising courses to allow for more student writing and/or a process approach to composing.
Goal 1: Evaluate and Create
Goal 2: Know and Explore
Goal 3: Act and Interact
1Kuh, George. High-Impact Education Practices: What They Are, Who Has Access to Them, and Why They Matter. American Association of Colleges and Universities (2008).
Inclusiveness (Global/Diversity) Integrated Component
What is the objective of an Inclusiveness GE course?
How will the integrated Inclusiveness component be structured and supported?
These courses will include a focus on international/global/diverse perspectives and explicitly address dynamics and consequences of exclusion and inclusion. This focus could address social, cultural, political, economic, geographic, spiritual, or other diverse perspectives.
Sustainability Integrated Component
What is the objective of a component integrating Sustainability?