The General Education Curriculum (02.10.02) policy document established the General Education Program act in accordance with the University’s Periodic Program Review Process and also charged the General Education Executive Committee with reviewing all courses after the fourth year they are taught.
Course recertification provides an opportunity to document the effectiveness of courses and the ongoing innovations adopted by Temple University faculty. We understand courses grow and develop, and we expect that; however, we also are obligated to determine that courses remain committed to program-wide learning goals.
Fundamentally, we will review courses to determine if they have maintained coherency and consistency over time, especially where multiple instructors and departments are involved, and continue to meet area-specific and program-wide learning goals. An additional goal of recertification is to generate information that may be shared with new instructors teaching a course, for example, clear course-specific learning goals and sample assignments that assess course and GenEd learning goals.
In September of 2017, the GenEd Executive Committee voted on some modifications to the course recertification process.
Part 1: Pre-certification meetings
Representatives of departments with courses up for recertification will participate in a “pre-certification” meeting during the fall semester of the recertification year. These meetings must be attended by a representative of each department offering the course, who should be the individual(s) coordinating the development of the recertification package and/or the chair.
Goals of “pre-certification” meetings
1) determine whether course description requires updating
2) agree on updated learning goals for course
3) determine who will complete the recertification package
4) review the recertification process
Part 2: Recertification Portfolio
Overview of elements of the recertification portfolio (additional information next page)
1) cover page from pre-certification meeting showing updated course description and learning goals
2) syllabi from all sections in summer, fall and spring of that academic year, including online sections
3) sample assignments and student work for those assignments at the above average, average and below average level
4) map of how sample assignments meet learning goals established for the course
5) additional assignments if sample assignments do not meet all learning goals (these do not require student work to be submitted)
6) Excel spreadsheets of self-reviews of all courses offered online during the summer, fall or spring of that academic year
For additional information and templates, please see: Revised Recertification Guidelines September 2017.
Questions? Please contact Dana Dawson, firstname.lastname@example.org.