Getting students enrolled in the right programs and courses at the right time can have a big impact on their success. Students often select majors and enroll in a course with a set of expectations that are very different from reality.
This White Paper can be used to start a discussion in a working group or committee on how the institution might improve student access to information about academic programs and courses so they make better decisions about their selections.
A course syllabus rubric deployed at Mercy College, NY, to assist faculty with developing good syllabi and to help the curriculum committee review and provide feedback on their quality.
Getting students enrolled in the right programs and courses at the right time can have a big impact on their success. Students often select majors and enroll in a course with a set of expectations that are very different from reality. Providing richer and more relevant information can reduce these problems. By studying this article and its linked resources, and by using the associated shared files, you will be able to:
• Explain the most important sources of course and program information available to students.
• Develop a design document that clearly communicates the expected learning accomplishments and course structure of a program.
• Develop a plan to improve the quality of syllabi and their accessibility by various constituents.
• Develop a plan to improve the management process for catalog and syllabus development, approval, and publishing.
• Develop a rubric to help faculty author and review syllabi.
• Construct a Course Bulletin/Prospectus that enables students to select courses based on their preferred instructional mode and other important characteristics.
• Construct and share end of course surveys and faculty online portfolios that provide relevant information that helps students select courses and instructors.