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USP 2015 Frequently Asked Questions

USP 2015 Frequently Asked Questions for Faculty

This page will contain a list of frequently asked questions organized by topic and category.

Last revised: 10/19/16

Course Approval Process

  1. Do I need to submit a Course Action Request Form (CARF) for First-Year Seminar?
    • No. The list of approved FYS courses will automatically be sent to the Registrar's Office upon approval by the USP Committee.
  2. Do I need to submit a Course Action Request Form (CARF) for COM1, COM2, or COM3 courses?
    • Only if the course is a new course or if you are changing the cross-listings, prerequisites, credit hours, or title. Otherwise, the list of approved COM courses will automatically be sent to the Registrar's Office upon approval by the USP Committee.
  3. Do I need to submit a Course Action Request Form (CARF) for H, PN, V, or Q courses?
    • Only if the course is a new course or if you are changing the cross-listings, prerequisites, credit hours, or title. Otherwise, the list of approved H, PN, V, and Q courses will automatically be sent to the Registrar's Office upon approval by the appropriate college curriculum committee.
  4. I want to get my new course approved to teach in the 2014-15 academic year (before USP 2015) goes into effect. Do I fill out the USP 2003 forms or the USP 2015 forms? Do I need a CARF form?
    I am in the process of putting together a CARF for a course that I would like to begin offering next spring (2015). Ultimately, it needs to satisfy the Q requirement in the new USP system, but since it will initially be offered before those take effect, it should satisfy the current QA requirement. Do you know if I will need to fill out forms for both standards?
    • If you are designing a new course to meet the new USP designation—but also want it to satisfy a 2003 USP designation—please indicate that preference on the USP 2015 forms. When approved, the course will be given designators for both USP 2003 and 2015.
  5. How should interdisciplinary programs get their courses approved when they are cross-listed with courses from other departments? Should the proposals go through the USP Committee or should the college department put the course through the college approval process?   Can only one proposal be submitted for cross-listed courses?
    • If the course involves several departments in a single college, the course will be approved at the college level.  FYS and COM sequence courses will also require approval by the USP Committee.
    • If the course involves several departments from several colleges, the course will be approved by all colleges involved. FYS and COM sequence courses will also require approval by the USP Committee.
    • If the course does not have a home college, it should be submitted to the USP Committee for approval.
  6. In our department we have two courses listed as STAT 2050, one being an in-class version while the other is an online version. Do I need to fill out a request for the Q requirement for both classes separately or can I do one form for them both?
    • There is no difference between the way online and on campus courses should apply.  They are considered the same course.
  7. Dance has a series of one-credit courses. Can the program apply for H credit if they do not meet the required student learning outcomes in just one class? In other words, can the student learning outcomes be split over multiple courses and then "bundled" for the student?
    • Please submit a proposal to the USP Committee as an exception.  The"bundling" might be acceptable as long as students clearly understand the courses must be taken as a group.

First-Year Seminar Policy Document

Communication Courses

  1. Can a department meet the COM2 or COM3 student learning outcomes through multiple courses as opposed to one three-credit course? How would the course approval paperwork be filled out in this case?
    • The COM2 policy is that the requirement must be fulfilled by one three-credit course.  Exceptions to course policies that are consistent with overall course objectives may be made on a case-by-case basis.  A request for an exception must be made in writing and accompany the USP 2015 Course Approval Form request through the approval process. The course approval materials should include syllabi for the multiple courses and clarify how the outcomes will be achieved in each course.
  2. Who approves the class size increase requests?  Is there an application for this that will allow departments to explain their requests? 
    • COM courses are limited to 24 students to allow for repeated instruction, practice and feedback. Exceptions to course policies that are consistent with overall course objectives may be made on a case-by-case basis.  Approval will be considered at the department, college and USP Committee levels. A request for an exception must be made in writing and accompany the USP 2015 Course Approval Form request through the approval process. The course approval materials should clarify how the outcomes as well as repeated instruction, practice and feedback will be achieved.
  3. How often do COM courses have to apply for approval? Do approved exceptions have to be reapproved every semester?  Every year?
    • Courses approved as COMs must submit a syllabus every three years for re-examination.   Simply complete the online checklist and email your syllabus to usp@uwyo.edu. If a program wishes to make substantial changes to the course (or request a new exception) after initial approval, it must resubmit a new set of course approval documents

Miscellaneous

  1. What determines the major department for interdisciplinary programs since H and PN courses cannot be taken from the student’s major department and count as a USP fulfillment?
    •  Two methods could be used to determine the major department for interdisciplinary programs:
      1. Option 1: Use the department that houses the student’s advisor as the “home department.” For several of the interdisciplinary programs, students have an advisor outside of the declared major.
      2. Option 2: Use the course prefix that matches the name of the degree program. (For Biology, LIFE would count as the major “department” for those students who are Biology majors.)
    • We recommend option 2 since it resolves nearly every case we have examined. Departments could submit exception requests for the few cases when this would cause hardship.  The goal is “breadth of knowledge,” not bureaucracy.  Interdisciplinary study is broad by definition.
  2. Where is the global & diversity content supposed to be? I understand the learning outcomes of the H courses.  Students only have to take two approved H courses to meet USP requirements.  But H courses are not to be embedded in the major.   We currently require (and will continue to require) a cultural diversity course in the junior year. As I look at that course and the H learning outcomes pertinent to diversity, I believe our students will continue to get this information.  So, my question is this: Can we continue to embed global and diversity material in our courses and just have our students take two “outside” H courses for their USP requirement, or do we need to get an H designation for one or more of our major courses?
    • Students only have to take two H courses to fill USP requirements.
    • If you want your students to take particular H courses (such as Psychology) to satisfy accreditation or other pre-requisite issues for your degree program, you should put those on your degree program check sheet. Otherwise, students can choose any two H courses to fulfill USP requirements.
    • While some of the diversity/global student learning outcomes are part of the H (such as Outcome #4: Examine the role of diversity in human societies and how diversity impacts global change and #5 Analyze how culture and diversity can be depicted through different forms of expression (e.g. visual arts, performing arts), the courses being proposed for the H are only required to meet 3 of the 6 outcomes for Human Culture; consequently some courses won’t choose #4 or #5.

      So, yes, you can continue to embed D and G content into your required courses and let your students take two H courses to satisfy the USP. However, if you choose to put your D or G course forward as an H, it cannot count as an H for your majors.

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