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University Studies Program: General Education for the 21st Century

Preliminary Course Identification
Frequently Asked Questions
Each department and program is identifying potential courses for the University Studies Program (USP) by Thursday of this week (4/12). As our campus community completes this process together, the following questions have been asked…frequently:

How do I identify a course for the University Studies Program?
Department chairs and program directors will complete the "preliminary identification form" for each course the department/program has collaboratively identified as appropriate for the USP. Each chair/director has received an email with a link to the form. Individual instructors will not be submitting materials at this stage of the process.

Are we identifying only Quest I courses now?
No, now is the time to identify all potential USP courses. Each department/program needs to examine their whole curriculum to determine which courses fit best into the various components of the USP: Quest I, Quest II, Quest III, Explore (Nature, Culture, Society), and Connect.

Should only 100 and 200 courses be submitted?
The Faculty Senate USP Committee (replacing APGES) expects primarily lower levels courses; however, some 300 level courses are currently a part of general education. If an upper level course is identified, the chair/director can include a note in the final "open ended" question area of the form to provide a rationale.

Can courses with pre-requisites be identified into the USP?
Most if not all USP Quest and Explore courses will need to be free of pre-requisites so that the total number of credits required for general education is not increased.

Can a Quest course address 2 Signature Questions?
While the content of some courses may fit into more than one Signature Question category, preferences need to be expressed via the "preliminary course identification" form. Ultimately, each Quest course will be linked with only one Signature Question for coding and advising.

How will a course demonstrate that Signature Question content has been integrated?
The Signature Question content will be apparent in student learning outcomes, assessment, and assignments.

What if a course addresses the Intercultural Signature Question, but doesn't seem to be an Ethnic Studies or Non-Western culture course?
Include these courses in the identification process, and provide a note about this particular challenge in the "open ended" question area. A collaborative conversation regarding this issue and System guidelines will be held to determine how to proceed.

Need Help?
For assistance, please use the following contact information:
email: usp@uwosh.edu
website: uwosh.edu/usp

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