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New Course-Tagging Tools Available to Assist With Undergraduate Course Selection
The Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Shared Competencies and the Office of Academic Affairs are now providing online tools to help undergraduate students make course selections according to the Shared Competencies offered by various courses. Among those tools are:
- A video that shows how to use course tags for course planning.
- A document that helps students and their advisors chart a four-year academic path based on plans to acquire the shared competencies.
- A course tag search tool that facilitates searching for tags outside of the MySlice or course catalog system.
“These added tools make it easier for students and their advisors to pinpoint the skills and competencies various courses offer as they consider their academic schedule,” says Amanda Johnson Sanguiliano, associate director of institutional effectiveness and assessment. “It has been a collective effort to provide convenient ways for students to use tags to identify courses for the competencies and then incorporate them as they plan course schedules, educational interests and career pathways.”
Undergraduate courses are now tagged with up to three competency tags that illustrate the knowledge and skills students can expect to gain in courses. Tags are searchable in class search and schedule builder and appear in the 2023-24 course catalog.
Course registration for the fall 2023 semester begins April 3.
The Shared Competencies are six learning goals that enhance the learning experience. They can be obtained through major degree courses, liberal arts requirements, electives, campus jobs and co-curricular experiences. The competencies are:
- Ethics, Integrity and Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
- Critical and Creative Thinking
- Scientific Inquiry and Research Skills
- Civic and Global Responsibility
- Communication Skills
- Information Literacy and Technological Agility