Frequently Asked Questions

How do I determine if my course fits in a specific area of the general education?

The Revised General Education Structure and General Education Learning Goals and Outcomes documents Approved by Faculty Senate in October 2012 lists the areas within the general education and then the General Learning Goals (GGs) that are required to be met through the course.

What are GG and SLO? 

This is an acronym GG refers to the General Learning Goals that all students must accomplish through completion of their general education curriculum.  SLO refers to the specific learning outcomes that will need to be demonstrated in order for a course to have completed the General Learning Goal.

How many SLOs do I have to do within my course for each General Learning Goal (GG)? 

The number of SLOs required to say a course has completed that General Goal is different for each General Goal.  The minimum SLOs for each of the GGs are as follows:

Minimum of two SLOs for General Goals 2, 7, 12, 13, & 15

Minimum of three SLOs for General Goals 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, & 14

Minimum of four SLOs for General Goal 5

NOTE:  First-year seminar is only required to address one SLO for each of its general goals listed as instructed in the General Education Structure

In the application why can I not select more general goals than those that appear when I select a specific category?

The General Education Learning Goals that are displayed in the application correspond to the ones designated as the required learning goals (GGs) for that specific area of the general education.  These are the GGs that assessment data will be required for course review by CGEIP.  You can have other goals but these would just be designated as course goals since they are not required for that course to be in that category of the general education curriculum.

What are the criteria that CGEIP requires for an application to be accepted?

There are five essential criteria required for a course application’s approval into the revised general education.  These can be found in the Call for Proposals.

What attachments do I need to submit with my application?

For a course that is currently not in the general education curriculum the only attachment required is the syllabus. 

For Courses that are currently in the general education curriculum there are three attachments required:  syllabus, last CGEIP Course Review material submitted to CGEIP, and the last CGEIP Subcommittee Review for the course.  See Model Applications for details on what these items look like.

Why is there nowhere to attach my CGEIP review documents in my course application?

For a course that is currently in the general education curriculum you need to select the button in the course information area of the application that says revision of existing course.  “New course” is only for courses that are not currently in the general education curriculum.

Do I have to get my College Council Approval before submitting an application for my course?

NO, If the course is already in the MSU course catalog and you are not making any substantive changes to the course that require a course proposal form to be completed.

What is a substantive change that requires me to complete a Course Change Form?

A complete list of substantive changes can be found on the Faculty Senate Policies, Forms, & Resources site.

How will I know that my course was submitted?

You will get a confirmation email that has the content of the application immediately after you have clicked the submit button.  Check this document to make sure that your attachments are listed as the name of the files that you have attached.

Can I save the application and work on it later?

No the application is not able to be saved and must be completed before logging out of the application system.  If you click on the category for your course, the General Goals and SLOs you want to use, then you can either print or save as a PDF the application form so you can use it to determine what you will put in the areas when you complete the online application form.

Are there certain course numbers that will not be allowed in the general education curriculum? 

In the Revised General Education Structure document, it indicates the course level that is applicable for the specific areas.  All course in the Breadth of Knowledge area are required to be at the 100- or 200-level.  The category on the focus on Quantitative Literacy can be 100 level and above and the category on the focus on Written Communication and Applied Learning have to be 200 level or above.

What is a sample syllabus require?

It is an example of the syllabus that you will be supplying the student for the course.  It should contain all the University required policy statements as well as a including a general education policy statement and clearly articulated incorporation of the General Learning Goals and Specific Learning Outcomes selected in the application for the course.  At least one Assessment tools for each SLO that were selected in the application that students will be graded on should be found in the sample syllabus too. Click here to view model applications/syllabi that have already been approved for the revised general education.

What is the reason that a course application will be denied?

 The following are examples of reasons that course application did not get approved:

1) Did not put General Education and Course Goals both in Syllabus

2) Did not designate General Education goals (GGs) or Specific Learning Outcomes (SLOs) in Syllabus

3) Application SLOs and syllabus SLOs did not match

4) Assessment tools not found in Syllabus (needed if they are graded assessment tools).

5) Did not submit past CGEIP review or CGEIP reviewer comments

6) Essential criteria was not submitted (see Call for Proposal on Revised General Education Website)

7) Did not have description of instructional methods that support student success.

Main reason for courses being denied was the lack of a clear and articulate incorporation of the revised general education general goals and specific learning outcomes into the syllabus.  We want it to explain to the student why this course is in a certain category of the general education and how the learning goals for the course allow for the ability to meet the general education learning goals and specific learning outcomes.

When and who will be notified if a course has been accepted or denied into the revised general education curriculum by CGEIP?

After courses are reviewed in the CGEIP meeting (as determined by the timeline) only the person that submitted the course, their department head, and their Dean will receive an email from the CGEIP Chair informing them of the decision (will include CGEIP reviewer comments on the decision process).  If the course was denied in the January or February CGEIP meetings it can be revised and resubmitted.  If it was submitted after January 25th it will not be reviewed and voted on until after the last submission date of March 1st and will not be able to be resubmitted before the courses are sent forward to Faculty Sensate for approval.

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