University College does not have its own faculty; but it does have a crucial role in providing support to faculty in the academic colleges who teach General Education courses and it also helps coordinate curriculum associated with the First-Year Experience.
One of the roles of University College is to provide support to faculty teaching general education courses. These include:
1) Communication Across the Curriculum
This faculty development program exists to help faculty and departments design curriculum that can improve students’ writing and speaking skills. The Communication Across the Curriculum programs offers workshops throughout the year, individual consultations, and a program designed to lead departments through a structured review of the curriculum in the major. For more information, visit the CXC website.
2) New Preparations of Gen Ed Courses
Any faculty member thinking of developing a section of a General Education class is encouraged to contact University College to get help in understanding the course objectives and information about how other faculty have approached the challenge.
Please note that no formal approval process exists faculty seeking to teach sections of LBST courses. University College relies upon the professionalism of the faculty and the oversight of department chairs to ensure that all sections conform – in both content and structure – to expectations.
3) Writing Intensive (W) and Oral Communications (O) Courses
Any faculty member who wishes to have a course designated as meeting the Writing Intensive and/or Oral Communications requirements within the General Education program must prepare the appropriate course and curriculum forms and have those approved. The forms can be found on the Faculty Governance site for the course and curriculum process.
Once a course is approved for W and/or O credit, it does not need re-approval even if a faculty member different from the person who originally got approval is teaching it. However, faculty are expected to review the statement of W&O Best Practices posted on the Faculty Governance course and curriculum page to ensure that they are meeting minimum standards for these important General Education requirements and striving to achieve the best practices that have been established by the faculty.
University College is responsible for coordinating the assessment of all aspects of the General Education program. In some instances, where the General Education requirements are taught by means of courses offered out of specific departments, the assessment is undertaken in the unit: for example, the English composition, mathematics and logical reasoning, and natural and social science. In other instances, specifically the LBST curriculum, assessment is done by University College working with instructors for those classes. Assessment runs on a two year cycle: composition, mathematics and logical reasoning, and the sciences in one year and LBST in the other.
1) Quality Enhancement Plan
In March 2013, a team from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools will be on campus to carry out the reaccreditation site visit. A major item in the reaccreditation process is the preparation of a campus-wide Quality Enhancement Plan or QEP, and if it is approved the University will begin implementing the QEP in Fall 2013. The topic for UNC Charlotte’s QEP is student engagement, specifically the academic engagement of new freshmen. In the engagement curriculum students take in the first year they will develop their skills vis-à-vis three core outcomes:
- Commitment to Success
- Self and Cultural Awareness
Developing the University’s QEP has been a broad, campus-wide effort, but University College has played a leading role, and it will continue to provide leadership on the QEP once it is implemented.
2) Learning Communities
University College and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences jointly administer the UCLAS Learning Community (University College and Liberal Arts and Sciences) that serves ~190 new freshmen each fall semester. For more information on learning communities, visit the Learning Communities website.
3) Freshman and Transfer Seminars
University College helps to coordinate the freshman and transfer seminars offered each semester to new students.
4) Common Reading Experience
In partnership with the Dean of Students Office, University College helps to run UNC Charlotte’s Common Reading Experience. For more details see the CRE webpage.