To fulfill the expectations of federal compliance on how we communicate to students, the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning is asking all instructors to include specific information on their syllabus for group instruction courses. Instructors already provide students with thorough and informative syllabi so it is anticipated that this will be a minor change.
Why are we paying attention to the syllabus now?
In March 2019, UW-Madison will undergo a review of the credit hour policy in conjunction with our 2019 Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation review. Demonstration of compliance is important – it confirms to the public that we deliver a high-quality experience with attention to student learning. Syllabi from Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Fall 2018 will be scrutinized during 2019 HLC accreditation review for learning outcomes and information on credits and the credit hour. We will be expected to provide specific syllabi as requested by reviewers on just a few days’ notice. It is important that our HLC reviewers find the evidence they are looking for when they review our syllabi in the course of the HLC accreditation review in Spring 2019. About the 2019 Accreditation Project: https://hlcaccreditation.wisc.edu/
Here is the information that needs to be on the syllabus for group instruction courses that may not be routinely included before now:
1. Course learning outcomes
2. Number of credits
3. How the course meets the credit hour policy standards
The syllabus must be available in English.
More detailed information about what to include for each of these elements is available here: