Course syllabus development has changed significantly with the additions of required Higher Education Opportunity Act (2008) statements and external accreditators' expectations. Mansfield University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. As a part of the assessment process, we strive to ensure that our syllabi conform to "best practice" as found in current literature and expected by outside agencies. Two documents have been developed to assist faculty members as they construct their syllabi.
To comply with the expectations of our accrediting agency requests and to ensure that we are focusing assessments on what we say we expect students to learn in courses and programs, instructors are expected to produce syllabi that demonstrate how activities within courses are matched to what students are expected to learn both in their courses and in their programs. In compliance with outside agencies, instructors also are expected to include certain statements of students' rights and responsibilities in their education experiences. A document, " Syllabus Guidelines," has been developed for these purposes. While faculty members do not have to adhere to the format of the suggestions offered in the document, all instructors are expected to include all of the items presented.
Faculty members are encouraged to use the " Syllabus Checklist" to make sure that they have included all required elements. In addition, optional elements are included in the checklist to assist especially new faculty in considering other components that may help their students succeed.
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