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Announcements

Apply to be the General Education Assessment Faculty Fellow!

Undergraduate Studies seeks a General Education Assessment Faculty Fellow for the 2017-2018 academic year. This new position will collaborate with the General Education Assessment office in strengthening the faculty role in reviewing UNCW student learning and assessment data and processes, and supporting and enhancing the communication of assessment findings.

Anticipated responsibilities include:

  • support and coordination for General Education Assessment processes at UNCW
  • assistance in disseminating General Education Assessment findings to faculty
  • assisting the General Education Assessment Coordinator and University Studies Director and the University Studies Advisory Committee in developing and implementing review processes

The rewards of the position include:

  • opportunities to discuss and share assessment findings and ways to use them, especially across and between disciplines
  • a broader appreciation of and input into how General Education Assessment is done across campus
  • opportunities to help develop future General Education Assessment initiatives and practices
  • a course release or overload pay equivalent to one course release credit per academic year

To apply for the General Education Assessment Faculty Fellow position, please send a current CV and a statement of intent of one page to Paul Townend at townendp@uncw.edu by noon on Friday October 13. In your statement, please address your experience with assessment, your assessment philosophy, and some ideas for increasing faculty awareness and use of assessment findings.

If you have any questions about the expectations or qualifications for the Fellow position, please feel free to contact Paul Townend, Vice Chancellor and Dean of Undergraduate Studies or Lea Bullard, General Education Assessment Coordinator (bullardlr@uncw.edu).

New Coordinator of General Education Assessment

Undergraduate Studies is happy to announce that Lea Bullard has accepted a new position as coordinator of General Education Assessment, collaborating with the Director of University Studies and the University Studies Advisory Committee in keeping UNCW's assessment of University Studies robust and effective. She is a homegrown Seahawk, born in Wilmington and receiving a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s of Arts in Teaching degree from UNCW. Lea returned to UNCW in September 2010 as a research assistant for General Education Assessment. Prior to that, she was a research assistant at the University of Michigan where she earned a master’s degree in Educational Assessment and Measurement. She has more than 10 years of experience in higher education as both an educator and researcher.

"I’m passionate about student learning and I look forward to supporting UNCW’s commitment to the journey of learning, inquiry, and discovery for our students. As a critical piece to supporting the learning experience, assessment of our general education program helps guide curriculum and ensures that our learning outcomes remain focused on the needs of our students and society. I am excited to continue that work and to continue to grow with UNCW.”

University Studies Requirements 2017-2018

To aid your advising for next year's incoming students, we have generated a one-page PDF that gives an overview of the requirements and rules to watch out for.

University Studies Advising Forum

Friday March 24, 1 pm

Bear Hall 106

As USAC continues to finalize the courses for the University Studies curriculum beginning in the fall of 2017, we will be holding an open forum to discuss definitive changes that may help you as you meet with your advisees. We have also created a page where you can find the list of all approved courses (that we will continue to update following spring faculty senate meetings).

If you missed the forum, you can find the Powerpoint slides from the presentation here!

UNCW Receives Funding to Prevent Stop-Outs

UNCW has received $33,000 to increase efforts to identify and prevent "stop-outs," students who fail to register for classes after attending for several semesters. The proposal, funded by University of North Carolina General Administration, will be used to develop support programs for students who have attempted at least 60 college credits and who are at risk of stopping out.

Read the full article here: Funding Will Help UNCW Prevent "Stop Outs"

University Studies Workshop

Friday, September 16, 1 - 2 pm

Bear Hall 106

Do you have any questions about the recent changes to University Studies? Hoping to propose a course for Critical Reasoning but unsure about the category? Would you like tips about how to make the certification process for current University Studies courses as smooth as possible? Come to this workshop with Paul Townend (Dean of Undergraduate Studies), Jennifer Horan (chair of the University Studies Advisory Committee), and Beverley McGuire (Director of University Studies). We will review last year’s changes, clarify the timeline and requirements for new submissions and recertifications, and offer tips for what to consider as you and your department recertify or make new proposals for each category of University Studies.  We will also field any questions that you may have. Hope to see you there!

If you missed our workshop, you can view the PDF of the Powerpoint presentation here!

New Curriculum for 2017

This fall, we will be preparing for our new University Studies curriculum! We will be holding a workshop on Friday September 16 in Bear Hall 106 to discuss the new category of Critical Reasoning as well as the modifications to the Student Learning Outcomes for the other categories. See "Important Dates" for information about deadlines to submit and recertify courses for next year's curriculum.

Beverly Faulks McGuire

New Director of University Studies

Beverley McGuire has been appointed Director of University Studies beginning this fall. She looks forward to collaborating with faculty senate, the University Studies Advisory Committee, departments and schools, University College, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and all who play such a seminal role in University Studies. You can learn more about her background here.

Important Dates

Oct. 13 Deadline to apply to be the General Education Assessment Faculty Fellow
Oct. 15 Deadline for submitting courses for inclusion in University Studies starting in the 2018-2019 academic year