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The Center for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching, and University Assessment

New Course Approval Process

Miami faculty members care about their students and their students’ learning. We discover the ways that we are already being effective teachers and the ways that we could enhance student learning when we engage in assessment. In 2008, University Senate approved a resolution which stipulated that all new course approval forms would revolve around student learning outcomes and the way that the department would assess the effectiveness of the new course. On December 5, 2011, University Senate approved removing the requirement for a fully developed assessment plan as part of the new course approval process.


The New Course Approval form can be found on the Registrar’s website under Curriculum Forms. In addition to questions about the rationale and resources for the course, the new course approval form will ask you the following:

  • List the specific learning outcomes that students are expected to achieve in every section of this course. For help, see our page on student learning outcomes.
  • If this course is offered at both the Graduate and Undergraduate levels, please indicate how your expectations are different for graduate students and tell why those different expectations are appropriate. Some possibilities for graduate students expectations are:
      • additional student learning outcomes to be completed by the graduate students only
      • a higher standard of evaluation for the undergraduate student learning outcomes
      • additional course work (e.g. assignments) that they must complete.

    Communicating Learning Outcomes to Students

    Many students are unfamiliar with what learning outcomes are, let alone what they are for specific classes. This site from BYU discusses the influence of learning outcomes and how to best emphasize them in the classroom.

    Support from CELTUA

    The Center for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching and University Assessment (CELTUA) is ready and willing to provide support for this process. For help, see our page on student learning outcomes. Please contact our Director, Cecilia Shore or call CELTUA at (513) 529-9266 for further support in this effort. We want to be of help to you.

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