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Curricular and Co-Curricular Programs Defined
Curricular and Co-Curricular Program Definitions, Characteristics, and Expectations
Curricular Programs: Credit-bearing programs that include the undergraduate Liberal Education Program, undergraduate majors*, graduate programs*, undergraduate certificates, and post-baccalaureate certificates.
- Undergraduate curricular program learning outcomes are primarily oriented toward attainment of UMD’s learning goals and outcomes as follows:
- The Liberal Education Program’s learning outcomes primarily align with campus learning outcomes 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8.
- Undergraduate majors will have at least one program learning outcome that aligns with campus learning outcome 6 for the advanced writing degree requirement.
- Undergraduate majors will have one or more program learning outcomes that align with campus learning outcome 1, and should have one or more program learning outcomes that align with campus learning outcomes 2, 3, and 4.
- Undergraduate majors may have additional program learning outcomes that align with campus learning outcomes 5, 7, 8, and/or 9.
- Undergraduate certificate programs should have one or more program learning outcomes that align with campus learning outcomes 1, 2, or 3. In cases where a discipline has an undergraduate degree program and an undergraduate certificate program, the number of program learning outcomes aligned with campus learning outcomes will be greater for the degree program than the certificate program.
- Graduate degree programs have at least one program learning goal for each of the graduate learning goal categories (program learning goals must have at least one program learning outcome). Post-baccalaureate certificates have at least one program learning outcome that aligns with the knowledge and scholarly formation goal category and may have additional learning outcomes that align with one or more additional goal categories.
- In cases where a discipline has an undergraduate program and a graduate program, program student learning outcomes will appropriately distinguish between the two degree levels such that graduate learning outcomes require a higher level of student performance than undergraduate learning outcomes.
- A curricular program student learning outcome is assessed by one or more direct measures (i.e., student work that is required by a course or program). A program student learning outcome may also be assessed by one or more indirect measures (e.g., perception survey, skills inventory).
- For programs that have specialized accreditation: assessment requirements for accrediting agencies should align with campus assessment processes to avoid duplication and unnecessary work.
*In cases where curricular programs share courses for degree requirements, a common assessment plan may be created for the common program learning outcomes.
Co-Curricular Program: A structured, student-centered program that promotes students’ academic, personal, and/or professional growth and development. Program characteristics include:
- The program’s learning outcomes are oriented toward attainment of UMD’s self-realization and life skills campus learning goals and outcomes, and may be aligned with other learning goals and outcomes.
- The program is offered in addition to the formal curricular programs specified above.
- The program may or may not carry course credit.
- For course-specific or course-embedded co-curricular program assessment, one or more direct measures of student learning is required (i.e., student work).
- For non-credit-bearing programs, assessment of student learning may rely on one or more indirect assessment methods (e.g., perception survey, skills inventory).
- The program involves a teaching component, which may or may not be delivered by faculty.
Endorsed by the UMD Assessment Subcommittee October 2, 2017