DDC Course and Application Review Process

Fall 2019 Course application deadlines: Sept. 20, 2019 and Oct. 4, 2019.

Winter 2020 application deadlines: Dec. 20, 2019, Jan. 24, 2020, Feb. 14, 2020.

Do not use the new Curriculum Management Software form. Use the PDF application forms linked below, and send to Pam Pennock, ppennock@umich.edu.

 

The Dearborn Discovery Core Subcommittee has the responsibility of reviewing all faculty requests for course approvals into the Dearborn Discovery Core. The Subcommittee shall meet once in early Fall semester and twice in the Winter semester. 

All faculty who are seeking to have courses approved to be a part of the Dearborn Discovery Core need to follow one of two processes:

  1. All existing courses requiring no changes (i.e., course description change, etc.) can be sent directly to Pam Pennock.
  2. New courses must go through the regular curriculum review process within a faculty member's college before being submitted for inclusion in the Dearborn Discovery Core.

To initiate the general education course approval process, faculty need to complete one of the Dearborn Discovery Core Action Request Forms for a given category of the general education program (e.g., Written and Oral Communication, Quantitative Thinking and Problem Solving, Critical and Creative Thinking, etc.). Faculty should consult with their discipline/program colleagues when making a determination to propose a course for inclusion into the Dearborn Discovery Core. All completed forms can be sent directly to Pam Pennock unless the faculty's college and/or department has stipulated additional review requirements. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions about the DDC and its application process

DDC Assessment and Application Process
This video provides faculty and staff with useful information about the Dearborn Discovery Core's application and assessment processes.
Mitch Sollenberger and Pam Pennock

Dearborn Discovery Core Action Request (Application) Forms

Upper Level Writing Intensive Courses

In April 2017, the DDC committee approved the following stipulation for courses in the Upper Level Writing category:

"Courses eligible for the Upper Level Writing Intensive category should have at least 50% of the graded work consist of writing assignments. Of those writing assignments, at least one assignment should require students to employ a writing process that includes revision (for example, drafts are peer reviewed and/or read and critiqued by instructor) with the expectation of producing a substantial, polished piece of writing."

 

The DDC committee recommends these best practices for faculty teaching Writing Intensive courses.

Exemplar Course Forms and Supporting Documents

Quantitative Thinking and Problem Solving
Written and Oral Communication

Important features of the review process:

A course approved for the Dearborn Discovery Core is valid for all future semesters unless that course is not offered within a two-year period or faculty fail to complete an assessment report when required to do so.

Please contact Associate Provost Sollenberger if you have any questions.

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