Criteria for Propsal Evaluation and Decision Making:
(1) The committee uses the following criteria to evaluate each course proposal:
- Does the proposal present clear, relevant, and challenging learning objectives?
- Does the proposal present fair, appropriate, and comprehensive means of evaluation?
- Does the proposal present meaningful readings?
- Does the proposal reveal the instructor’s expertise?
- Will the course have a sizeable audience? (e.g., topic not obscure, hasn’t been taught too often, not duplicating subject of another interim, not going to same locale as another interim)
- Are there important resource implications related to teaching this course (e.g., unreasonable staffing, library or lab expenditures)?
- Is the course a creative use of the interim term?
- Does the course serve broader college goals?
- If off campus, is the budget reasonable?
- If off campus, does the itinerary makes sense?
(2) After evaluating individual proposals, the committee makes decisions about the slate of interim courses to be offered. The following principles will guide its decision-making:
- The committee will restrict the course offerings (both on and off- campus) to number that enrollment history suggests can be sustained.
- The committee will restrict the course offerings to avoid multiple courses covering similar topics, serving similar student populations, and--in the case of off-campus courses--traveling to similar locales. An approach that lets the market decide which courses make a go of it hurts the chances of every course and creates significant administrative problems.