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Yes! Is it true that you can request any NUpath attribute regardless of department or the level of the course or the semester hours of the course because the NUpath requirements are competency based and not course based, this provides flexibility for our students to choose the context in which you experience learning the competency. Being competency based also ensures the rigor of meeting the NUpath requirements because the learning goals set the achievement level – not course content or level. Analyzing and Using Data, for example, can be learned in the context of fields as diverse as electrical engineering, or psychology, or international business, or music industry. The review process for approving courses for Analyzing and Using Data (and for any requirement), require that the course provides students with the opportunities to engage with the course material to achieve the same high-bar learning goals – regardless of the topic of the course.

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No!! Because the NUpath requirements are competency based and not course based, there no level restrictions or course semester hour restrictions. You can fulfill NUpath requirements with course from 1000 level through 5000 level, and from 1 SH to 4 SH. This provides flexibility to you as a learner to not only choose the context in which you experience learning the competency, but to acquire that competency when it makes sense along your own personal academic path. Being competency based also ensures the rigor of meeting the NUpath requirements because the learning goals set the achievement level – not course content or level.

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There are several ways to find out. 1) You can run report through the Dashboard {hyperlink Dashboard} tool. If you need further instructions, then check out the tutorial under Resources {hyperlink}. 2) You can run a self-service audit. 3) You can find out in the University Catalog. [NOTE: some majors do not yet have this available and some do.] Still in Doubt? Check with your academic advisor.

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Yes!! Many NUpath requirements are met by your major requirements either inside or outside your major department. Because the NUpath requirements are competency based and not course based, this provides flexibility to you as a learner to choose the context in which you experience learning the competency. Being competency based also ensures the rigor of meeting the NUpath requirements because the learning goals set the achievement level – not course content or level.

Analyzing and Using Data, for example, can be learned in the context of fields as diverse as electrical engineering, or psychology, or international business, or music industry. So once you find out which NUpath requirements are met by your major requirements, be sure to check out your minor or concentration requirements, too. Then pick something you are interested in exploring in order to meet your remaining NUpath requirements!

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Because the NUpath requirements are competency based and not course based, a single course can count for up to two of the following requirements:

  • Natural and Designed World,
  • Creative Expression and Innovation,
  • Interpreting Culture,
  • Formal and Quantitative Reasoning,
  • Societies and Institutions,
  • Analyzing and Using Data,
  • Differences and Diversity, and
  • Ethical Reasoning

The 3 additional requirements (Writing Intensive in the Major, Capstone, and Experiential) are not limited. So, for example, a course may have 2 out of the first list (like Differences and Diversity and Societies and Institutions), and ALSO be writing intensive and experiential.

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Check out the Course Dashboard! The Dashboard is a list of all courses that are approved for NUpath attributes. You can filter the list by College, by Subject Code (course prefix), and/or by desired NUpath attribute or multiple attributes. You can also find out through your self-service audit or by the course catalog description

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The Dashboard is a list of all courses that are approved for NUpath attributed. You can filter the list by College, by Subject Code (course prefix), and/or by desired NUpath attribute. Check it out! and see the “Students & Advisors” page for more information on why and how to use.

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Yes. You can meet up to 5 of the NUpath requirements through any combination of transferred credits and/or test-based credits such as AP or IB. There are three exceptions to this rule: 1) you cannot transfer credit for Capstone, 2) you cannot transfer credit for Integrating Knowledge and Skills through Experience, and 3) you cannot transfer credit for Writing Intensive in the major. Check out the Transfer Database for specific attributes per course or test.

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Yes. You can meet up to 5 of the NUpath requirements through any combination of transferred credits and/or test-based credits such as AP or IB. There are three exceptions to this rule: 1) you cannot transfer credit for Capstone, 2) you cannot transfer credit for Integrating Knowledge and Skills through Experience, and 3) you cannot transfer credit for Writing Intensive in the major. Check out the Transfer Database for specific attributes per course or test.

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The UUCC is the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.  It is composed of members across all colleges of the University including CPS and a representative of the undergraduate student body.  It also includes representation from the registrar’s office and the library.  The UUCC is charged by the Faculty Senate to “consider and make recommendations to the Senate concerning any proposals for undergraduate curriculum changes.”  The UUCC is “the Senate’s designee in considering interdepartmental and intercollege disputes arising from matters concerning courses or programs offered or proposed.” [Quotes are from the current UUCC Bylaws.]

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The Departments/Units develop Learning Goals appropriate to their Capstone course(s).

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No. You are limited to two of the following NUpath Requirements per course:

  • Natural and Designed World
  • Creative Expression and Innovation
  • Interpreting Culture
  • Formal and Quantitative Reasoning
  • Societies and Institutions
  • Analyzing and Using Data
  • Differences and Diversity
  •  Ethical Reasoning.

However, a course with two of the Requirements in the list above CAN ALSO be a Capstone Course – and can also be Writing Intensive.

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No. You are limited to two of the following NUpath Requirements per course:

  • Natural and Designed World
  • Creative Expression and Innovation
  • Interpreting Culture
  • Formal and Quantitative Reasoning
  • Societies and Institutions
  • Analyzing and Using Data
  • Differences and Diversity
  •  Ethical Reasoning.

However, a course with two of the Requirements in the list above CAN ALSO be Writing Intensive.

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Yes.  See the Detailed Course NUpath graphic of the process for more information.

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You will be notified via CourseLeaf and feedback will be provided as appropriate. You may revise and re-submit. See this graphic of the process for more information, or contact UUCC Chairperson Kate Ziemer.

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