Resources for Preparing for the Review of a General Education Course

General Education courses represent the foundational knowledge, skills, and competencies that students at IUPUI will need to know and be able to do in order to succeed in upper-division courses and to be prepared as well-rounded college graduates.

The Undergraduate Affairs Committee (UAC) is the faculty-led and sanctioned body charged with approving General Education courses and ensuring their alignment with the Statewide Transfer General Education Core (STGEC).  Presently, UAC has approved nearly 300 IUPUI courses as part of the General Education inventory on our campus.

Ongoing review of General Education Courses will be used by the UAC to: (1) promote student learning and success across the undergraduate student experience, with a particular focus on foundational courses; (2) ensure that General Education courses have learning outcomes evidence of learning aligned with the STGEC; (3) recognize promising teaching and learning practices that might be adapted and scaled to other courses, programs, and departments at IUPUI and elsewhere; (4) identify ongoing sources of professional development needs that can be addressed through a variety of sources (e.g., CTL; Gateway to Graduation); and (5) model the spirit of peer review, continuous improvement, and innovation as a hallmark of a comprehensive-yet-flexible General Education program.


Review Process

Checklist UAC Course Portfolio Requirements . This checklist contains detailed information about what needs to be provided in a general education course portfolio for the review. This is your primary guide for determining what information you need to prepare, evidence you need to collect and include in your course portfolio.

Review Guide for Course Portfolio . This guide has the criteria that reviewers will use to review general education course portfolios. Use it to make sure your course portfolio contains all the needed elements that will be reviewed.

Gen Ed Core Courses Review Schedule. This document lists all of the general education courses and the semester that data collection should occur, the portfolio due date, and the semester of review for each course. Check this schedule to find out or confirm when your course will be reviewed.

Frequently Asked Questions about the General Education Review Process . This document has responses to questions that were often asked by faculty who need to develop course portfolios for the review of general education courses.

Revised Course Proposal Form for IUPUI General Education Core . This form is used to propose that a course be approved to be part of the IUPUI General Education Core. The form that was submitted when a course was first approved may be helpful when preparing a course portfolio because it contains a table that shows the alignment between student learning outcomes, IUPUI Principle(s) of Undergraduate Learning, Statewide Competency Domain and Learning Outcomes, and Mechanism for Assessing Student Learning to Determine that Outcomes Has Been Achieved. The revised form shows the alignment with the IUPUI Profiles in Learning for Undergraduate Success (IUPUI+) rather than with the Principles for Undergraduate Learning (PULs).

IUPUI Undergraduate Affairs Committee Roster . The Undergraduate Affairs Committee (UAC) is a standing faculty oversight and advisory body for the IUPUI campus comprised of associate deans and faculty members engaged in leading undergraduate curricula from across all schools conferring undergraduate degrees. It oversees curricula and policies associated with the IUPUI General Education Core, including the review and coordination of undergraduate curriculum changes involving general education courses. Check the committee roster to find out who is your school representative. If you have questions about the review of general education courses, they may be able to help.

Institutional Research and Decision Support (IRDS). To access DFWI Reports for your course, go to the IRDS website at Click on Students in the top navigation bar, then click on DFWI Reports  OR go directly to Tableau at

Course Portfolio Examples

AFRO A 140 Sample Course Portfolio This document contains the  AFRO A 140 course portfolio prepared by Les Etienne and Joseph Tucker Edmonds in September 2018.

COMM C180 Course Portfolio . This document contains the COMM C180 course portfolio put together by Elizabeth Goering in February 2018.

General Education

IUPUI General Education Core . Information about the IUPUI General Education Core can be found on this site.

Statewide Transfer General Education Core . The Indiana Commission for Higher Education prepared this document which describes the framework for the Statewide Transfer General Education Core (STGEC), including the categories and competencies of the framework and the statewide learning outcomes for each competency. For your course portfolio, the course learning outcomes need to be aligned with the appropriate statewide learning outcomes, which are typically the same ones identified in the Course Proposal Form that was submitted when the course was first approved as a general education course.

Statewide Transfer General Education Core.  The learning outcomes for each Statewide Transfer General Core competency are listed in this Word Document, so they are easy to copy and paste into your own document.

Student Learning Outcomes

Writing and Assessing Student Learning Outcomes . This Center for Teaching and Learning resource may be helpful if you need to write or revise course student learning outcomes.

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). The mission of NILOA is to discover and disseminate ways that academic programs and institutions can productively use assessment data internally to inform and strengthen undergraduate education, and externally to communicate with policy makers, families and other stakeholders. This site may be helpful if you are interested in digging deeper into how to use student learning outcomes for assessment.

Profiles of Learning for Undergraduate Success: IUPUI+. The PULs were revised and renamed the Profiles of Learning for Undergraduate Success and approved by the IUPUI Faculty Council on May 1, 2018.

IUPUI Principles of Undergraduate Learning (PULs). Information about the IUPUI Principles of Undergraduate Learning may be found on this site.

IUPUI PULs.  The IUPUI Principles of Undergraduate Learning (PULs) are listed in this Word Document, so they are easy to copy and paste into your own document.

Assessment of Student Learning

Direct and Indirect Measures of Student Learning . The definitions and examples of direct and indirect measures of student learning are provided in this handout created by Michele Hansen.

AAC&U Value Rubrics . The VALUE Rubric Development Project developed 16 VALUE rubrics for the LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes and all of the rubrics may be downloaded from this site.


Designing a Transparent Assignment . This checklist created by Mary-Ann Winkelmes as part of the TILT (Transparency in Learning and Teaching) project might be helpful if you are redesigning assignments in your course.

DQP Assignment Library . The purpose of this website is to provide a searchable online library of collegiate-level course assignments in a wide variety of academic disciplines that link to one or more proficiencies in the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP). If you are considering creating a signature assignment or revising an assignment for your course, you may find helpful examples on this site.


Preparing for the Review of a General Education Course Workshop: As IUPUI begins the process of reviewing general education courses, course coordinators or faculty responsible for preparing course portfolios for review may have questions about the information and materials that need to go into the portfolios. This workshop will provide an overview of the course review process, a review of course portfolio requirements, the process for assembling and submitting the portfolio, and the rubric that will be used to review the course portfolios. Examples from existing course portfolios will be incorporated into the workshop. Questions and discussion will be encouraged. Check the CTL Events Listing for upcoming dates.

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