Guidelines for Approval of Critical Thinking Courses
by the Academic Policies Committee
Approved by Faculty Association 2/18/2004
The criteria the APC will use to approve critical thinking
designated course proposals are the
1. Content should emphasize one or more of
the critical thinking themes included in the 2003 Bush grant (analysis,
evaluation and inference.)
2. Assessment should include
a. Assessment of students (the development
of their critical thinking skills their understanding of what is meant by
b. Assessment of the course.
of the rubric form and standards from the Bush 2003 grant is encouraged. Each
faculty member teaching a critical thinking course is asked to submit an
evaluation report to the Faculty Development Committee at the end of the
academic year in which the course is offered.
3. Evidence that the instructor is
qualified in the teaching of critical thinking through training opportunities
or other avenues.
4. The process as well as the content of
critical thinking needs to be conveyed to students.
If a course is once approved, offered and evaluated,
subsequent offerings of the course do not require new approval if there is no
major change in syllabus or course instructor