Criteria for GPAC Designation

If you are a GW faculty member and would like to submit a course for GPAC approval, please follow all of the directions on the GPAC Checklist Form. This form will be filled out directly online, with space to upload all course materials, and a button to submit at the end of the form. Once submitted, the course will be reviewed by the GPAC Committee. Submittal deadlines are November 15 for the fall semester and March 15 for the spring semester. Please allow three weeks for the committee to review your course; after that time, you will receive feedback from a committee member.

Note: courses approved in the fall will start their GPAC designation the following fall; courses approved in the spring will start their GPAC designation the following spring. 

 


Analysis (choose 1 of the 4 options if seeking “Analysis” designation)

  1. Critical Thinking: to be accepted as a “critical thinking” class, students through graded assignments must fulfill all of the learning objectives:
    • Analyze and evaluate complex information
    • Analyze scholarly literature, in particular its theoretical orientation and sources of support
    • Formulate an argument based on the analysis of that scholarly literature.
  2. Creative Thinking: to be accepted as a “creative thinking” class, students through graded assignments must fulfill at least one of the learning objectives:
    • Create a new scientific work based on a set of findings
    • Create an artistic work based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of contemporary context
    • Create a new scholarly argument based on a set of findings.
  3. Quantitative Reasoning: to be accepted as a “quantitative reasoning class,” students through graded assignments must fulfill all of the learning objectives:
    • Represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically, and verbally
    • Articulate precise mathematical definitions and propositions and draw inferences from them
    • Use algebraic, geometric, or statistical calculations to solve problems
    • Interpret and explain information represented in mathematical forms (e.g., graphs, equations, diagrams, tables)
  4. Scientific Reasoning:To be accepted as a “scientific reasoning” class, students through graded assignments must fulfill all of the learning objectives:
    • Understand the hypothetico-deductive method
    • Test hypotheses using data and scientific reasoning
    • Understand how probability theory affects interpretation of experimental results
    • Understand the difference between causation and correlation
       

Perspective (choose 1 of the 3 options if seeking “Perspective” designation) 

  1. Global Perspective: to be accepted as a “global perspectives” class, students through graded assignments must:
    • Analyze an issue in terms of its global implications
    • Frame questions, gather evidence, analyze evidence, and draw conclusions about an issue in terms of its global implications
  2. Cross-Cultural Perspective: to be accepted as a “cross-cultural perspectives” class, students through graded assignments must fulfill all of the learning objectives:
    • Identify and analyze the impact of diverse experiences and/or cultures upon human behavior, thought, and expression
    • Use cultural comparison as a tool for understanding how social, cultural, or economic contexts shape understandings and behaviors
  3. Local/Civic Engagement: to be accepted as a “local/civic engagement” class, students through graded assignments must fulfill all of the learning objectives:
    • Analyze a social issue or civic concern
    • Propose an intervention or solution based on broader theoretical knowledge
    • Balance diverse perspectives in deciding whether to act; 4) distinguish the multiple consequences and implications of their actions
       

Oral Communication

If seeking designation as an “Oral Communication” course, students through at least two graded oral presentations must fulfill all of the learning objectives:

  1. Identify significant presentation topics
  2. Prepare presentations that have a clear thesis and persuasive argument
  3. Demonstrate topical and disciplinary knowledge through well-crafted and audience-appropriate language
  4. Demonstrate vocal and physical qualities that augment content and maintain audience interest. At least 15% of the course grade must be based on the oral presentations. Ideally, there should be at least a 10 minute presentation per student. Both written feedback and course content must address good oral communications.