The purpose of a syllabus is to convey information and expectations to students. While syllabi may vary in appearance, organization, and specific content, there are several components that should be included on the basis of research and common practice in higher education. The Providence College Syllabus Guidelines were approved by the Faculty Senate in May 2014 and College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. All new course syllabi must include the required components described in the guidelines.
Syllabus Definition Task ForceMark Nowel, O.P., Undergraduate and Graduate Dean's Office/Biology (Chair) Brian Bartolini, Academic Affairs*Eric Bennett, EnglishJanet Castleman, School of Continuing EducationLaurie Grupp, Center for Teaching Excellence/Elementary/Special Education**Thomas King, Management Sheila Adamus Liotta, School of Arts & SciencesCharles Rainville, '16
*Faculty Senate Representative**Core Curriculum Committee RepresentativeCommittee ChargeDefine “course syllabus” for Providence College. Articulate the purpose of syllabi, including their standard/required and optional elements and their proper availability/dissemination; identify audiences for course syllabi and the needs of/for each; create a single course syllabus template, or multiple templates, to guide syllabus development across the College. Workgroup decision-making should be guided by the evaluation of relevant research, as well as common and preferred practices related to syllabus development in higher education.