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Evaluating the Syllabus

Scale Format
Penn State Faculty Senate Syllabus Requirements
yes

no

Detailed explanation of grading provided


Comment:
Examination policy explained
(evening exam schedule, if necessary)
Comment:
Academic Integrity Statement included
Comment:
Syllabus subject to change statement included
Comment:

Penn State Faculty Senate Recommendations


yes

no

Disability Statement included


Comment:

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Clarity and Tone


Syllabus is clear
Comment:

NA

Format of the syllabus is clear and consistent


throughout
Comment:

NA

The syllabus is free of spelling and grammatical


errors
Comment:

NA

Syllabus sets a positive and respectful tone for


the class
Comment:

NA

Rights and responsibilities of both students and


faculty are clearly defined
Comment:

NA

Communication (student-student; facultystudent) is encouraged


Comment:

NA

Active and collaborative learning is encouraged

NA

Course objectives are correctly written and


clearly expressed
Comment:

NA

Teaching methods are clearly defined


Comment:

NA

Comment:

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www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu
revised 7-10-2007

Course Policies
Syllabus clearly describes grading policies

NA

Weighting of exams and projects is clearly


defined
Comment:

NA

Policies for missed exams and assignments are


clearly addressed
Comment:

NA

Attendance requirements and lateness policies


are clearly articulated (if appropriate)
Comment:

NA

Lab policies are clearly defined (if appropriate)


Comment:

NA

Assessment/evaluation techniques are defined

NA

NA

NA

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www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu
revised 7-10-2007

Course Characteristics
Content and skills described are realistic for an
academic course at this level
Comment:

NA

Course schedule and pace is realistic

NA

Requirements for the course are clearly


articulated
Comment:

NA

Supplementary materials and course resources


are clearly identified
Comment:

NA

NA

NA

NA

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Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence Penn State 301 Rider Building University Park, PA 16802
www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu
revised 7-10-2007