Graduate Course Rigor Statement

New SACS Requirement for All Graduate Courses

SACS, our accrediting body, requires that something called a Rigor Statement appear on each MA course proposal, and on all doctoral-level syllabi and course proposals. Our graduate school is defending the requirement pretty rigorously. It is my understanding that no changes should be made to the statement, and that it should appear in those places it is required unchanged. The statement appears below, or you may download it here.

Graduate Courses Rigor Statement

o             The instructor for the 5000-level courses must be broadly and deeply conversant with the field of study and be knowledgeable in the state-of-the-art information available in textbooks and scholarly articles or electronic networks, and must hold a terminal degree in the teaching field.

o             Course Content: 5000-level courses should:

o             provide content knowledge beyond the undergraduate level,

o             make maximum use of modern technology and other available resources,

o             emphasize the analysis and synthesis of information and should expand the student's knowledge base and prepare the student for the job market at a more advanced level than those with baccalaureate degree,

o             provide knowledge of scholarly writing techniques and of research methodologies appropriate to the discipline, and

o             prepare the student for pursuing more advanced degrees.

The instructor for the doctoral level course must have prior scholarly activity experience and be broadly and deeply conversant with the field of study and be knowledgeable in the state-of-the-art information available in textbooks and scholarly articles or electronic networks, and must hold a terminal degree in the teaching field. Course Content: 6000-level courses will provide knowledge beyond the undergraduate level and be manageable by a graduate student who has completed a BS or MS in an appropriate field of study.

o             These courses will:

o             present theoretical basis for topics covered and demand a higher level of critical thinking with more intellectual rigor beyond that of 5000-level courses,

o             address advanced knowledge of the major research methodologies of the discipline,

o             build on the current research available in the field of study, and

o             provide a profound knowledge of scholarly writing techniques.

This page was last updated on: February 11, 2016