Course Tagging Criteria, Process, and Resources

  • Undergraduate required courses (including electives that are part of distribution requirements)
  • 3 or more credits (required 1-2 credit courses can also be tagged)
  • Courses offered regularly or at least once every three years

  • Set aside time during a program faculty meeting to review the Shared Competencies and corresponding framing language. Review the course tagging criteria and discuss which courses are eligible for tagging
  • If courses have a teaching rotation or are taught across multiple sections, engage all faculty stakeholders in a conversation about how the course tags and assignments will be consistent year to year or across course sections
  • If a course is required for multiple academic programs within a school/college (for instance, ECS101 is required for all engineering majors) consult with your associate dean/program coordinator to determine how it should be tagged for the school/college.
  • Consider using the syllabus as a motivating tool to help students connect the dots between course assignments, course learning objectives, and the course tag.¬†
  • Consider the High Impact Practices when identifying assignments in the online Course Tag Reflection Form.
  • Reflect on your curriculum map with your course tags in mind. Do students have the opportunity to learn and develop all six competencies through the required courses? If not, consider where students might develop the competencies either in liberal arts requirements and/or experiences.


  • Faculty can send a syllabus representing all sections of the course to by October 27, 2023 and the Office of Academic Affairs will tag the course. The Office of Academic Affairs will confirm the course tag(s) with faculty before finalizing the course tags. Please refer to the course tagging rubric to ensure the syllabus contains a section on course learning objectives, assignments and grade weights, and it is clear how instruction and feedback are provided to students.