Requisite Amnesty Program

Explanation of Terms 
Requisite = the academic preparation of all students required to be successful in a course. Requisites could take the form of a prerequisite or co-requisite. 
  • Prerequisite = the academic preparation of all students required to be successful in a course, needed to be completed prior to the start of the course.  
  • Co-requisite = the academic preparation of all students required to be successful in a course, which is taken concurrent with the course 
Requisites are  enforced at the time of enrollment in the student information system (SIS) via a requirement group. (Ex. The prerequisite for a QR-B course is “Satisfied Quantitative Reasoning (QR) A requirement”. The requirement group used to enforce the prior completion of QR-A is 001859, which includes completion via a QR-A course, UW Math placement exam results, and AP/IB test credit. An in-progress course can provisionally be used as a prerequisite at the time of enrollment. 

 Why enforce requisites?
 Institutional research has shown that students who enroll in courses without the required preparation have higher rates of D, F and Drops than students who are appropriately prepared. Enforcing requisites is a way to ensure that students are only enrolling in courses that they are prepared for. We want students to make smart decisions about their education and they need to be provided with clear, consistent information to do so. 
  • D/F/DR rates are higher for students who don’t have the course prerequisite; targeted minority students and first generation in college students are more likely to enroll in a course without having the necessary pre-requisites. 
  • Overall, 8% of undergraduate course outcomes are D/F/Drop – this represents a large number of seats that do not result in students making progress toward degree.

What is the Requisite Amnesty Program?
Prior to the implementation of the PeopleSoft student information system (aka SIS) in 1999, the enrollment system was not able to enforce course prerequisites. Historically course requisites were listed at the bottom of the course description as free form text (Prereq> ...). It was up to instructors to persuade students who enrolled in the course without the proper preparation that they should drop the course. The implementation of SIS created the technical ability to enforce prerequisites as well as use enrollment controls to limit who can enroll in a high demand course. The technical capacity to do this did not automatically mean that the campus culture or habits changed.  There was also no requirement that the text included with Prereq>  would match what was being enforced by the enrollment system.

New - Recently course information was updated to remove the Prereq> followed by free form text in favor of displaying the text that is part of the enforced requisite in a separate field labeled "Requisites" and reserving the text and the end of the course description (now labeled Enroll Info:) for free form text that may provide students with additional information about  recommended preparation, the intended audience for the course or other information that is not part of the enforced requisite but would be useful information for a student interested in enrolling to know. This is not a place to list enforceable requisites, how the course might meet requirements for a specific program or any other information that can be found elsewhere.

The University Curriculum Committee resolved that in the interest of student success a project should be undertaken to:

1. Ensure that was it stated as a course requisite is what is being enforced by the enrollment system
2. Remove text that is unenforceable and/or is not relevant
3. Display the enforced course requisite with the description and other course related information in clear, consistent language.

As of September 1, 2015 all course proposals (new and change) that go through the course approval process must have requisites that are enforceable in the enrollment system.

Accomplishing these objectives for the approximately 9,000 courses that currently exist within the structure of the course proposal process would require an extraordinary amount of resources.  Since the faculty in the units that are responsible for the subject listings are those who are most knowledgeable about the academic preparation necessary to be successful in the course, the UCC has granted the subject owners and their school or college the authority to revise course requisites using a spreadsheet rather than by individual course change proposal.  Once the school or college has approved the changes the spreadsheet will be reviewed administratively to ensure that the changes meet all requirements.

NEW Re: Graduate Course Attribute and Removal of Crosslisted Subjects – Updated Information  (March 2018)
The University Curriculum Committee recently approved a request to expand the types of course catalog information that can be changed via the Requisite Amnesty Program (RAP).  It is now possible to remove the graduate course attribute using the RAP spreadsheet. It is recognized that subject owners may have been a little generous in requesting the grad attribute during the initial implementation project and now that they are being required to include graduate student appropriate requisites are realizing that the course shouldn’t have the grad attribute.  We want to make it easy to accomplish this because there really isn’t a need for review or any type of judgement call if the subject owner says the course in fact is not designed for graduate students.  

It is also now possible for the subject owner to remove their subject from a crosslisted course. Since there isn’t a solid reason to crosslist courses now that the university has a searchable online catalog and schedule of classes and considering that crosslisting has resource costs, there is a compelling reason to make it easy to remove a crosslist if the crosslisted subject is not acting as a full partner in offering the course. It is not acceptable to remove other crosslisted subjects via RAP, just the subject that the RAP sheet is for (ex.  MATH can’t remove COMP SCI via the MATH RAP spreadsheet).

To remove the grad attribute or a crosslisted subject via a Requisite Amnesty Program spreadsheet, highlight the cell or text in yellow that will be removed.  

Remember the only possible changes are removal of the grad attribute or removal of the subject that is completing the RAP spreadsheet as a crosslist partner.

Materials for Subject Owners 

After reading the guidelines those who are ready to participate in the Requisite Amnesty Program should email Michelle Young to request a spreadsheet with all courses in the subject listing.

Keywords:requisite   Doc ID:75432
Owner:Michelle Y.Group:Courses and Academic Programs
Created:2017-08-11 12:53 CDTUpdated:2018-04-22 12:55 CDT
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