190.9 May Experience Oversight Committee Operating Procedures

Created by: Jeremy Cass on 04/13/2015
Category: 1 - Academic Affairs; 90 - Miscellaneous
Originator: Academic Policies Committee; May Experience Oversight Committee
Current File: 190.9
Adoption Date: 04/13/2015
Reviewed for Currency: 04/13/2015
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190.9 May Experience Oversight Committee Operating Procedures


A. Background 

Approved as a part of the curriculum-calendar reform instituted in 2008, The May Experience is an optional three-week term following spring commencement. The Faculty Constitution, as amended in 2015, establishes the May Experience Oversight Committee as the standing faculty committee charged with the administration of The May Experience.


B. Policy

The May Experience Oversight Committee is responsible for promoting The May Experience, for ensuring that the courses taught during The May Experience are both innovative and intensive academic experiences, and for evaluating the ongoing success of the program.



C. Guidelines

1.  Course Recommendation

The Committee will examine course proposals for The May Experience and make recommendations for approval to the Curriculum Committee. A proposal that is not recommended by the Committee will be returned to the proposer with deficiencies noted and with recommendations for improvement prior to the proposal’s resubmission.

2.  Course Development

The Committee will make recommendations and offer advice to faculty who are interested in participating in The May Experience. Such advice and recommendations might include suggestions for strengthening a course proposal and/or referrals for consultation with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) or the library faculty about pedagogical concerns.

3. Faculty Support and Recruitment

The Committee, with the help of CTL, shall provide opportunities for faculty who are participating in or thinking of participating in the program to develop and refine the teaching skills required by The May Experience. These opportunities might include workshops, small-group discussion sessions, individual advice sessions, and panel discussions. Such opportunities will be scheduled at various times throughout the academic year, as well as in the summer.

4.  Evaluation

The Committee shall monitor the implementation of the program and conduct ongoing program evaluation.

5.  Funding for Program Support

With funds provided annually by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, the Committee will develop a budget to support programming for activities described in C.3. and to address special needs that arise, on a case-by-case basis, for the course offerings during The May Experience.