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Start Fall with an Updated Syllabus!

Students make their way to class early in the 2022 fall semester across the Court of North Carolina, with the 1911 Building as a backdrop. Photo by Becky Kirkland.

You may have received notification this summer that NC State is retiring its syllabus tool during the Fall 2023 semester. As an alternative to this tool, there is an updated and refreshed Syllabus Template for faculty to copy and use to build their course syllabi. If you’ve used the syllabus template in the past, we recommend that you take a look at the changes that we’ve made and refresh your syllabus for your fall classes.

The updated syllabus template adheres to the NC State’s course syllabus regulation, which requires that the syllabus include the following:

  • Official catalog information about the course and instructor contact information
  • Student learning outcomes
  • Course structure, grading regime and scale, schedule, and digital components
  • Student expenses
  • Course policies (including those for late assignments and attendance) and several other NC State policies
  • Statements about academic integrity, accommodations for students with disabilities, and privacy and safety.

The latest update aligns the syllabus template with best practices as recommended by Quality Matters (QM). QM is a non-profit organization that aims to promote and improve course quality by developing a set of standards and corresponding rubric for the review of courses. QM offers certification for courses with online components that meet its standards at a high level. Learn more about QM at DELTA’s Course Quality page.

You can view the updates to DELTA’s syllabus on this annotated version of the new template. Highlighted changes include updates to better incorporate all parts of the NC State Syllabus Regulation and notations that indicate parts that are required components. Other updates include clear template language and suggestions about course communication, an updated link to privacy and accessibility statements for each NC State enterprise instructional technology, clearer information about the mode of delivery of the course, and an updated section on suggested community guidelines.  

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