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General Education Program

During the 2015-16 academic year, Northland College’s liberal education program underwent a comprehensive review. Out of this review, a revision to the existing, Connections, program was approved for the 2016-17 academic year, and a new liberal education program—the Liberal Education for the Environment & Society program—was approved for implementation in the 2017-18 academic year.

  • A description of the Connections program that was in place prior to 2016-17 may be found in the Connections Curriculum section of the College’s 2015-16 course catalog.
  • A description of the 2016-17 revision to the Connections curriculum may be found in the Connections Curriculum section of the College’s 2016-17 course catalog.
  • A description of the current general education program may be found in the General Education section of the College’s 2017-18 course catalog.

The goals and learning outcomes for the Connections program are summarized in this one-page document that was approved by the faculty in October of 2004 and reaffirmed prior to implementation of the Connections program in 2009.

The faculty approved goals and learning outcomes for the Liberal Education for the Environment & Society Program in April 2016.

Questions about the General Education Program at Northland College may be directed to the associate dean for academic affairs.

Program Review & Assessment

Assessment of majors and minors at Northland College is the responsibility of faculty major and minor assessment coordinators. In consultation with colleagues, these coordinators define learning outcomes for the major or minor and implement an assessment plan to guide the collection and analysis of data that demonstrates the degree to which students are achieving the learning outcomes defined for the major or minor. The results of these assessments guide revisions and adjustments to the major or minor curriculum and its delivery.

Major and minor assessment coordinators are responsible for submitting annual reports about their assessment activities. Documentation of major and minor learning outcomes, report templates, and general information about the assessment of majors and minors are available on the faculty’s Academic Assessment site.

Academic Programs are reviewed on a five- to seven-year cycle with the goals of:

  1. assuring that the academic programs of the College continue to be consistent with the mission, vision, and strategic priorities of the College;
  2. determining whether the resources allotted to the program are aligned with the needs of the program; and
  3. identifying changes that may be required to fully realize the future of the program or the larger needs of the academic program and College

The schedule for reviews is determined by the dean of the faculty in consultation with the Dean’s Council. Program coordinators and department chairs are responsible for reports that are reviewed and finalized by the Dean’s Council.

A guide for academic program reviews, which identifies the components, timelines, and activities associated with reviews was approved by the Faculty in April 2016.

Course Rotations

Academic program coordinators are responsible for maintaining two-year summaries of course offerings in their respective programs. These summaries are collected, collated, and updated in a single document on a regular basis.


Academic Program budgets are overseen and administered by department chairs. To manage your budget, click on the link below.

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