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Academic Resources for Instructors

These are general resources for SPS Faculty, Instructors, and Adjunct Faculty

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SPS Standard Syllabus Template Academic Resources

The School of Professional Studies has a standard syllabus template which all professors use. That template outlines a variety or resources (see below), such as the plagiarism policy and handbook, academic suport services, mathematics, academic writing, free citation tools, and research, that are available to all students.

Remember these resources are only useful if you make use of them!

SPS Midterm Grade Policy

The School of Professional Studies requires that all students receive a midterm grade assessing their progress to date.  Midterm grades are a key indicator for students that they are or are not performing to the expectation of Good Academic Standing, which is essential to student success in any degree program.  Communicating praise or concern along with teh grade reinforces the message, so it is important to frame your conversation with the student in a manner that promotes potential success and reason for confidence whenever possible.  Additionally, convey information concerning negative grade performance with sensitivity and options for turnaround to support a graceful response from the student.

Midterm grades for Weekly (semester) courses are published on the Trinity Academic Calendar and the SPS important Dates document, which is updated and posted to the SPS Teaching and Learning page in Moodle each semester.  The SPS Term length and Summer semester coruse midterm dates are generally set to the first day of the 6th Week, which gives the student and the advising team 3 weeks to help a student recover a passing grade in the accelerated courses.  The SPS Term length and Summer semester midterm deadlines are posted in the SPS important Dates document, which is updated and posted to the SPS Teaching and Learning page in Moodle each semester.

 Graduate Writing Rubrics

All graduate level scholarly and academic papers should be reviewed and feedback should be given to students using the SPS Graduate Writing Rubric.   The rubric covers items such as grammar and style, APA formatting and presentation, sources – citations – references, and critical thinking and logic.  This rubric is best used for scholarly papers, reserach papers, literature reviews, etcetera, and in conjunction with the SPS Publishing Style guide and the APA Publication Manual (6th ed.).  Writing projects such as grant proposals, marketing analysis, strategic planning, etcetera might make use of this rubric, however you must keep in mind the need for professional industry language rather than academic language.

As a recommendation for use instructors and professors might review, edit, comment, provide feedback throughout a student’s paper as you would normally.  Then create a worksheet (tab) with a copy of hte rubric grading key ofr each student.  Next, review each student’s marked up paper by comparing it to the rubric.  Score each section on the student’s grading key.  The grading key should automatically add up the score and provide the percent of the total (the student’s grade for the assigment).  Finally, print each each student’s grading key (worksheet, tab) to share with each student.  Or, better yet, save each tab to a PDF file and upload it in the moodle assignment with a PDF copy of the marked up assignment.

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