Syllabi Guidelines

From the Office of the Provost….


Mandated by HB 2504

  1. Include instructor’s name and course title;
  2. Standard fonts should be used (Times/Times New Roman, Ariel/Helvetia, Verdana or Courier);
  3. Provide a description of each major course requirement, including each major assignment and examination;
  4. List any required or recommended meeting
  5. Provide a general description of the subject matter of each lecture or discussion;
  6. Faculty should forward syllabi to the department’s archivist (normally the secretary), who will upload them


For SACSCOC

  1. The syllabus for any required course in a degree program should contain a list of the program’s Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs); formerly called PLOs.
  2. The syllabi for any course, required or not, that is listed in the program narrative matrix as a course that is used to assess the academic program should contain a list of the program’s primary learning objectives;
  3. Each syllabus should contain five or six student learning objectives;
  4. The list of objectives should begin with “The student will be able to…” not “The professor will…”;
  5. The learning objectives will roughly cover three major areas:
    1. Knowledge (lowest order of critical thinking: define, list, paraphrase, identify, describe, explain);
    2. Skills (middle order or critical thinking: chart, solve, design, prepare, apply, demonstrate);
    3. Attitudes or dispositions (highest order of critical thinking: compare, evaluate,, infer, conclude, critique, judge);
  6. Knowledge (lowest order of critical thinking: define, list, paraphrase, identify, describe, explain);
  7. Skills (middle order or critical thinking: chart, solve, design, prepare, apply, demonstrate);
  8. Attitudes or dispositions (highest order of critical thinking: compare, evaluate,, infer, conclude, critique, judge);
  9. “Match” your assignments, so that both students and SACSCOC can understand your plan of action toward achieving these student learning outcomes;
  10. “Match” your assessment methods so that both students and SACSCOC can determine how you will measure whether or not this learning has occurred.


ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)

  1. Include a statement related to accommodating students with disabilities. Sample:  Sul Ross State University is committed to equal access in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1973.  It is the student’s responsibility to initiate a request for accessibility services.  Students seeking accessibility services must contact Mary Schwartze, M. Ed., L.P.C., in Counseling and Accessibility Services, Ferguson Hall, Room 112.  The mailing address is P.O. Box C-122, Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas    Telephone: 432-837-8691. E-mail:  mschwartze@sulross.edu .  


For web courses

  1. Place the following statement on your syllabus:
Distance Education Statement: Students enrolled in distance education courses have equal access to the university’s academic support services, such as Smarthinking, library resources, such as online databases, and instructional technology support. For more information about accessing these resources, visit the SRSU website. Students should correspond using Sul Ross email accounts and submit online assignments through Blackboard, which requires secure login information to verify students’ identities and to protect students’ information. [If the course requires students to take proctored exams or to purchase additional software or equipment, please describe those requirements here.] The procedures for filing a student complaint are included in the student handbook. Students enrolled in distance education courses at Sul Ross are expected to adhere to all policies pertaining to academic honesty and appropriate student conduct, as described in the student handbook. Students in web-based courses must maintain appropriate equipment and software, according to the needs and requirements of the course, as outlined on the SRSU website.


Just a good idea:

  1. Include the university’s name on the syllabi.


Revised:  revised June 23, 2016