Assessment, the Academic Year, Programs of Study
The University of North Dakota is committed to assessment of student learning as part of an on-going effort to improve teaching and learning in courses and programs across campus. Every degree-granting program offered at UND has identified goals for student learning within the program. Learning outcomes are identified in several areas outside the major as well, including the institution as a whole, the Essential Studies program, and many student services programs. Each program with identified learning outcomes has also developed a plan for assessing learning in relation to those goals; assessment activities are carried out yearly and reported in the departmental annual assessment report, as described in the University Assessment Plan. For more information about assessment planning, activities, and findings, or to see assessment plans for various programs or the University Assessment Plan, please see the website of the University Assessment Committee at: http://www.und.edu/university-senate/assessment/.
The Academic Year
The academic year is divided into two semesters, each approximately 16 weeks in length: the first, beginning near the end of August and ending prior to Christmas; the second, beginning in mid-January and extending to mid-May. A Summer Session begins in May and concludes in August. The UND Summer Session offers a variety of courses, workshops, institutes and special programs of various lengths. See the academic calendar.
Programs of Study
The University of North Dakota’s academic programs are described elsewhere in this catalog. Please see the listings of the colleges and schools and listings of the undergraduate and graduate departments and program areas. See also the A-Z index or the Fields of Study list on the web at: www.und.edu/academics/registrar/fields-of-study.cfm.