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WKU Faculty-Led USA: Faculty Resources

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Course Design


A solid learning plan places a priority on the academic learning outcomes determined by the destination(s).

The plan should address the goals of providing:

  1. meaningful academic content,
  2. opportunities for personal growth,and
  3. improved cultural awareness.


Designing Faculty-Led USA Courses

  • FLP USA courses are WKU credit-bearing course for which a substantial portion of the course includes travel to destinations in which a US citizen does not need a passport.
  • These courses are either led by or with approval of WKU faculty or other appropriate WKU employee.
  • A FLP USA course is set-up in Banner with specific attributes that define it as a FLP USA course.
  • Most courses are offered in the Winter or Summer, with some occurring withing the Spring and Fall semesters (considered faculty-led embedded courses).


Colonnade Courses

Colonnade courses are an important component for WKU faculty-led programs.  The Connection level in particular are well suited for faculty-led programs or you may want to create a new Colonnade course specifically designed for your program.

Learn more.


Graduate Section

Program leaders may wish to add a graduate section as well.  Again, a separate syllabus is normally included in the proposal.


Honors Course Options

Honors Augmentation

If the course is an upper-division, faculty-led course, then student can do an Honors Augmentation contract.  There does not need to be a different syllabus.  The student contracts the project with the professor, and then it is approved by the Honors College before the start of the summer term.

Learn more here

Honors Embedded Section 

Or you may choose to offer an embedded Honors section (HEEC).  For this, a separate syllabus with the additional Honors requirements is included with the proposal.  It is best to contact the Honors College for details on how best to create an honors section.

Learn more here.



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 Last Modified 7/19/19