13-Point Basic Syllabus Evaluation Rubric

Decorative: A mug on which is written, "Did you check the syllabus?"


"Syllabus Evaluation Rubric" (pdf) defines 13 characteristics of effective syllabi, such as tone and diversity of teaching approaches (from Cornell University's Center for Teaching Excellence).

  • Each characteristic is assessed by specific criteria that determine whether a considered syllabus reflects "Beginning," "Emerging," or "Exemplary" pedagogical skill.

Assessed Syllabus Characteristics

  • Course description
  • Overall tone
  • Course outcomes
  • Course format
  • Instructor's beliefs & assumptions
  • Class schedule
  • Assignments required
  • Academic policies & procedures
  • Assessment of students' learning
  • Alignment
  • Diversity of teaching & assessment methods
  • Continuity of feedback to students on their learning
  • Opportunities for students to provide evaluative course input
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