In all possible regards, the Capstone Experience should be an expression of the totality of a student’s growth, development, and learning as an undergraduate. If the Capstone experience is primarily course based (vs. internship, research, etc.) it is recommended that wherever possible, the course include high impact practices such as service learning and problem based learning. Each capstone requirement will be a minimum of a one (1) credit, credit-bearing course. A Capstone Experience may be solely based within the discipline or be interdisciplinary in nature.
Guidelines for the Review of the Capstone Experience
- Honors Thesis/Senior Research
- Course-Based Research
- Professional Practicum and Internships
- Design Projects
- Programmatic ePortfolios
- Senior-level Seminars
- Field Experiences
- Appropriately defined classroom courses
- Is the concept of an interdisciplinary capstone a possible solution for departments that have difficulty offering their own capstone course?
- How can we incentivize the creation of interdisciplinary capstone courses?
- Will UD offer grants whereby faculty can propose to create new capstone courses?
As of August, 2016, the course inventory system was revised to include capstone designation for new or existing courses. The eight exemplars listed in the capstone resolution has been revised to nine to separate Honors Thesis and Senior Research. It was the determination of the Undergraduate Studies Committee that five of the exemplars were clearly defined and would require no additional justification in the course inventory process. These five were Honors Thesis, Senior Research, Professional Practicum and Internships, Design Projects and Programmatic e-Portfolios.
The remaining four exemplars were considered to be less well defined and would require additional justification to meet the capstone criteria. The justification must show 1) how this course will require students to engage in explorations in which the outcomes are unknown; or 2) how this course will engage in self-assessment, reflection, and analysis that prepares them for future success.
A demonstration link for designating new or existing courses as Capstone has been provided on the course inventory website (http://www1.udel.edu/registrar/faculty_staff/courseinv.html) so all faculty can clearly see what information is needed.
The deadline for all departments and programs to have submitted courses and have them approved through the college for capstone designation is December 1, 2017