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How Collins Courses Are Selected

Course proposals must be submitted by October 15 (for courses to be taught the fall of the following year) and by March 15 (for courses to be taught the spring of the following year). 

Twice a year, once proposals are submitted,  the student-run Board of Educational Programmers (BOEP), in which all Collins students may participate, along with the Collins LLC Director, review all applications and choose a subset for the next step: instructor interviews. After the instructor interviews, BOEP members meet to choose 6 proposals and 2 alternates for submission to the Collins Faculty Curriculum Committee.

The Collins Faculty Curriculum Committee meets each semester, fall and spring, to review the proposals recommended by BOEP and to determine the final seminars, as well as the alternates, to be offered in the fall or the spring of the next academic year. That Committee may ask for changes in courses as a precondition for approval. The College of Arts and Sciences then gives its final approval for selected courses.  The College of Arts and Sciences gives its final approval for selected courses, subject to available funding and minimum enrollment (usually 10 students).

How BOEP works

The Collins Living-Learning Center, a unit of the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University, has been empowering students to be major stakeholders in student-centered learning since its inception in 1972.

BOEP’s primary mission is to select residential seminars at Collins that are interdisciplinary, experimental, and experiential.

Each semester, with the assistance of the Collins Director, students work as a committee to:

  • discuss the types of courses that will fulfill Collins residents’ interests and needs.
  • consult with prospective instructors to discuss course parameters.
  • read all proposals, choose instructors for interviews, run the interviews, in the process asking detailed questions about course goals and objectives, readings, projects, and opportunities to incorporate experiential learning.
  • meet to rank in order the best of the proposed courses.
  • present the chosen course proposals to the Collins Faculty Curriculum Committee. 

Typically, Collins offers seven to eight three-credit seminar courses, as well as a number of one- and two-credit Options classes per semester. Freshmen and sophomores are required to take one Collins seminar each year to satisfy the Living-Learning Center’s academic residential requirement.  Courses are also open to all undergraduate students and most fulfill College distributional requirements.

Since 1972, more than 400 such courses at Collins have been selected by students, for students, with the approval of the administration and faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences.  A number of courses developed by BOEP have become a part of the College’s regular curriculum. Initiatives include Expeditions field courses, Arts Options, Environmental Options, Service-Learning courses, and courses taught by international visiting scholars and artists.

The Collins/BOEP model for a student-centered curriculum is unique in the nation.