The REAL Curriculum resulted from a three-year, faculty-led general education reform process. This innovative approach acknowledges that students develop general education learning competencies within courses and majors, minors, and certificates across their entire Radford University experience. With a student-centered focus, REAL builds on the strength of academic departments and on faculty expertise. This page provides resources departments need to make the most of the REAL Curriculum. The REAL Journey section details the reform process and the outcomes of this work.

REAL Course Designation

Departments develop proposals documenting the fulfillment of REAL learning goals and outcomes [PDF] using the course designation proposal (Word). Each course for which the department seeks a REAL area, writing intensive, or personal/professional development requires a separate proposal. 

REAL Program Alignment

The program alignment proposal [Word] documents fulfillment of REAL learning goals and outcomes by majors, minors, and certificates. Departments submit completed proposals to the department and college-level curriculum committees for approval, and, once approved, proposals are forwarded to the REAL Council. Council-approved program alignment proposals then move to the Faculty Senate for review. Additional information about this process can be found in the section entitled Getting REAL.

Details about how to connect with college REAL Council representatives college curriculum committees can be found in REAL Contacts.