The Montana University System Recognizes Neurosciences Courses with Their Own Rubric: NEUR
It has been many months in making, but the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education recently adopted NEUR as a new rubric for Neuroscience courses across the Montana University System. This designation reflects both the growth of UM’s Neuroscience major and the recognition of neuroscience as an independent and highly relevant field of scientific education and research. As UM’s Neuroscience major is a collaborative interdisciplinary effort involving multiple colleges and departments, courses originally developed for the major used rubrics aligned with those different departments, including Biology, Psychology and Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences. Adopting the NEUR rubric will make neuroscience courses easier to identify and course planning more straightforward. It also helps UM highlight its Neuroscience major and courses outside of Montana, as a number of regional universities, including Washington State University, the University of Washington, and the University Utah also employ neuroscience-specific rubrics. The NEUR rubric will be in place for Autumn semester 2021. Questions regarding the new rubric, the effected neuroscience courses, and registration can be directed to the advisor for the Neuroscience major, Rebecca Kranitz.