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date: 18 September 2019

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The purpose of this chapter is to focus on quality initiatives undertaken by the teaching community in psychology. First, we will look at formal articulation of learning expectations in guidelines for undergraduate student performance proposed by the American Psychological Association (APA). Second, we will look at the contributions of national summits dedicated to enhancing undergraduate quality. We then examine other disciplinary initiatives from both the APA and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) that support success in developing and executing high quality undergraduate psychology curricula. The chapter concludes with some speculation about what developments may lie ahead that will influence future departmental success in striving for excellence.

Keywords: learning goals, learner paradigm, undergraduate psychology curricula, standards, student learning outcomes

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