A domain is a collective group of required/optional items that are related by topic. You may think of them as pillars, levels, or learning outcomes, which have path items that act as units towards completion of that domain. The level or domain is completed when the items assigned to it are fulfilled.

A domain CANNOT be assigned to more than one path at the same time. However, path items can be assigned to more than one domain within ONE path at the same time. Please be aware of the flexibility you have with path items. How you decide to set up your program is based on the criteria within your path items and what they count towards.


Examples of Domains

Here are some examples of domains other colleges have used previously.

  • Assessment
  • Campus Experience
  • Career Commitment
  • Civic Engagement
  • Healthy Life
  • Engagement
  • Intercultural Fluency
  • Interpersonal Competency
  • Leadership Development
  • Servant Leadership

Creating a Domain

First, head to the Admin view of your Switchboard, and from this area click on the Paths drop-down and then Domains.


The page that loads will show every domain within your Engage system. Click Create Domain to begin constructing your new domain.

Enter a name and description. The name will be presented to students in many places, and the description can also be viewed when the student clicks a button on their Path map to see domain details. If you want to, you can add an image by clicking Choose File and selecting an image from your computer to act as an icon for the domain. We recommend square images 500px by 500px, but larger images will work as well; whatever you choose, it's best if all domain images be of the same size and square in their dimensions.



Select the Path you would like to connect to the domain you created. We suggest skipping the Path Items drop-down for now, you can return to add these later. You won't have created any path items at this point; this option is meant more for editing the items added to the domain in a later step.

Finally, determine whether completion of the domain requires only required items, or if it should also require a number of optional items by entering the amount of optional items. Click Save to finish your domain!

Editing an existing Domain

To edit a domain, click the name of the domain you wish to modify from the list of domains. You can modify any aspect of the domain from this page except for the path the domain is associated with. To add Path Items, click in the drop down to add an item to the list. You can click and drag any of the selections below the dropdown to rearrange their display order. If you wish to remove an item, simply hit the red "X" mark to the right of the item.

Adding or removing a Domain from a Path

When you remove a Domain from a Path, a user’s credit is removed. If you reassign the domain back to the Path, it will take overnight for the domain to reappear, but the user’s history will be restored. Again, we always recommend you speak with your consultant before making these changes and only do so if absolutely necessary!

To add or remove a Domain from an existing Path, head to the Admin view in the top navigation bar, and from this area click on the Paths drop-down and then Paths. From the list, select the Path you want to modify, then select the Domains tab within it.



From here, you can add a domain by selecting it from the dropdown, rearrange the order of the attached domains by clicking and dragging, or remove them by clicking the red "X" next to the one you wish to remove. To save your edits, simply hit Update at the bottom and you're done! Please note that if you remove a Domain from the Path you will not be able to add any Items to the Domain until it is re-assigned to a Path again.

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