University Curriculum Committee

Core Curriculum Reporting Committee

In 2008, the Provost’s Office appointed a General Education Review Committee chaired by the dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Its fall 2008 Report of the General Education Review Committee proposed the creation of a University Core that “might better reflect contemporary conceptions of important objectives for undergraduate education.” This plan was approved by the University Senate in December 2009, and implemented in the fall 2011. The committee consisted of 18 members with faculty from all colleges except CGSR, two deans, two representatives from Student Affairs, and two undergraduate students.

The purpose of the University Core is, in part, to provide students with an experience of different approaches to learning, different disciplinary frameworks for analysis, and different perspectives on issues and beliefs. The requirements of the University Core align with the university’s mission and reflect current assumptions about 21st century learning goals for undergraduate education. The University Core recognizes the value of offering students the opportunity to build a strong liberal learning foundation throughout their undergraduate education.

Courses are certified to meet specific University Core requirements. Courses in each category are assessed and recertified every seven years to ensure students are meeting the outcomes and goals of the University Core. For more information click on this link: New Core Learning Goals & Related Course Outcomes.

Guidelines for Advanced Writing Seminar (Approved March 2013)

When the Report of the General Education Review Committee was approved by the University Senate in December 2009, there was a stipulation that the University Core Subcommittee develop detailed guidelines for the Advanced Writing Seminar with respect to addressing (1) the discourse models and practices important to a specific discipline and (2) techniques of formatting and reporting, validation and documentation, required to write with authority and authenticity within the discipline.  These guidelines (listed below) were developed by the University Core Subcommittee and approved by the University Curriculum Committee at its November 8, 2010.  In addition to addressing the learning outcomes associated with the University Core category, Advanced Writing courses must include the following:


1.  Writing assignments are anchored in the content and writing conventions of a particular discipline or profession;

2.  Attention to the accepted conventions of grammar, punctuation, and style;

3.  At least three separate assignments spread throughout the semester that total a minimum 5,000 words (approximately twenty typewritten pages) of final revised copy; and

4.  Ample opportunity for students to engage in significant revision of their original drafts before arriving at their final revised copy.



Donna Cox, Health Science, CHP -


Rodney Stump, Marketing, CBE -

Barry M. Gittlen, Philosophy and Religious Studies, CLA -

Amy Koch, Art and Design, COFAC -
David Wizer, Educational Technology and Literacy, COE -
Vonnie Shields, Biology, FCSM -

Donna Cox, Health Science, CHP -
Vicki Cohen, Academic Advising -
Stephanie Fowler, Admissions -
Suzanne Hill, Registrar's Office -

Scheduled Meetings Twice monthly, the 1st and third Thursday of the month from 9:00-11:00 am.





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