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.


Membership of the Core Reporting Committee shall be composed of one faculty member from each of the colleges or schools with academic departments. These faculty members will be appointed for a three year term by the University President, upon nomination of the President of the Faculty Association.

The non-voting ex officio members of the Core Curriculum Reporting Committee shall consist of a representative of the Provost’s office, a representative of the Registrar’s office, a representative of the Admissions office, and a representative of Academic Advising. In addition, a voting ex officio member of the Core Curriculum Reporting Committee shall represent the Honors College. That representative will be appointed by the Dean of the Honors College.

Name Department College Term Expiration
Subrata Acharya Computer & Information Sciences FCSM 2020
Joan Antunes Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice CLA 2019
Terry Cooney Honors College Honors  
Michael Duffy Electronic Media and Film COFAC 2018
Juergen Jung Economics CBE 2019
Vicki McQuitty Elementary Education COE 2017
Rod Stump Core Coordinator, Office of the Provost    
Deitra Wengert Health Science CHP 2018


Name Department
Alicia Arkell-Kleis University Admissions
Vicki Cohen Academic Advising
Suzanne Hill Registrar's Office


The Core Curriculum Reporting Committee meets the first and third Thursday of each month.


  1. To approve all new courses for inclusion in Core Curriculum as well as changes in existing Core courses
  2. To participate in review and recertification of Core courses
  3. To study the Core Curriculum and identify the areas where change is needed; commission, if need be, studies to determine the feasibility of change to the Core Curriculum.