Core Curriculum Reporting Committee

Overview

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.

During Academic Year (AY) 2016-2017, a Core Curriculum Revisions Task Force, comprised of representatives from all colleges and key administrative and support departments, was formed. It was tasked with reviewing the University Core and formulating recommendations to ensure compliance with changes to the Maryland general education requirements (COMAR 13B.06.01.03) and longer-term issues related to the University Core’s focus, size, outcomes and assessment.  A series of recommendations were developed and underwent an extended feedback and approval process.  Recommendations related to COMAR and overlap between the University Core Curriculum and major requirements took effect with the AY 2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog and will be retroactive for past catalogs.

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. A more complete explanation of the University Core is found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

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.


Membership

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   Dean, CLA & Honors College  
Juergen Jung Economics CBE 2019
Terry Ewell Music COFAC 2021
Rod Stump Core Coordinator, Office of the Provost and Committee Chair    
Deitra Wengert Health Sciences CHP 2021

Ex-Officio

Name Department
Alicia Arkell-Kleis University Admissions
Vicki Cohen Academic Advising
Suzanne Hill Registrar's Office
Patrick Malloy Academic Standards
Alison McCartney Honors College
Katie Smith Registrar's Office

Meetings

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

Responsibilities

  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.