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Core Curriculum

Core Implementation and Forms

The newly adopted USG Core Curriculum Policy should be fully implemented. The revised policy provides minimum requirements in each Area A-E (e.g., communication skills, quantitative skills, institutional options, humanities/fine arts/ethics, natural sciences/math/ technology, and social sciences), includes new overlay requirements in U.S. perspectives, global perspectives, and critical thinking, maintains the USG’s transfer guarantee of core courses, and keeps the total number of hours required (i.e., 42 semester credits) the same. The Humanities and Fine Arts area now includes Ethics as part of the array of courses that may be offered in this domain. Please review the Core Curriculum Policy approved by the Board of Regents, October 14, 2009.

NOTE: It is not necessary to follow these steps sequentially; institutions may submit the forms as they are completed, or all at one time.

Step 1: Core Curriculum and General Education Learning Outcomes

The first step in implementation of the new core is approval of at least one learning outcome for each goal. Please complete the form (linked below) and submit to the Council on General Education as a request for approval of your learning outcomes for Goals A-E and I-III.

In addition to approval of at least one learning outcome for each goal by the Council on General Education, each institution must by that date meet the “overlay requirements” for US Perspectives, Global Perspectives and Critical Thinking by designating one or more courses in Areas A-E as US courses; designating one or more course in Areas A-E as GL courses; and designating one of more courses in Areas A-E as CT courses (or, alternatively, by adopting a CT plan).

All institutions will need to have their Core Curriculum approved, even if there are, at this time for an institution, no new courses or no shifting in hours from one Area to another. Each institution will need to determine learning outcomes for each Area, determine learning outcomes for the three new learning goals, and determine which courses, or measures, satisfy the overlay requirements.

Step 2: Core Curriculum Courses

Institutions submitting proposals to add courses to the Core Curriculum should refer to the following information on the Board of Regents web site: Core Curriculum: Guidelines: Areas A-F; Goals A-E and Goals I-III; and Common Course Prefixes, Numbers, and Descriptions (Academic & Student Affairs Handbook, Section 2.4). If an institution makes no changes to its core curriculum courses, Step 2 is not necessary.