Oversight Committee on the Core Curriculum
This website contains information about, and support for, completing the processes and procedures required to add courses to or modify courses in the UNT core curriculum. All required forms are available on the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Forms and Templates webside under Curriculum (http://vpaa.unt.edu/forms-templates.htm)
- Helpful Documents
- Examples Successful Course Proposals
- Deadlines (OCCC deadlines are 1 month prior to UCC deadlines listed)
- Guidance from the Higher Education Coordinating Board
- Assessment Plan Guidance
- American Association of Colleges and Univesities Guidance
- Committee Membership
- A brief history of the core at UNT
- Step-by-Step guide for course submissions (UNT)
- Component area to required Core Objective matrix (THECB)
- Guidance from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)
- Communication Skills Rubric (UNT)
- Critical Thinking Rubric (UNT)
- Empirical and Quantitative Skills Rubric (UNT)
- Teamwork Rubric (UNT)
- Social Responsibility Rubric (UNT)
- Personal Responsibility Rubric (UNT)
|Component Area(s)||Assessment Plan||Course Proposal|
|Language, Philosophy and Culture||Communal||ITAL 3040|
|Language, Philosophy and Culture AND Capstone||Individual||FREN 4400|
Guidance from The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
The THECB has created some useful documents on its website.
- Elements of the Core Curriculum, including a Statement of Purpose and key definitions can be found here.
- A table showing which Core Objective must be assessed for each Component area can be found here.
For more detailed information check here http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/corecurriculum2014 or look at the summary here http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/index.cfm?objectid=6F049CAE-F54E-26E4-ED9F0DAC62FABF7D. For a more detailed and lengthy discussion about the motivation behind the changes, follow the links for the documents "Designing Texas Undergraduate Education in the 21st Century" and "Revising the State Core Curriculum - A focus on 21st Century competencies."
- Process: It is strongly suggested that all course proposals be reviewed by an appropriate OCCC committee member (by Group Number) prior to submission for consideration by the full committee. OCCC members are listed at the bottom of this website.
- Options: Each course submission may include an individual assessment plan or may opt in to a communal assessment process. If the communal option is selected on an application, "signature assignments" must be included with the submission. The assessment of relevant Core Objectives, including data collection, will be carried out by the "institutional process." Signature assignments should have the following characteristics:
1. Be uniformly used across all sections of the course
2. Provide students the opportunity to demonstrate the assigned core objective; and
3. Be appropriate for scoring using the UNT Rubric for the assigned core objective (in "key documents" above).
Moreover, it is strongly preferred that:
4. The assignment explicitly states that the student is expected to demonstrate the associated core
objective when completing the assignment; and
5. The assignment is submitted by students electronically.
- Sample Rubrics: The Association of American Colleges and Universities has resources that may provide some guidance in the development of assessment plans. In particular, VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduae Education) rubrics were developed for the purpose of adoption/adaption at Universities nationwide (here). The Core Objectives are roughly aligned to the VALUE Rubrics. Here is a table showing this correlation. These rubrics are meant as a starting point and are intended to be modified to meet the needs of the user. Contact one of the committee chairs if you would like any of the rubrics in MS Word format so as use them as a starting point.
- The AAC&U Assessment webpage includes other useful information about assessment in general and the VALUE rubrics, their development and use, in particular.
More Guidance from the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
- "Give Students a Compass": http://www.aacu.org/compass/index.cfm
- A summary of some of the concerns motivating the national trend in general education reform: http://www.aacu.org/liberaleducation/le-fa10/LEFA10_President.cfm
2014 Core Realignment (Historical)
Old Core Curriculum Site (prior to 2014)