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 Next Senate Meeting:
September 14, 2016

University Union, 332


Core Curriculum Links

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 (

Helpful Documents


Examples of Successful Course Proposals

Component Area(s) Assessment Plan Course Proposal
Discovery Communal HNRS 1100
Language, Philosophy and Culture Communal ITAL 3040
Language, Philosophy and Culture AND Capstone Individual FREN 4400
Mathematics Individual MATH 1650
Capstone Individual COMM 4510

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 or look at the summary here  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."

Assessment Plan Guidance

  • 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)

About the Oversight Committee on the Core Curriculum

2014 Core Realignment (Historical)

Old Core Curriculum Site (prior to 2014)