Oversight Committee on the Core Curriculum (OCCC)

Faculty Co-chair: Karen Harker
Administrative Co-chair: Wendy Watson


OCCC Meetings and Minutes

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Office of the Core Curriculum

Membership: The committee shall consist of 11 voting members. A majority of the voting members will be tenured faculty. The committee must have one representative from each group, as well as 3 at-large members. A faculty co-chair shall be appointed from among the voting members of the committee by the Senate Executive Committee. The office of the Provost will designate an administrative co-chair of the committee who will serve as an ex-officio non-voting member. The committee may include a non-voting graduate student member.

Term: The term of each faculty member shall be three years in length and members may serve no more than two consecutive terms. Terms shall be staggered so that the terms of no more than four members expire in any given year.
*  Indicates Second Term

  • Group I: Kathryn Raign (TECM) – Term Ends 2018*
  • Group II: Karen Harker (LIBR) - Term Ends 2018*
  • Group III: Robert Renka (CSE) - Term Ends 2019*
  • Group IV: Thomas Miles (HNRS) - Term Ends 2020
  • Group V: Robert Insley (MGMT) - Term Ends 2019*
  • Group VI: Judith Bradetich (EPSY) - Term Ends 2019
  • Group VII: Rebecca Weber (CHEM) - Term Ends 2019
  • Group VIII: Teresa Cooper (DANC) - Term Ends 2018
  • Group A-L 1: Lou Pelton (MKTG) - Term Ends 2020*
  • Group A-L 2: Daniel Alemneh (LIBR) - Term Ends 2020*
  • Group A-L 3: Ana Krahmer (LIBR) - Term Ends 2020
  • Administrative Appointee: Jeanne Tunks

Committee Charges:

I.  Course and Curriculum Review

The OCCC will develop and implement specific procedures for the evaluation of courses for inclusion in UNT's core curriculum.  The criteria for evaluation will, at a minimum, include a clear and concise description of how the course under consideration meets the requirements of the proposed Foundational Component Area or Component Area Option, and how students will develop and demonstrate the required core objectives associated with the stated component area(s).  In addition, each course that elects to employ an individually designed course level assessment of its core objectives will be evaluated based upon a detailed plan of how each objective will be assessed.   These processes and procedures will be conducted in conjunction with the Faculty Senate University Curriculum Committee.

II.  Course and Program Assessment

The OCCC will:

•     Support faculty in the development of individual course level assessment of mandated core objectives. 

•     Upon request or identification, provide consultation services to faculty who wish to use their course level data for continuous improvement.   Lead in the development and implementation of processes and procedures for assessment of the core objectives across the core curriculum as a whole based upon authentic student work.  Committee members will consult with course developers for courses that elect the "communal assessment" process for assessing the core objectives to identify, deploy, collect, and assess "signature" assignments for each assigned core objective.  The OCCC will develop and implement processes and procedures for follow-up and continuous curricular improvements based upon outcome attainment results collected as part of the communal process.

•     Work collaboratively with IR&E and other relevant units to determine appropriate criteria for the identification of courses that would benefit from continuous improvement support and to establish appropriate sampling methodology in order to ensure that UNT remains in compliance for assessment requirements in regards to the core curriculum.

•     Develop guidelines for an annual report of data from individual assessment plans and the communal assessment of core objectives.

III.  Administration

The OCCC will:

•     Work with all appropriate Senate Committees and other leadership bodies across campus on changes and improvements to UNT's core curriculum.

•     Review and renew the committee charges in keeping with changes to reporting, compliance, or internal calls for improvement or other modifications.

•     Report to the UCC and to the Faculty Senate on decisions made and issues arising in the oversight of the core curriculum.

Annual Plans:

Plan 2016-2017

  • Lead the campus-wide discussion on the potential revision of UNT's Component Area Option requirement.
  • Implement communal assessments for fall and spring semesters.
  • Research the impact of the 2016 Summer Signature Assignment Institute on the student outcomes on Teamwork signature assignments.
  • Develop and host the 2017 Texas Statewide Summer Signature Assignment Institute which will focus on the Social Responsibility objective.

Plan 2015-2016

  • Revise/finalize Communications rubric in Fall and Personal Responsibility in Spring.
  • Implement communal assessments for Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Increase percentage of usable assignments submitted to the OCCC for approval in communal process.
    • Subcoommittee-
      • Identify assignments needing improvement, work with faculty to study assignments, use national resources/tools.             

Plan 2014-2015

  • Develop, test, implement and document a method for Communal Assessment.
  • Finalize the rubrics for Communication and Personal Responsibility.
  • Document the standards, policies and procedures for requesting additions and/or changes to the Core Curriculum.

 Annual Reports:

OCCC Annual Report 2016-2017

OCCC Annual Report 2015-2016

OCCC Annual Report 2014-2015