Oversight Committee on the Core Curriculum (OCCC)

Faculty Co-chair: April Prince
Administrative Co-chair: Courtney Glazer

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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: Sophie Morton (WLLC) - Term Ends 2024*
  • Group II: VACANT
  • Group III: David Shiner (PHYS) - Term Ends 2024
  • Group IV: Ann Marie Afflerbach (HTM) - Term Ends 2026
  • Group V: Arunachalam Narayanan (ITDS) - Term Ends 2025*
  • Group VI: Calvin Sims (PSYC) - Term Ends 2025
  • Group VII: Paula Garland (RHS) - Term Ends 2026
  • Group VIII: April Prince (MHTE) - Term Ends 2024
  • Group A-L 1: Majed Yaghi (MKTG) - Term Ends 2026
  • Group A-L 2: Tim Hawkins (LOM) - Term Ends 2026*
  • Group A-L 3: Mark Evers (FIREL) - Term Ends 2025
  • Administrative Co-chair: Courtney Glazer
  • Faculty Co-Chair: April Prince

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:


  • Review all proposals related core courses in a timely manner.
  • Assist the Director of the Core in the preparation of communal assessment.
  • Actively participate in the communal assessment process.
  • Review the method of selecting work from signature assignments to provide greater representation of the entire core curriculum.
  • Review, and revise if necessary, the communal assessment rubrics to enable greater variation of signature assignments included in the communal assessment process.