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Faculty and Core Curriculum

Director of the Core Curriculum

The Director of the Core Curriculum provides leadership for the Core and guides all aspects of the curriculum, the assessment, and the overall evaluation of goals and student learning outcomes of the Core.

Core Curriculum Committee

The Core Curriculum Committee oversees and makes recommendations regarding all aspects of the core curriculum, including implementation, modification, and assessment. The committee's recommendations regarding modifications to core curriculum requirements are forwarded to the Academic Affairs Committee for approval prior to requesting senate action. The committee reviews and makes recommendations on all student petitions regarding the core curriculum. The Director of the Core Curriculum is responsible, in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Research and the Core Curriculum Committee, for ensuring effective ongoing development, implementation and assessment of the Core Curriculum. The Director of the Core Curriculum reports this data and Core Curriculum recommendations to the University-wide Assessment Committee. (Faculty ManualCurrent Members of the Core Curriculum Committee »

Core Curriculum, Fall 2017 forward

The New Core Curriculum provides an educational foundation in the liberal arts tradition that promotes inquiry, creativity and critical thinking.

View Core Curriculum Courses 2017-2018 (updated April 2017) »

Pursuant to South Carolina state law all students will be required to complete POLI*201 or HIST*201 as a component of degree completion. This requirement, formerly found within the core curriculum, will be a stand-alone degree requirement independent of core curriculum courses.

Proposing New Courses to the Core Curriculum

Courses offered in the Core Curriculum are not static. Faculty, departments and colleges are encouraged to propose new courses. Course proposals should follow the guidelines and include specific, measurable student learning outcomes based on the student learning outcomes for the Core goal in the worksheet.

Guidelines for Submission of Courses to the New Core Curriculum (pdf)

Each Core Goal area has a worksheet to guide faculty in aligning student work with the student learning outcomes for the goal. A copy of the completed worksheet (pdf) needs to accompany each course proposal.

The Core Curriculum Committee reviews and approves or disapproves all Core course proposals prior to the Academic Affairs Committee review. Create a Proposal forms are located on the Academic Affairs Committee website.

Removal of Courses for the Core Curriculum

At times, departments may find that courses previously offered as part of the Core Curriculum are no longer viable. When a department determines that they will no longer offer a course that is part of the Core Curriculum, use the Create a Proposal form to request that the course be removed from the Core Curriculum. The Core Curriculum Committee reviews the request prior to review by the Academic Affairs Committee.

Value Rubrics for Assessment

Based on American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Liberal Education and America's Promise VALUE Rubrics, these rubrics align with the student learning outcomes from the worksheets. The rubrics below (pdfs) provide a model for assessment by providing common levels of student proficiency. While the language of the rubrics may be adapted by departments to reflect discipline specific terminology, having shared benchmarks of student learning will provide greater consistency in evaluating student achievement.


Margaret Fain
Director of the Core Curriculum
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