The Curricular Proposals and Recommendations approved by Academic Council on April 8, 2003 created a system in which committees composed of faculty from multiple departments take responsibility for selecting and monitoring all courses that are designated as fulfilling a core curriculum requirement.
I. The Core Requirements and Designated Academic Units
I. The Core Requirements and Designated Academic Units: The following is a list of the core requirements and the academic unit or units which normally offer courses fulfilling that requirement. The latter will be referred to as the designated academicunit(s), or just designated unit(s), for that requirement.
II. Formulation of a Rationale for Each Core Requirement: For each core requirement a brief rationale (roughly 1-2 pages) will be formulated stating the contribution that the required course will make to a student’s education. It will state the knowledge, skills, experiences, etc. that students should acquire through the course or courses that will satisfy this requirement. Once rationales are approved, a course which fulfills a core requirement will be directed to imparting to students the knowledge, skills, experiences, etc. specified in the rationale for that requirement.
The rationale will be drafted either by a department or a drafting committee, as specified below for each core requirement. The department or committee will draft the rationale and send it to the Core Curriculum Committee (see section VI below) for comment. The Core Curriculum Committee may make suggestions for possible changes, and the relevant department or drafting committee will make changes as it deems appropriate. The final version will then be sent to the Academic Council for approval. The Academic Council may make changes to the proposed rationale, but only after consulting the relevant department or drafting committee.
The drafting of a rationale for each core requirement will be done by the following bodies:
III. Core Curriculum Subcommittees: For each core requirement a Core Curriculum Subcommittee (CCS) will be formed. III, (A) - (G) below describes the standard composition of such subcommittees, while IV, (A) - (D) immediately below gives notes on and possible exceptions to the standard composition.
V. The Role of the Core Curriculum Subcommittees: Each CCS will seek appropriate ways to enhance teaching and learning in the courses fulfilling the requirement under its purview and to ensure that they accord with the rationale for that requirement. Each CCS has a judicial role of approving or denying approval to courses proposed to fulfill the relevant course university requirement, and the formal process for this approval is described below. However, the CCS must also see its role as providing assistance, encouragement and advice to individual faculty on how their proposed course might more effectively attain the goals specified in the rationale. CCS’s, then, are urged to work with faculty to help them improve their courses, and not simply render judgments on them.
Courses proposed to fulfill a core requirement must be approved in one of the following ways:
A Core Curriculum Committee will consist of an Associate Provost designated by the Provost, the chairs of the nine CCSs, the Dean of the First Year of Studies, the Academic Commissioner of Student Government, and up to five faculty members appointed by the Provost which will include representatives from the Mendoza College of Business, the College of Engineering and the College of Science. The Associate Provost will serve as chair of the committee.
The Core Curriculum Committee (CCC) is the body concerned with the core requirements as a whole. Its specific responsibilities are the following: