Baccalaureate Core Committee
The Baccalaureate Core Committee reviews the content and
appropriateness of both
existing and proposed baccalaureate core courses. The committee shall conduct periodic
reviews of the overall baccalaureate core program, and of existing courses within this
program, to ensure that the criteria of the general education model are being met and to
evaluate student attainment of category learning outcomes. This work depends on the availability
of data to be provided by university administration at the request of the Baccalaureate Core Committee. The
committee shall also evaluate proposals for additional and new courses deemed relevant
to the core and stimulate proposals for additional and new courses as deemed necessary
and advise faculty members in the preparation of such proposals. The committee shall
consist of fourteen faculty and two students. Four of the faculty members shall be from the
College of Liberal Arts, four from the College of Science, and six from faculty in other
colleges or academic units. The Writing Intensive Curriculum program director and the Difference, Power, and
Discrimination program director shall be ex-officio, non-voting members.
The BCC may solicit courses, which include detailed descriptions
and outlines, from all colleges/departments.
All existing, modified and new courses proposed by individual
faculty, groups of faculty, or departments for inclusion in general
education must be approved by an appropriate faculty curriculum
committee within the college of origin prior to BCC submission.
All submissions shall be routed for additional curriculum review at
the discretion of the BCC. Request for such reviews, and selection
of the reviewing unit, will be made by the BCC. The criteria used to
select the reviewing unit will be based upon that unit's ability to assess
the specific general education objectives proposed.
All submissions that deal with WRI and WRII must
be routed to the Writing Advisory Board, which
is composed of the Writing
Intensive Curriculum Director, the Director of First Year
Writing, the Coordinator of the Writing Center, and a writing
faculty member with expertise in technical and professional
writing. This Board will consult with faculty to develop and implement
proposals that meet Baccalaureate Core criteria.
The BCC will review all submissions to assure compliance with
the criteria adopted by the Faculty Senate; those courses which
are deemed by the BCC to meet these criteria and address the
category learning outcomes can be approved for inclusion as
general education courses, subject to approval by the
A majority of the Baccalaureate Core Committee voting
members present is required to approve or deny the status of
any Baccalaureate Core course.
The BCC will periodically request and review institutional data in order to
evaluate Baccalaureate Core categories based on:
adequate access to courses within the category;
consistency of category criteria and learning outcomes with institutional goals for undergraduate learning;
evidence of students achieving satisfactory success relative to category learning outcomes; and
continued satisfaction of category criteria by individual courses.
has the authority to request changes to existing courses and/or deny continuation of Baccalaureate
Core status for courses.
A majority of the Baccalaureate Core Committee voting members present is required to approve or deny the
status of any Baccalaureate Core course.
Changes in Core or Criteria or Process
Any changes in the Baccalaureate Core or the supporting criteria or the
process will require the approval of the Faculty Senate.
(Rev 04/01; 06/07; 06/08; 04/12)