Core Curriculum Recertification is the process by which the Faculty Senate's Core Curriculum Council
(CCC) reviews core courses for inclusion in the core based on a variety of characteristics including: appropriateness of the course for the Foundational Component Area (FCA) and enrollment as well as explanations of how students are informed of the core objectives, how the course fosters student development of the core objectives, and how each mandatory core objective is evaluated in the context of the course.
In addition to recertification every four years, courses in the core curriculum must meet the following requirements:
- The course must be offered annually.
- At least 30 students per year must enroll in the course (official course census).
- At least 10% of those students must use the course to meet their core requirement in the course’s FCA.
- The course must demonstrate that it continues to meet the state required teaching objectives of the course’s FCA.
- The course must generate artifacts (student work) that demonstrate that students are engaging with the core objectives of the curriculum. The assignments that generate these artifacts may be summative or formative but must not be optional.
Students should be aware that a course is in the core curriculum and should understand how assignments correspond to the core objectives. Additionally, the relevant core objectives must be included in a core course's syllabus.
Recertification is a two year process, with all core courses rotating through as members of four cohorts, Cohorts A, B, C, and D. Newly approved core courses will be assigned a cohort based on their initial approval year. These cohorts are reviewed annually and updated to add newly approved courses and remove any courses no longer designated as core courses.
The table below shows the academic years cohorts will begin their two-year recertification process. The current list of courses in each cohort is linked below.
During the first year of recertification, courses collect evidence of student learning demonstrating the required core learning objectives and submit to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Evaluation (OIEE
) for assessment using the Core Curriculum Assessment rubrics. During the second year of recertification, courses complete the curricular review requirements defined by the CCC.
During Year 1, each section of the course offered during the long semesters (fall and spring) will submit student-produced work (artifacts) demonstrating the Core Objectives aligned with their respective FCA being assessed during that academic year to OIEE. OIEE will notify instructors of record of their upcoming assessment and recertification submission expectations. Submissions will be assessed using the Core Curriculum Council approved rubrics
The Core Curriculum Objectives are assessed on a three-year assessment schedule rotation as shown below:
(AYs 19-20, 22-23, 25-26)
(AYs 20-21, 23-24, 26-27)
(AYs 21-22, 24-25, 27-28)
Empirical & Quantitative Skills
More information about OIEE's assessment can be found at assessment.tamu.edu/core
. Questions can be directed to email@example.com.
During Year 2, proposers submit course materials that describe how they are addressing all the core objectives required for a course's FCA. As part of this process, they are asked to reflect on the assessment results as it relates to the course and ways they can contribute to improving the results within the course.
Instructors should use results of Core Curriculum Assessment to drive improvements in teaching and learning. Assessment results will be shared with the Core Curriculum Council and made available online for instructors of core courses. These stakeholders should review the assessment results at the FCA level and (where appropriate or provided) campus and course level for each component of the rubric and identify areas for instructional and/or curricular improvement. The results of this analysis, and actions taken, should be submitted as part of the recertification forms described below.
The CARS form will ask proposers to address how the course fits its FCA, how students are informed about the core objectives addressed by that FCA, and how student learning is advanced and assessed for each objective in the FCA. Proposers will also be asked to address what changes they plan to make on how the course addresses core objectives based on the review of assessment results.
NOTE: If the course is a multi-section course taught by different instructors, the proposer will be asked to address how the core objectives are coordinated and met across course sections. If the course is taught at more than one campus (College Station, Galveston, Qatar), one campus will take the lead completing the CARS form and collecting supplemental forms from alternate campus sites and attaching those to the CARS form. CARS Form
–Curricular Approval Request System (submission portal).Lead Campus Recertification Form
–For proposers from the main (or only) campus where a course is offered.Alternate Campus Recertification Form
–For proposers from alternate campuses where a course is offered–mainly Galveston and Qatar.