Core Education Course Approval Process

Overview

The University Senate passed legislation during AY 2017-18 that makes changes to the core (previously “general”) education “Areas of Inquiry” (previously “group-satisfying”) and “Cultural Literacy” (previously “Multicultural”) requirements. Existing courses approved in these categories will be grandfathered in until they are resubmitted for review. Over the next 2 years, all current courses that wish to remain in an Area of Inquiry or be reconsidered for Cultural Literacy will need to be resubmitted. See the Changes to Core Education Group and Multicultural Requirements page for details about what has changed.

Process

***If you are submitting a new or existing course that is seeking approval to meet an Area of Inquiry or Cultural Literacy requirement for the first time, follow the normal course approval process during the academic year.***

Courses that currently meet one of the requirements will be submitted directly to UOCC for summer review. Deadline for submission for summer 2020 review is June 12, 2020. Courses submitted for summer review will be routed directly to the UOCC, bypassing the school/college curriculum review process.

Submission entails completing and submitting the following:

  1. Complete CourseLeaf form*. Some items on the form are excluded from this process – this annotated PDF indicates which fields need to be filled out and which ones should be skipped. Making any changes other than what is necessary for Core Education reapproval may cause the proposal to be sent back to the school/college curriculum committee.
  2. An up to date syllabus that matches course description, SEI and what is in templates
  3. Templates - In the CourseLeaf form, the following statements are to be addressed as evidence that the course meets the new requirements. Please complete the templates found at the link instead of using the text box on the form. In the text box please type “See attached”. You will upload templates at bottom of the CourseLeaf form.

For Areas and Methods of Inquiry:

“Please describe HOW this course has been designed to fulfill the criteria of the core education requirement(s) selected. Please provide specific references to readings and assignments from the syllabus that address the criteria and outcomes for the Area of Inquiry chosen, and the Core Education Methods of Inquiry chosen.”

For Cultural Literacy (US: DIA and Global Perspectives):

“Please describe HOW this course has been designed to fulfill the criteria of the selected category. Please provide specific references to readings and assignments from the syllabus that address the criteria and outcomes for the selected category.”

Access to CourseLeaf and Training

If you need access to CourseLeaf, please contact Carolyn Vogt at carolynv@uoregon.edu

The Office of the Provost will provide trainings during Winter 2020 term for faculty who will be submitting courses for summer 2020 review. Stay tuned for dates.

Ron Bramhall, Associate Vice Provost, and Lee Rumbarger, Assistant Vice Provost, also have some availability to visit department meetings to provide an overview of expectations and the process. Please contact Ron Bramhall for more information.

If you have questions about this process or need additional guidance, contact Ron Bramhall at rcb@uoregon.edu.