Charges to the Dean’s Taskforce on Assessing the Core Curriculum
1. Compile comparison data on core curricula from the following institutions:
- Private secular research universities that are comparable to Baylor: Rice, Vanderbilt, Emory, Duke, Northwestern, Tulane, and/or others
- Private Christian/religious research universities that are comparable to Baylor: Brigham Young, Boston College, Georgetown University, Notre Dame, Catholic University, and/or others
- Private Christian liberal arts colleges known for excellence in liberal education: Elon University, Samford University, St. John’s University, and/or others
- Private secular liberal arts colleges known for excellence in liberal education: Amherst College, Carleton College, Middlebury College, Swarthmore College, Williams College, and/or others
2. Answer the following questions:
- To what extent does the core curriculum meet liberal education outcomes?
- To what extent is Christian perspective a part of the core curriculum?
- To what extent does the curriculum of each major meet liberal education outcomes?
- To what extent do co-curricular activities, academic societies, and pre-professional programs meet liberal education outcomes?
- What guidelines, if any, are available to faculty, to departments, and to Arts & Sciences in developing and approving a curriculum that promotes liberal education outcomes?
- What measures are used to gauge liberal education outcomes in classes, in departments, and in Arts & Sciences?
- What instruments (e.g., e-portfolio) or programs (e.g., MapWorks) are available to students to record and gauge their own development in the core competencies of the general education?
- What is the maximum core hours required for the University versus those of other schools, and what are the maximum hours required for a degree?