Task Force Timeline


    2016

  • Spring 2016—Department chairs were given the draft of the Arts & Sciences Vision from the A&S Core Curriculum Vision Task Force. This draft was shared with A&S faculty by department chairs.

  • May 2016—The Council of Chairs, the governing body for curricular matters of the College of Arts & Sciences, unanimously approved the A&S Core Curriculum Vision.

  • May 2016—Dean Lee Nordt appointed a 39-member Arts & Sciences Core Curriculum Review Task Force.  The Task Force consists of a project manager, 24 executive members (with voting privileges) and 15 working group members.

  • Summer 2016—The three working groups of the Task Force conducted research and developed initial reports.

  • September 1—At the initial Task Force plenary meeting, Dean Nordt provided the charge to the members.

  • September 13—At a plenary of the Executive Committee, the working groups presented reports on size of core, Vision requirements, and ways to measure impacts on departments as a result of changes to the core.

  • September 14-28—Five subcommittees of the Executive Committee met to elect a chair and discuss the size of the core.

  • September 29—At a plenary of the Executive Committee, the member voted 23 to 1 to set a provisional goal of 43 hours for the core curriculum.

  • October 11—At a plenary of the Executive Committee, one working group presented a report on models used at American universities for delivering core curricula.

  • October 13-31—Five subcommittees of the Executive Committee met to discuss the possible models for delivering the core curricula.

  • November 11—At a plenary of the Executive Committee, the five subcommittee chairs presented preference for a model.  All five chairs disclosed that their subcommittees had reached consensus that the most appropriate model to express the Core Vision is a modified distribution list.

  • November 14-30—Working groups met to develop “tests” for the chosen model.

  • December 1—At plenary of the entire Task Force, the working groups presented reports on the model.  Dean Nordt was in attendance.

2017

  • January 2017—Five subcommittees met to develop common course proposals.

  • January 26—At a plenary of the Executive Committee, five subcommittees presented common course proposals.

  • February 2— At a plenary of the Executive Committee, five subcommittees presented common course proposals. The three working groups presented “tests” of the 13 proposed common courses.  A non-binding straw vote on the common course proposals was conducted.

  • February 3-March 3—Five subcommittees met to revise common course proposals and to develop distribution lists.

  • March 13—At a plenary of the Executive Committee, five subcommittees presented distribution list proposals.