Core Revision Process

  • USD adopted a new core curriculum in Fall 2017. Read the final proposal reviewed by faculty. The Board of Trustees approved the adoption of the core curriculum in September 2016 after University Faculty Senate approval. The Board and the Senate followed the lead of each undergraduate degree-granting unit who voted during the final week of April 2016. The College of Arts & Sciences passed the curriculum with 71% voting in favor of the new curriculum and 29% opposed. In the School of Business, faculty approval was 96%. The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering faculty voted to accept the new core with 78% in favor and 22% opposed.
  • The core revision process began in summer, 2011. Attending a week-long intensive workshop, a task force developed the Core Action Plan, a working document that provided initiated campus-wide discussions about the core curriculum. It provides a broadly based vision statement, process description, timetable, and other key elements.
  • To inform the CPC of previous curricular work that had been done by faculty in 2011 related to diversity, The Diversity Curriculum Committee resubmitted their 2011 report for consideration. It can be accessed here. The Diversity Curriculum Committee updated their recommendations in response to the CPC proposal. Recommendations for the Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice area can be accessed here.
  • The second year of the core revision process is guided by the Core Proposal, passed April, 2012 by the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the Department of Engineering. It was subsequently accepted by the University Senate and reviewed by the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees.
  • By December, 2012, each task force committee had generated reports that identified key components of each principle and recommendations for how these might be implemented in the core curriculum. The final reports for each task force include: breadthsmaller core sizediversityenhanced componentsmultidisciplinary clusters, and writing. The final report of the CITCC can be found on the CITCC tab and here.
  • During the spring semester, 2013, the Core Planning Committee (CPC) worked on developing curricular applications or core models that reflect the recommendations of each task force. Additionally, the CPC established short-term and long-term timelines for the core revision process over the next several years. Discussions of core models and timelines included all faculty through attendance at the open forums. Faculty were also encouraged to post comments directly to the Imagine the Core blog.
  • The 2013-2014 academic year was focused on the creation of a core curriculum identifying new opportunities for students in key areas. The core planning committee is organized into to working groups concentrating on Integration, Breadth, Catholic Intellectual Tradition, and Indispensable Competencies. Each working group submited a proposal to the core planning committee for review. The steering committee consolidated the reports into one document for distribution to undergraduate faculty. As proposals were submitted they were accessed here: Integration (reportpresentationnotes), Breadth (reportpresentationnotes), Catholic Intellectual Tradition (reportnotes), and Indispensable Competencies (reporttablepresentationnotes). The CPC met to discuss a complete proposal that consolidates the recommendations from the various subcommittees (draft proposalnotes). December 2013 Core Report | Spring 2014 Core Report 
  • The Core Planning Committee met on March 25 to discuss revisions to the core proposal. CPC members gathered faculty feedback and offered recommended changes. Read notes from the meeting here.
  • During Spring 2014, members of the Core Planning Committee listened to feedback from faculty. To help answer some key questions, subcommittee chairs created a “Frequently Asked Questions” document for their area. Those can be accessed here: (IntegrationBreadthDiversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice, and Competencies).
  • The Core Proposal is composed of a set of general recommendations and an articulation of general principles for continued discussion that emerged during the first year of the revision process. Task force committees were formed for each of the six principles for deeper analysis and discussion. A separate working group, the Task Force on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Core Curriculum (CITCC), was formed to develop and articulate a set of general principles to guide the design of USD’s core curriculum to ensure that it reflects its Catholic identity and the Catholic intellectual tradition.