Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum Committee

 

The Core Curriculum Committee is a standing committee of the Faculty Senate of the University of Southern Maine.

The CCC’s charge from the Faculty Senate states: 

"The USM Core Curriculum Committee shall be responsible for approving proposed courses and reviewing them periodically; providing assistance with transfer reviews; overseeing assessment; identifying faculty development needs; and overseeing policies and procedures. Review and approval of courses for inclusion in the USM Core Curriculum shall respect and give appropriate deference to the expertise and academic freedom of individual faculty to teach what they know and to determine the content, pedagogy, required student activities, and teaching practices of each course."

 The CCC meets on average every two weeks.  Meetings are normally held for two hours on Friday mornings in Portland.  If you need additional information on responsibilities of members please contact Julie Canniff or Peggy Moore, current CCC chairs, or Susan McWilliams, Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Programs and Core Curriculum (jcanniff@usm.maine.edu, mhmoore@usm.maine.edu, or smcwilms@usm.maine.edu)

USM Core Curriculum Committee Membership 2014-2015

CCC proposal review process

Course proposal forms

Course Blueprints for "Grandfathered" Core Courses

Please read the first link for important instructions. PLEASE NOTE-- The March 1 2014 deadline for blueprint submissions has been suspended by the Faculty Senate.  Submissions are still welcomed, but an updated time-line will be provided here in March.

"Grandfathered" Core Courses-- Memo to Departments

Sample Blueprints

Creative Expression

Cultural Interpretation (forthcoming)

Science Exploration

Sociocultural Analysis

You can submit your blueprint electronically by using the links below. If you prefer to complete your submission off-line, you may use the links to PDF versions of the blueprints that appear below the webform links, or you may e-mail smcwilms@usm.maine.edu for a Word document version.

If you make an error when submitting your webform blueprint, please just resubmit.  You cannot retreive and correct a submitted form but you may submit a new one.  Instructions on how to complete the form are provided within the links below.

Creative Expression (CE)

Cultural Interpretation (CI)

Science Exploration (SE)

Sociocultural Analysis (SCA)

PDF versions: Creative Expression, Cultural Interpretation, Science Exploration, Sociocultural Analysis

For new courses in CE, CI, SE or SCA please contact Susan McWilliams at smcwilms@usm.maine.edu.

Other Core requirements

Writing a Successful USM Core Proposal

Entry Year Experience

            a. sample EYE proposal

Quantitative Reasoning

Ethical Inquiry, Social Responsibility, and Citizenship

     Sample EISRC proposal

Thematic Clusters

      Sample Thematic Cluster proposal

Adding a course to an existing cluster

Diversity

     Sample Diversity proposal

International

     Sample International proposal

Capstone

     Sample Capstone proposal\

Prior to fall 2011, the Core Curriculum was based on the following course criteria:

Pre-fall 2011 Core Course Criteria