Core Curriculum Assessment

Core Curriculum Assessment Measures

Each Component Area has a set of identified core objectives (indicated in maroon in the table below). Each core objective has a specified rubric which will be used for assessment purposes. Contact assessment@tamu.edu to request copies of the core objective rubrics.

Definitions of Component Areas and core objectives can be found either in the Undergraduate Catalog or in the Texas Administrative Code
 

Core Objectives by Component Area

Component Area Critical Thinking
(AY 17-18)
Communication
 
Written (AY 18-19)
Oral (AY 18-19)
Visual (AY 19-20)
Empirical and Quantitative Skills
(AY 17-18)
Teamwork
(AY 19-20)
Social Responsibility
(AY 17-18)
Personal Responsibility
(AY 18-19)
Communication
 
           
Mathematics
 
           
Life and Physical Sciences            
Language, Philosophy, & Culture             
Creative Arts
 
           
American History            
Government/ Political Sciences            
Social and Behavioral Sciences            
 

Core Objective Data Collection

During the scheduling cycle for Fall term (January), departments offering core courses to be recertified for the following academic year will be notified of their upcoming status. Department representatives will be expected to complete the core recertification process in CARS by responding to the questions addressing how students were informed of each of the core objectives, how the course fosters student development of each of the core objectives, and how each of the core objectives were assessed in the content of the course. Additionally, evidence will be submitted for assessment and continuous improvement purposes. Each academic year will emphasize specific learning outcomes. As such, sections will only be required to submit evidence of those learning objectives emphasized the year they complete the recertification process.
 

Continuous Improvement Efforts


On an annual basis, faculty members representing each Foundational Component Area will gather, by component area, to review assessment results and establish actions for improvement based on the assessment data. Membership in these working groups will open annually and there is no long-term commitment to membership in these working groups. Each working group will be staffed by a representative from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Evaluation to facilitate, provide assessment data, and document efforts. Galveston, Qatar, and McAllen will follow a similar process on a smaller scale. The working groups will submit a complete assessment report, including at least one plan of action for continuous improvement related to one core objective, to the Core Curriculum Assessment Committee.
 
The Core Curriculum Assessment Committee will be comprised of representatives from the FCA working groups, the two branch campuses working groups, and the working group in McAllen. This committee will synthesize the reports from the working groups to send forward to the Faculty Senate and Undergraduate Assessment Liaison Committee. Staff members from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Evaluation will support the group by facilitating and documenting efforts.
 

Action Plan Implementation

 
The Undergraduate Assessment Liaison Committee will assist in the dissemination of the Action Plans for each Foundational Component Area to the departments in their college (or branch campus) as appropriate and will assist department representatives involved in this process to ensure continuity, implementation of the FCA Action Plans, and provide consultation and advice as appropriate. Faculty members teaching will be responsible for implementing the action plan(s) in the context of their own course as appropriate.
 

Core Curriculum Mini Conference Slides

American History & Goverment/Political Science
Communication
Creative Arts
Language, Philosophy, and Culture
Life and Physical Sciences
Mathematics
Social and Behavioral Sciences