What are we trying to teach in the Core? Are we succeeding? How do we know?
As part of Boston College’s external accreditation review by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), all departments and programs involved in the Core will contribute to a report on the state of the Core by submitting a final E-1-A form by 31 May to the Office of the Associate Dean of the Core (firstname.lastname@example.org). The form asks each department and program to articulate their Core learning outcomes, to present measurable data, and to describe plans for on-going evaluation.
Furthermore, in dialogue with the Associate Dean of the Core, during the fall of 2015 and winter of 2016 each department/program or cluster of departments/programs involved in the Core will revisit the 1991 Core distribution requirements in light of the 2014 vision statement and contemporary disciplinary self-understandings. The goal will be to draft language adequate both to the Jesuit mission of Boston College and to our contemporary world, just as the 1991 Core revision process had done twenty-five years ago. Revised distribution requirement statements will be completed by 1 February. They will serve in part as criteria for the self-assessment of each department’s and program’s contribution to the Core.
Contact the Associate Dean of the Core with questions and comments at: email@example.com
In late May 2016, for the first time, all departments and programs in the Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences that contribute to the Core Curriculum submitted E-1-A forms that describe the processes and, if available, results of assessment of Core classes and programs. Those forms are available for viewing via the respective links below:
The Office of the Associate Dean for the Core and the University Core Renewal Committee (UCRC) are charged with overseeing and renewing the Core Curriculum as a whole. The vast majority of undergraduates fulfill their Core requirements under the familiar Core structure that has existed since 1991. During 2017–2018, 48 interdisciplinary Core Renewal pilot courses will be taught. Core Renewal pilot courses will continue in 2018–2019.
The following policies address procedures related to the Core: student applications for Core substitution credit, creation of new Core classes, and Core Renewal pilot class scheduling. All questions can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Services process hundreds of course substitution requests every year for study abroad, summer, and non-BC courses. In order to systematize and streamline this process and cut down on last-minute requests, please follow these guidelines:
(a) The outcome of the review process will be communicated to the chair, applicant faculty member, and department administrator.(b) If the proposal is approved for Core credit for an existing course, then the Office of the Associate Dean for the Core and Kathy Winarski will make the necessary changes.
(c) If the proposal is approved for Core credit for a new course, then the department administrator can create the course in CM. Please note: Kathy Winarski will return any CM requests that do not confirm the approvals identified by the Associate Dean’s office. Once the new class has been approved in CM, the department administrator can then create the course in UIS.
(d) For all courses approved for Cultural Diversity Core credit (whether new or existing), only Kathy Winarski will manually add the Cultural Diversity designation.
Note on cross-listing and Core courses: credit is typically assigned only in one of the Core requirement areas (Philosophy, History, Social Science, etc.). If a course is approved for Cultural Diversity credit, the course receives Cultural Diversity credit even if it is cross-listed in other departments beyond the applicant department. Departments wishing to cross-list courses for Core credit should contact the Office of the Associate Dean for the Core.
The deadline for proposals for AY2018–2019 Core Renewal pilot courses is Friday, October 6. Courses will be selected by the UCRC shortly thereafter. Due to the complex nature of these interdisciplinary classes, which include evening events and co-curricular activities, scheduling them will be the responsibility of the Office of the Associate Dean for the Core, which will keep department/program chairs and administrators in the loop as we move forward.
Students completing the Boston College Core Curriculum will:
The University Core Renewal Committee (UCRC) coordinates and manages the Boston College Core Curriculum. Composed of sixteen faculty, administrative, and student representatives, the committee is leading university-wide efforts to renew the Core Curriculum as a vital part of a Boston College undergraduate education. It promotes interdepartmental and faculty/staff collaboration and innovation. In 2017–2018, the UCRC is focusing on two priorities: systematizing the Core that has existed since 1991, and managing the third year of Core Renewal Pilot classes and preparing for a forth round in 2018–2019. Different subcommittees of the UCRC address Core Renewal pilot classes, curriculum, and assesment.
For questions and concerns, please contact the UCRC chair, Julian Bourg, Associate Dean for the Core at email@example.com
Robert Bartlett (Political Science)
Julian Bourg (History; Associate Dean for the Core)
Patrick Byrne (Philosophy)
Willian Keane (Mathematics)
Sean Clarke (Connell School of Nursing)
Mary Crane (English; Institute for the Liberal Arts)
Brian Gareau (Sociology)
Charles Keenan (Assistant Director of the Core)
Gail Kineke (Earth & Environmental Sciences)
Elida Laska (spring—Lynch School of Education)
Franco Mormando (Romance Languages & Literature)
Brian Rebinette (Theology)
John Rakestraw (Center for Teaching Excellence)
Zachary Matus (History)
Akua Sarr (Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs)
Ethan Sullivan (Carroll School of Management)
Aiden Clarke, '19