Assessment and Governance


Assessment Overview

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 Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), 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 May 15 to the Office of the Associate Dean of the Core (core@bc.edu). 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.

Core E-1-A Forms

Learning Goals

Students completing the Boston College Core Curriculum will:

  1. Demonstrate the critical, mathematical, informational, analytic, expressive, and creative skills that are essential tools of the educated person well-prepared for a meaningful life and vocation.
  2. Understand the major ideas and methods of inquiry of the scholarly disciplines that comprise the university and be able to use those methods of inquiry as beginning practitioners to address complex contemporary problems.
  3. Be able to identify and articulate the strengths and limitations of the disciplines and the relationship of the disciplines to one another, and demonstrate an understanding of the breadth and diversity of human knowledge as well as its openness to integration in more comprehensive wholes.
  4. Be conversant with and able to discuss intelligently enduring questions and issues that are fundamental to human inquiry and that have shaped the traditions from which the university has emerged.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to apply more than one disciplinary perspective to the same enduring question or complex contemporary problem.
  6. Be familiar with the scholarly exploration of religious faith and understand how faith and reason are related in the search for truth.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to examine their values and experiences and integrate what they learn with the principles that guide their lives.
  8. Be prepared and disposed to use their talents and education as engaged global citizens and responsible leaders in service of the common good.

University Core Renewal Committee

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 assessment.

For questions and concerns, please contact the UCRC chair, Brian Gareau, Associate Dean for the Core at core@bc.edu

2019-2020 UCRC Members


Daniel Bowles, Ph.D.
German Department

Mary Crane, Ph.D.
Director Institute for the Liberal Arts, English Department

Brian Gareau, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for the Core, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences

Stacy Grooters, Ph.D.
Director of Faculty Programs, Center for Teaching Excellence

William Keane, Ph.D.
Mathematics Department

Gail Kineke, Ph.D.
Earth and Environmental Sciences Department

Elida Laski, Ph.D.
Program Director Master’s in Applied Development & Educational Psychology, Lynch School of Education

Zachary Matus, Ph.D.
History Department

Sarah McMenamin Ph.D.
Biology Department

Gustavo Morello Ph.D.
Sociology Department

Brian Robinette, Ph.D.
Theology Department

Akua Sarr, Ph.D.
Vice Provost Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Elizabeth Shlala, Ph.D.
Assistant Director for the Core, Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences

Colleen Simonelli, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Undergrad Programs, Connell School of Nursing

Ethan Sullivan, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean Undergraduate Studies, Carroll School of Management

Emily Walker '21
Student Representative

Celeste Wells, Ph.D.
Communications Department