Who we are:
The Core curriculum is designed to provide each CU Denver
undergraduate student with a high quality general education, based on a liberal
arts and sciences foundation. Core courses develop multiple literacies, stimulate critical thinking,
expand sensitivity to diversity, and encourage students to understand their
role in a rapidly changing global environment. The Core Curriculum Oversight
Committee (CCOC), an elected body of faculty from each of the seven downtown
schools and colleges, is responsible for implementing, maintaining, and
coordinating these courses on behalf of the students and faculty.
What we do:
Review new course proposals from instructors for inclusion into the core curriculum
Review student petitions for exceptions to core requirements on a case-by-case basis
Request and review existing core-course syllabi to ensure quality, consistency, and delivery of the learning outcomes within each of the nine Core Areas
Provide curriculum resources to assist instructors in creating content and developing instructional quality of core courses
Implement general education assessment strategies adopted by the CU Denver downtown campus
How we do it:
The CCOC meets during the academic year to review new course proposals, petitions, syllabi and to update curriculum resources.
Petitions and questions can be sent to the CCOC mailbox
and Mary Baitinger
in the Office of Undergraduate Experiences. The CCOC chair, Antwan Jefferson, reviews the received items, places them on the monthly CCOC agenda and provides feedback to the requestor, on behalf of the CCOC.
Instructors, whose core courses are approved, are asked to follow up with the Registrar’s Office, as well as Jeff Frankllin, on submitting gtPathways material.
Students whose petitions are approved should follow up with their academic advisors to ensure that core credits are noted on their transcripts.
The CCOC welcomes and champions its mission in working with the university community towards integrating critical thinking, writing skills, other core learning outcomes, and high-impact practices into the core curriculum.