Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum: The USG core curriculum was developed with the goals of assuring institutional accountability for learning, incorporating learning requirements in global perspectives and critical thinking, allowing institutions some flexibility in tailoring courses to their institutional mission, while ensuring that core curriculum courses completed at one USG institution are fully transferable to another USG institution.

Proposal Format

Proposals for adding, altering, or removing core courses should be developed using the University System of Georgia form linked below.

Approval Process

The approval process for proposals consists of the steps below.

    1. Proposals should be considered and approved by the originating academic department. Approval by the departments at this stage, including any formal vote, should be noted as specified in the program proposal.
    2. Proposals require the approval of the dean of the college responsible for the administration of the new program. Individual colleges may elect to require that proposals first be reviewed or formally considered by college faculty, a college undergraduate or graduate committee, or some other college-level body. Approval at this stage, including any formal vote, should be noted as specified in the program proposal.
    3. The dean should send approved proposals to the Vice Provost and to the chair of the University Senate Committee on Academic Programs. The vice provost will review for compliance with Georgia Board of Regents (BOR) policies and will ask the Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness to do the same for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) requirements. Depending on the nature of the proposed program, the vice provost may ask others to review the proposal as well. For example, if the program involves collaboration with an international partner institution, the Associate Provost for International Affairs will also be asked to review the proposal.
    4. If the proposal is found to be in good order, the Vice Provost will notify the chair of CAP that it is ready for committee consideration. If problems are found with the proposal, the Vice Provost will contact the college dean to resolve the issues before initiating University Senate deliberations.
    5. Within CAP, the proposal initially will be deliberated on by the Undergraduate Council. The subcommittee may elect to invite the proposing parties to attend a meeting at which the proposal is discussed. The subcommittee then will make a recommendation to CAP. At a meeting to which the proposing parties will be invited, CAP will deliberate and vote on the proposal. At both the subcommittee and full committee levels, requests may be made to the proposing parties that changes be made in the proposal.
    6. The chair of CAP will notify the Vice Provost and the Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness in writing of the recommendation of CAP.
    7. The provost, on behalf of the university president, will make the final decision on implementation of the new program.
    8. If the provost’s recommendation is positive, the university will submit the proposal to the appropriate review committee via the online Core Curriculum Course Proposal Form
    9. Area A-E changes must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate BOR Academic Advisory Committee and then the Council on General Education. Area F changes must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate Advisory Committee only.
    10. Normally, after return acknowledgment of approval from the USG, the core curriculum change can be implemented for the requested start term, or the earliest term following approval if the requested implementation term has passed. (A copy of the official University System acknowledgement will be forwarded to the originating college upon receipt by the Vice Provost.)

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