Core Curriculum

Developing Writing Outcomes for Interdisciplinary General Education Courses

Portland State University

Writing is an essential part of the University Studies' interdisciplinary, inquiry-based curriculum. Freshman and Sophomore Inquiry, which make up the first two years of PSU's core curriculum, fulfill students' writing requirement at PSU. Though Freshman and Sophomore Inquiry were designed as writing intensive in nature, we did not have a clear set of writing outcomes for FRINQ and SINQ courses, and we lacked a clear set of expectations for faculty in regards to writing instruction and assignments. This posed a particular challenge for faculty new to teaching in University Studies.

Writing is an essential part of the University Studies' (UNST) interdisciplinary, inquiry-based curriculum. In UNST courses, students focus on the composition process and learn how to write to a variety of audiences and within multiple genres and disciplinary conventions. This focus on writing within particular contexts and as mode of inquiry helps students succeed both within and beyond the university, making writing and communication a central aspect of their daily lives. UNST’s programmatic writing outcomes provide a guideline for writing instruction in University Studies.

Annie Knepler

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ASSIST Transfer Information System

California State University

The database shows California Community College (CCC) courses that the California State University (CSU) accepts for transfer and for GE credit. The ASSIST acronym stands for Articulation System Stimulating Interinstitutional Student Transfer.

ASSIST is an online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another. ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California’s public colleges and universities and provides the most accurate and up-to-date information about student transfer in California.

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Ken O’Donnell

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Core Reform Tools

Boise State University

Reviewing and revising general education requirements for the baccalaureate degree

This tool is designed to outline the process used at one institution in order to examine its general education requirements with the goals of making major revisions to better reflect the learning outcomes desired for all graduates of the university.

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Sharon McGuire

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