At UAB, the core curriculum has been in place for many years with minor revisions. It currently promotes six competencies that build the foundation for attaining the Shared Vision for a UAB graduate. As the new strategic plan refines the values, mission and vision of the institution, it is appropriate to revisit the Core to strengthen and renew this Curriculum.

A core curriculum is required of undergraduates to ensure a foundational academic experience. This common set of courses develops fundamental skills, breadth of intellectual perspectives, and habits of mind that are critical for success in college and beyond. The concept of a core curriculum began in the early part of the 20th century and continues to be a transformative and vital component of a college education. A core curriculum advances a student’s competencies and provides an opportunity for shared intellectual conversations on the questions that are the basis of human societies.

At UAB, the core curriculum has been in place for many years with minor revisions. It currently promotes six competencies that build the foundation for attaining the Shared Vision for a UAB graduate. As the new strategic plan refines the values, mission and vision of the institution, it is appropriate to revisit the Core to strengthen and renew this Curriculum.

Within the academic year, a Core Curriculum Taskforce will be established representing multiple stakeholders to address the following questions:

  • What is the current state of the Core Curriculum at UAB?
  • Who are we at UAB, and how do our values, mission, and vision inform a Core Curriculum?
  • How will our Core Curriculum address 21st century needs? What core competencies are essential for students?
  • How does the Core Curriculum address enduring questions and complex problems?
  • What are the principles for renewing and strengthening the Core Curriculum?
  • How does the Core Curriculum add value rather than being “another hurdle” for students?
  • How does the Core Curriculum have coherence for students?

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