Oregon State University’s current Bacc Core was established in the 20th century, approximately 30 years ago. At the time, the curriculum was considered visionary. While there are still positive elements of our general education, it has limitations which are increasingly becoming barriers. As the profile of our student body has evolved and the university has expanded to offer full undergraduate degrees in Bend and through Ecampus, so has the demand to deliver a general education curriculum that meets the needs of our diverse learners. Reform of general education to engage the 21st-century learner will lead to recruitment and retention of first-year and transfer students.

Through Shared Governance, our faculty and administration have engaged in an ongoing effort to review our curriculum, research general education models across the country, and develop curricular templates that meet the needs of our 21st-century learners. A critical aspect of our reform is considering the greater needs of the State of Oregon and our transfer partners. Each step of the way, we have kept transfer students and the Oregon Transfer Compass in mind as we pave the way to a better transfer experience.

Our work is occurring in multiple phases. We have completed Phase I - revision, and are moving to Phase II - reform. The anticipated final phase is Phase III - Implementation. 

  • Phase I - Revision - Charge: Develop three templates of Bacc Core/General Education
  • Phase II - Reform 
    • Establish goals and values of Bacc Core at OSU
    • Revise templates based on established values and goals
    • Share templates on roadshows with all stakeholders, communicate broadly and collect feedback
    • Revise to a single model based on feedback
    • Present to Faculty Senate in May, vote in June
  • Phase III - Implementation