OSU’s current Bacc Core was established in the 20th century, approximately 30 years ago. At the time, aspects of the curriculum were 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.
While the Bacc Core has remained largely unchanged over the past three decades, the university Faculty Senate and administration has commissioned three different reviews of the program: