Assessment of the Baccalaureate Core via Category Reviews has been paused indefinitely as the Faculty Senate and Administration work to reform OSU's General Education curriculum and assessment.   

Every course in the Baccalaureate Core goes through a category-specific assessment every ten years. Requests for course materials are sent to the colleges and all information is submitted by the faculty responsible for the course.

Category Review: (considers data across all courses in a category to identify category trends)

  • What percentage of courses in a category meet the Baccalaureate Core Course Requirements?
  • Using category-level data are students as a whole achieving the relevant Baccalaureate Core Learning Outcomes? Or are there any weaknesses?
  • Are there other important trends in a category? (e.g. Challenges common to many courses in a given category? A high representation of courses in a department or college that may impact the resources of a college? More courses needed in a category to help with student registration?)
Here are helpful resources to aid in submitting your category review: 
Category review schedule

Category review timeline


Heath Henry, with Academic Programs and Assessment (APA), is here to support you in preparing your course for category review or ensure your syllabus meets minimum requirements. You can request an individual meeting with Heath or a workshop!

APA and the Center for Teaching and Learning hosts training sessions prior to the Category Review deadlines. The WIC and DPD Directors will also offer trainings and workshops. The goal of training sessions is to advise faculty on Bacc Core requirements and how to prepare materials for a more effective and smooth review process. 

We highly encourage faculty to participate in training opportunities!