On October 13, 2022, the Faculty Senate voted to approve the new General Education Curriculum proposed by the Baccalaureate Core Reform Committee. Among other things, this action updates a 30-year-old curriculum, reducing its size and improving its legibility for all students, introducing a new course category to support students’ transition to OSU, adding a sequence of touchpoints to incorporate career-readiness, and expanding instruction fostering understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion. This curriculum both recognizes the value of aligning with the state’s Core Transfer Map—which facilitates seamless transfer among Oregon higher education institutions—and creating a distinctive and high-quality foundation for OSU’s degree offerings.

    Provost Feser has appointed an Implementation Steering Committee, led by Alix Gitelman, vice provost for academic affairs and senior vice provost, to guide the important work of implementing the new curriculum. Implementation will be an act of shared governance between faculty and administrative support units. Faculty will use their unique expertise to shape learning outcomes, develop robust course offerings, and create policy and process. The administration will build structures that support Faculty and Students as they experience this new program. The anticipated launch date for our new curriculum is Summer 2025.

     

      NEW Oregon State University General Education Curriculum - Coming in Summer 2025!  

    Learn more about each category on our Curricular Overview page or in our Report.

    FOUNDATIONAL CORE​

    Writing Foundations (WR 121) (x*)

    4 credits​

    Quantitative Literacy and Analysis (x*)

    4 credits​

    Art and Humanities - 2 courses (one global focus) (x*)

    6-8 credits​

    Communication, Media, and Society (Social Science) (x*)​

    3 credits​

    Social Science (x*)

    3-4 credits​

    Scientific Inquiry and Analysis  with lab) - 2 courses (x*)

    8 credits​

    Difference, Power, and Oppression: Foundations *​

    3-4 credits​

    OSU SIGNATURE CORE​

    Transitions​

    2 credits​

    Beyond OSU Career Integration​

    0 credits​

    Writing Elevation (WR II) (x*)

    3 credits​

    Advanced Difference, Power, and Oppression​

    3-4 credits​

    Seeking Solutions​

    3-4 credits​

    Writing Intensive Curriculum​

    In major​

    Total credits​

    42–48​

    (x) Core Transfer Map (CTM) curriculum, * Satisfied by AAOT

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Why did you reform the Baccalaureate Core?

    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 that 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.

      What was the process of reform?

      Our work occurs 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
        • Presented to Faculty Senate on May 12th and 20th, and presented a motion to the Senate for approval vote on June 9th. The vote was postponed until October 13th. 
        • The Faculty Senate enthusiastically approved the proposed General Education model on October 13, 2022. We will now begin the work of implementing this curriculum while engaging faculty in all aspects of the process. 
      • Phase III - Implementation - Coming Soon!

      What is the timeline and anticipated launch date?

      October - November 2022 - Recruit faculty volunteers to write Learning Outcomes, Criteria, and Rationale (LOCR)

      January - February 2023 - Faculty volunteers write LOCR, listening sessions and feedback

      March 2023 - Present LOCR to Faculty Senate

      April 2023 - Vote on LOCR at Faculty Senate 

      May 2023 - February 2025 - Faculty training and course design; Baccalaureate Core Committee reviews courses submitted 

      January 2025 - All courses due to the catalog 

      June 2025 - Curriculum goes live!

      Implementation Project Workflow

      Steering Committee Membership

      Steering Committee

      Alix Gitelman, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs & Senior Vice Provost, Steering Committee Chair

      Sherman Bloomer, Associate Vice President of Budgets and Resource Planning

      Jon Boeckenstedt, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management 

      Vrushali Bokil, Interim Dean College of Science

      McKenzie Huber, Director of the Baccalaureate Core, Advisor to Committee

      Kate MacTavish, Faculty Senate President 

      Rebecca Mathern, Associate Vice Provost & University Registrar 

      Brian Primack, Dean, College of Public Health and Human Sciences

      Larry Rodgers, Dean, College of Liberal Arts

      Core Team Membership

      Core Team

      McKenzie Huber – Baccalaureate Core Director, Core Team Chair

      *Patrick Ball – Cascades - Biology

      Kristin Benson – Deputy Registrar/Associate Registrar – Compliance, Operations Committee Chair

      Erin Bird – Transfer Transitions Coordinator

      JoAnne Bunnage – Assistant Vice Provost, Assessment and Accreditation, Learning Outcome, Criteria, and Rationale Committee Chair

      Mary Chuinard – Director of Undergraduate Student Services, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

      *Dan Faltesek – College of Liberal Arts, Policy and Process Baccalaureate Core Committee Co-Chair

      *Regan Gurung – Associate Vice Provost & Executive Director Center for Teaching and Learning, College of Liberal Arts, Training and Course Design Committee Chair

      *Selina Heppell – President-Elect Faculty Senate, College of Agricultural Science

      Mike Jefferis – Associate Registrar – Catalog, Curriculum, and Scheduling

      *Lori Kayes – Former Baccalaureate Core Reform Committee Co-chair

      Kerry Kincannon – Head Advisor, University Exploratory Studies

      *Rene Reitsma – College of Business, Policy and Process Baccalaureate Core Committee Co-Chair 

      *Steve Wuhs  – Associate Vice Provost Academic Affairs, College of Liberal Arts

      *Faculty – Professor through Instructor ranks