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UCORE committee approves revised student learning outcomes

May 4, 2022.

The UCORE Committee is pleased to announce the completion of a two-year long course designator student learning outcomes revision project. Begun in Spring 2020, revisions represent a needed review and refresh, after 10 ten years, of UCORE’s learning outcomes across nearly all course designators.

These revised student learning outcomes at the UCORE level will continue to advance WSU’s Seven Learning Goals of the Baccalaureate, which all other undergraduate programs also support.

For more context and for access to the revised outcomes, click here.

All relevant areas of the UCORE website, including downloadable learning outcomes grids, will be updated in May 2022 to reflect these revisions.

The UCORE committee asks that faculty begin to integrate revised outcomes into course materials in Fall 2022, with a firm implementation expectation by Spring 2023.

All new course proposals and course renewals submitted beginning Fall 2022 should demonstrate alignment with the relevant revised designator student learning outcomes.

Please address any questions or comments to Clif Stratton, UCORE Director, at ucore@wsu.edu.

 

 

WSU Law Awards presented to Probst, Whitehall for 2022

PULLMAN, Wash.— Washington State University faculty members Tahira Probst and Anna Whitehall are the latest recipients of the annual Richard G. Law Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching.

First presented in 2013, the award commemorates the high value WSU places on those who teach University Common Requirements (UCORE) general education courses across the university, and who help undergraduates make progress toward achieving WSU Learning Goals and Outcomes.

“The Law Award selection committee was impressed with how both Probst and Whitehall have developed and refined innovative, student-centered pedagogies—ones that are process-oriented, collaborative, experiential, and curiosity-driven,” said William B. Davis, vice provost, at the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement award ceremonies in April.

Probst, a professor of psychology at WSU Vancouver, was cited for being actively engaged in UCORE design and implementation—including assessment—for many years. The committee noted her commitment to the program as evidenced through her teaching practices and outcomes as well as her involvement in service toward general education.

She is said to listen to student feedback about her courses, modifying them to make them meaningful and relevant. She has sought grants to develop easily scalable interventions to instill a growth mindset among students and instructors in math-intensive gateway courses. And she’s committed to using curricular design components to ensure equitable access to all students so they can achieve the learning goals.

Whitehall, a human development professor,  was commended by the committee for being a faculty member who does not “rest on her laurels but instead continually strives to improve her craft, embodying the spirit of general education.” She uses a student-centered approach to teach and experiential activities that lead to learning, always encouraging students to integrate and apply course material to real-life situations. She incorporates evaluations to her courses, reads and acknowledges students’ written comments on evaluations, pursues professional development, and contributes to the scholarship of teaching and learning.

The award honors Dick Law, retired English professor who served as a university-wide director of general education from 1990 until his retirement in 2009.

MEDIA CONTACT:  Clif Stratton, UCORE Director, clif.stratton@wsu.edu

Beverly Makhani, DAESA Communications Director, makhani@wsu.edu

WSU student Ella Kisor named UCORE Ambassador Award recipient

PULLMAN, Wash.— Washington State University’s University Common Requirements (UCORE) Ambassador Award for 2022 was presented to student Ella Kisor, international business and Spanish major and member of the Honors College.

The award is given each year to one who has carried the spirit of general education to the WSU community.

Kisor is a member of the ASWSU student body executive staff and sits on the UCORE Committee and the Faculty Senate Academic Affairs Committee.

Regarding the award, Kisor was praised for “being extremely attentive to, an involved in, the proposal to create an equity and justice requirement in UCORE, among other UCORE matters,” said Clif Stratton, UCORE director. She “asked pointed questions, raised concerns on behalf of students, and generally took part in the democratic process that is meant to produce these kinds of curricular changes.”

Said Stratton, “I have not in my brief time as UCORE director and slightly longer time as a UCORE Committee member encountered such an engaged ASWSU representative.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Clif Stratton, UCORE Director, clif.stratton@wsu.edu

Beverly Makhani, DAESA Communications and Marketing Director, makhani@wsu.edu