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UCORE: University Common Requirements Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement

People and Committees

The UCORE curriculum is administered by the Office of the Provost (Vice Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Achievement) in collaboration with the UCORE Director, and the UCORE committee.

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UCORE Committee

The UCORE Committee is a faculty and staff committee that approves courses and assesses the effectiveness of the UCORE curriculum.

Members of the UCORE committee…

  • Regularly communicate with represented campuses, colleges, organizations, or programs about general education matters, and solicit and share feedback from those constituencies.
  • Respond to recommendations from the UCORE Director, from vantages as faculty and as members of various departments, schools, colleges, and programs, with representative and unique perspectives.
  • Review, update, and communicate general education requirements, policies, and procedures, including those requiring subsequent approval by Faculty Senate.
  • Manage criteria and procedures for soliciting and approving proposals for UCORE courses and for renewing such courses.
  • Review course proposals and renewals for UCORE designation.
  • Review recommendations from subcommittees and working groups for potential action.
  • Regularly review results of assessment of student learning; monitor and recognize achievement; and suggest uses of assessment results to inform decisions intended to enhance undergraduate student learning.
  • Report to the Provost and university community on undergraduate student learning assessment results and the effectiveness of the UCORE curriculum.
  • Administer the Richard G. Law Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching.
    FacultyDepartment or SchoolCollege or UnitCampusEmailTermCourse Review Team
    Stratton, Clif (F)
    (Director, Cmte Chair)
    HistoryCollege of Arts & SciencesPullmanclif.stratton@wsu.edu2019-24DIVR
    Bennefield, Troy (F)School of MusicCollege of Arts & SciencesPullmantroy.bennefield@wsu.edu2022-25HUM
    Carloye, Lisa (F)School of Biological SciencesCollege of Arts & SciencesPullmancarloye@wsu.edu2022-25BSCI, PSCI, QUAN, SSCI
    Crawford, Tammy (F)Sport ManagementCollege of EducationPullmantammycr@wsu.edu2020-23DIVR
    Fiedler, Kevin (F)MathematicsCollege of Arts & SciencesTri-Citieskevin.fiedler@wsu.edu2021-24BSCI, PSCI, QUAN, SSCI
    Gizerian, Samantha (F)NeuroscienceCollege of Veterinary MedicinePullmansamantha.gizerian@wsu.edu2022-25BSCI, PSCI, QUAN, SSCI
    Hewa, Joe (F)Human DevelopmentCAHNRSPullmanjoseph.hewa@wsu.edu2020-23CAPS
    Irom, Bimbisar (F)Communication & SocietyMurrow College of CommunicationPullmanb.irom@wsu.edu2021-24ARTS, COMM, WRTG
    Johnson, Corey (F)WSU LibrariesPullmancoreyj@wsu.edu2022-25HUM
    Lugo-Lugo, Carmen (F)School of Languages, Cultures, & RaceCollege of Arts & SciencesPullmanclugo@wsu.edu2022-25DIVR
    McCoy, Rob (F)HistoryCollege of Arts & SciencesPullmanrmccoy@wsu.edu2022-25CAPS
    Reilly-Gurocak, Liz (F)Economic SciencesCAHNRSVancouverreillyg@wsu.edu2022-25CAPS
    Reyes, Mario (F)Finance & Management ScienceCarson College of BusinessPullmanmario.g.reyes@wsu.edu2022-25BSCI, PSCI, QUAN, SSCI
    Saunders, Steve (F)Chemical EngineeringVoiland College of Engineering and ArchitecturePullmansteven.r.saunders@wsu.edu2021-24BSCI, PSCI, QUAN, SSCI
    Ex Officio
    Davis, Bill (F, X) (#)Office of the ProvostDivision of Academic Engagement and Student AchievementPullmanwbdavis@wsu.eduN/AN/A
    Green, Kimberly (X)Office of Assessment for Curricular EffectivenessDivision of Academic Engagement and Student Achievementkimberly_green@wsu.eduN/ACAPS
    Johnson-Shull, Lisa (X)Writing ProgramDivision of Academic Engagement and Student Achievementlisaj@wsu.eduN/AARTS, COMM, WRTG
    Ryan, Ruth (X)Academic Success & Career CenterDivision of Academic Engagement and Student Achievementryanruth@wsu.eduN/AHUM
    Rost, Zachary (X, #)UCORE Administrative AssistantDivision of Academic Engagement and Student Achievementzachary.rost@wsu.eduN/AN/A
    Walter, Brooklyn (X)Writing ProgramDivision of Academic Engagement and Student, COMM, WRTG
    Weathermon, Karen (F, X)First-Year ExperienceDivision of Academic Engagement and Student Achievementkweathermon@wsu.eduN/AHUM
    Zimmerman, Matt (X)Office of the Registrarmzimmer@wsu.eduN/AARTS, COMM, WRTG

    The UCORE Committee reports to the Provost or to the Provost’s designee.

  • One faculty member from each undergraduate degree-granting College that offers undergraduate degrees, each instructional campus that offers undergraduate degrees, plus the Libraries shall be appointed by the Vice Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Achievement and UCORE director in consultation with the deans of colleges or their designees; all for three-year terms (F).
  • Additional faculty may be selected for their knowledge of each major area of the curricular requirements, and shall be appointed by the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and UCORE director in consultation with the deans of colleges or their designees; for three-year terms (F).
  • Representative from the Roots of Contemporary Issues program (F).
  • Two undergraduate students nominated by ASWSU, one from Pullman and one from another instructional campus, for at least one-year terms (U).
  • WSU Registrar or designee (X).
  • Vice Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Achievement or designee (X)(#).
  • Directors of key units related to general education, or designees, as appropriate (e.g., Writing Program, Learning Communities, Advising) (X).
  • Director of the Office of Assessment for Curricular Effectiveness, or designee (X).
  • UCORE Administrative Assistant, who will serve as committee Secretary (X)(#). 

Key: (F) Faculty; (U) Undergraduate; (X) Ex officio (i.e., because of position held); (#) Non-voting. (F), (X) and (U) are voting positions, unless otherwise stipulated. Ex officio members may not hold the position of chair.

  • The chair shall be appointed by the Vice Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Achievement in consultation with the committee members; the term of chair shall be at least two years.
  • The committee may determine that a vice chair is needed for specific initiatives or periodic surges in committee work (e.g., course reviews). The vice-chair shall be elected for a two-year term. If there is a vice chair, they should ideally serve in a staggered term with the chair.

    The UCORE Assessment Subcommittee is intended to help faculty, departments, and university leadership determine to what extent undergraduates are achieving WSU’s Seven Learning Goals. Faculty participate on UCORE’s subcommittee for assessment and also contribute to assessment of key programs and courses. Assessment is a collaborative process that includes faculty, students, staff, administrators, and others. The Office of Assessment for Curricular Effectiveness (ACE) assists with UCORE assessment, by supporting or managing specific assessment initiatives, analyzing and reporting results, and maintaining the website and archives.

    See the UCORE Assessment website for the current membership of the subcommittee, and UCORE’s assessment (built on the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment’s transparency framework)—as well as specific assessment initiatives, results and uses.