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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 faculty committee.

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UCORE Committee

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

  • Formulates policy recommendations concerning general education for submission to the Faculty Senate.
  • Determines general criteria and procedures for soliciting and approving proposals for UCORE courses and for periodically renewing such courses.
  • Reviews recommendations from subcommittees or working groups for action.
  • Regularly monitors all elements of the program through assessment, periodic course renewals, and other means as needed.
  • Regularly reviews results of assessment of student learning on WSU’s learning goals of the baccalaureate; monitors and recognizes achievement; and suggests uses of assessment results to inform or influence decisions intended to enhance undergraduate student learning achievement.
  • Reports periodically to the Provost and university community on undergraduate student learning assessment results and the effectiveness of the UCORE curriculum.
  • Periodically reviews and updates UCORE requirements and policies, as available on this website.
  • Administers the Richard Law Award for Outstanding Teaching in UCORE courses.
  • One faculty member from each undergraduate degree-granting College, each instructional campus, plus the Libraries shall be appointed by the Vice Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Achievement 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 in consultation with the deans of colleges or their designees; for three-year terms (F).
  • Liaison to the Roots of Contemporary Issues program (F).
  • Two undergraduate students nominated by ASWSU, one from Pullman and one from another instructional campus, for two-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, as appropriate (e.g., Writing Program, Learning Communities, Advising, Registrar) (X).
  • An advising representative appointed after consultation with the UAAEC from any WSU campus, two-year term (X).
  • Director of the Office of Assessment for Curricular Effectiveness (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.
FacultyDepartment or SchoolCollege or UnitCampusEmailTermReview Team Assignments
Stratton, Clif (F)
(Director, Cmte Chair)
HistoryCollege of Arts & SciencesPullmanclif.stratton@wsu.edu2019-24CAPS
Boden, Ruth (F)School of MusicCollege of Arts & SciencesPullmanr.boden@wsu.edu2019-22ARTS, COMM, WRTG
Carloye, Lisa (F)School of Biological SciencesCollege of Arts & SciencesPullmancarloye@wsu.edu2019-22BSCI, PSCI
Crawford, Tammy (F)Sport ManagementCollege of EducationPullmantammycr@wsu.edu2020-23Ad Hoc DIVR/EQJS team
Fiedler, Kevin (F)MathematicsCollege of Arts & SciencesTri-Citieskevin.fiedler@wsu.edu2021-24SSCI, QUAN
Gizerian, Samantha (F)NeuroscienceCollege of Veterinary MedicinePullmansamantha.gizerian@wsu.edu2019-22BSCI, PSCI
Hewa, Joe (F)Human DevelopmentCAHNRSPullmanjoseph.hewa@wsu.edu2020-23SSCI, QUAN
Irom, Bimbisar (F)Communication & SocietyMurrow College of CommunicationPullmanb.irom@wsu.edu2021-24ARTS, COMM, WRTG
Johnson, Corey (F)WSU LibrariesPullmancoreyj@wsu.edu2019-22HUM
Kuhn, Kristine (F)Management, Information Systems, and EntrepreneurshipCarson College of BusinessPullmankmkuhn@wsu.edu2019-22SSCI, QUAN
McCoy, Rob (F)HistoryCollege of Arts & SciencesPullmanrmccoy@wsu.edu2019-22CAPS
Reilly-Gurocak, Liz (F)Economic SciencesCAHNRSVancouverreillyg@wsu.edu2019-22SSCI, QUAN
Saunders, Steve (F)Chemical EngineeringVoiland College of Engineering and ArchitecturePullmansteven.r.saunders@wsu.edu2021-24BSCI, PSCI
Staggers, Julie (F)EnglishCollege of Arts & SciencesPullmanjulie.staggers@wsu.edu2019-22HUM
Ex Officio
Davis, Bill (F, X) (#)Office of the ProvostDivision of Academic Engagement and Student AchievementPullmanwbdavis@wsu.eduN/A
Kisor, Ella (X)ASWSUPullmanaswsu.academic@wsu.edu2021-22ARTS, COMM, WRTG
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, WRTG, COMM
King, Terese (F, X)Academic Success & Career CenterDivision of Academic Engagement and Student Achievementtaking@wsu.eduN/AHUM
Rost, Zach (X, #)UCORE Administrative AssistantDivision of Academic Engagement and Student Achievementzachary.rost@wsu.eduN/AN/A
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/ACAPS

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

Subcommittee for Assessment

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.