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Shared Governance at Detroit Mercy: Core Curriculum Committee

Core Curriculum Committee

The MFA Core Curriculum Committee (CCC) is responsible for the ongoing oversight and assessment of UDM's Core Curriculum, as established in the Final Proposal of the Shared Governance Task Force and the MFA Constitution and Bylaws. In addition, the CCC is responsible for tracking developments in core curricula in other educational institutions, and considerations and proposing of any amendments to the core curriculum as per the Shared Governance Final Modification Proposal.

The responsibilities of the CCC include:
1. Monitoring the goals and outcomes for learning in the core courses;
2. Assessing the success of core courses in fulfilling the identified outcomes;
3. Making recommendations to the MFA and the Provost based on findings.

Core Curriculum Committee Structure

The number and composition of faculty members on this committee was determined by the MFA in October of 2012. Representation is as follows:

  • McNichols Campus Faculty
    • CLAE - Writing (English department), one seat
    • CLAE - Communication Studies, one seat
    • CLAE - Counseling/Addiction Studies, Criminal Justice, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Human Services, two seats (staggered terms)
    • CLAE - Religious Studies, one seat
    • CLAE - Philosophy, one seat
    • CLAE - History, Performing Arts, Literature, two seats (staggered terms)
    • CES - Engineering, one seat
    • CES - Math, Computer Science, Software Engineering, one seat
    • CES - Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics, one seat
    • CHP - one seat
    • CBA - one seat
    • SACD- one seat
    • LIB - one seat
    • one faculty member selected by the MFA from among its members (non-voting)
  • One non-voting representative from Dental Hygiene
  • Two non-voting administrative representatives

Core Curriculum Committee Minutes

Outcomes-Based Core Curriculum, Approved Proposal June, 2016

Core Curriculum Historical Documents

Core Curriculum Committee Roster

  • McNichols Campus Faculty
    • CLAE Writing - OPEN, term expires 8/23
    • CLAE Communications Studies - Jason Roche, term expires 8/22*
    • CLAE Counseling Addiction Studies, Criminal Justices, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Human Services - Rachel Lee, PYC, term expires 8/22*
    • CLAE Counseling Addiction Studies, Criminal Justices, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Human Services -Joe Weglarz, term expires 8/23
    • CLAE Religious Studies - Todd Hibbard, term expires 8/22 - Co-Chair
    • CLAE Philosophy - Marty Leever, term expires 8/23 - Secretary
    • CLAE History, Performing Arts, Literature - Dan Kroupa, HIS, term expires 8/22*
    • CLAE History, Performing Arts, Literature - Amanda Hiber, term expires 8/23 - Secretary
    • CES Engineering - Nassif Reyess, term expires 8/22*
    • CES Math, Computer Science, Software Engineering - Dawn Archey, term expires 8/23
    • CES Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics - Mark Benvenuto, term expires 8/23
    • CHP - Elaine Webber, SON, Term expires 8/22* - Co-Chair
    • CBA - Fang (Rose) Yang, term expires 8/23
    • SACD- Virginia Stanard interim (Fall 2021) for Erika Lindsay, term expires 8/22
    • LIB - Pat Higo, term expires 8/23
    • MFA Representative (non-voting) - OPEN, CHP, term expires 8/22
  • Dental Hygiene - Janiece Flores-Davies, term expires 8/22
  • Administrative Representatives
    • Carolyn Rimle, Assitant Dean for Academics (Engineering),  term expires 8/22
    • Victoria Mantzopoulos, Associate Dean of CLAE, term expires 8/23*

Updated August, 2021

*Served two terms, ineligible for a third term.

Committee and Team Roles and Responsibilities

Core Curriculum Committee Charges

2021-2022 Core Curriculum Committee Charges

  1. Manage new course proposals for inclusion in the Core Curriculum.
  2. Coordinate and provide sufficient support to the Core Curriculum Assessment Sub-Committee (e.g. membership, communication, and assessment efforts.
  3. Assess the success of core courses in fulfilling identified outcomes according to the Core Curriculum Assessment Plan.
  4. Develop a process for responding to Core Curriculum courses that are not meeting designated learning outcomes.
  5. Make recommendations to the MFA and the Provost based on the Core Curriculum assessment process.
  6. Complete the revisions needed on the core curriculum website “landing page” to denote one core curriculum for all undergraduate students.

2021-2022 Standing Charges for All Committees and Teams

  1. Review the preliminary charges for 2021-2022 and contact Provost/VPAA academicaffairs@udmercy.edu  with any additional Committee/Team goals for the 2021-2022 year.
  2. Review the Roles and Responsibilities for MFA Committees and University Teams.
  3. Review the University of Detroit Mercy 2019-2024 Strategic Plan.
  4. Review the Shared Governance webpage to determine information provided for the specific Team or Committee is accurate.
  5. Keep the University community informed of Committee/Team activities by providing mid-year and annual reports to be posted to the Shared Governance webpage. The secretary of the committee is responsible for sending these documents to sharedgovernance@udmercy.edu.
  6. Submit proposals, recommendations, or documents for consideration by the Shared Governance Clearinghouse to the Provost/VPAA and the MFA President for review and discussion.

Core Curriculum Structure and Learning Outcomes

List of Approved Core Courses

Submitting a Course Proposal

All core curriculum course proposals must include the following:

All proposal materials must be submitted to corecurriculum@udmercy.edu.