Support for Instructors of Core Curriculum

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has introduced new requirements for all Core Curriculum classes. These elements will need to be fully implemented by the Fall of 2014.

The requirements are organized around six Core Objectives:

  1. Critical Thinking Skills - to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
  2. Communication Skills - to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication
  3. Empirical and Quantitative Skills - to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions
  4. Teamwork - to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal
  5. Personal Responsibility - to include the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making
  6. Social Responsibility - to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities

Every course that is included in the Core Curriculum must include instructional activities that address some subset of these six objectives. Which objectives you must address in your class depends upon your discipline. The THECB has developed a one-page document mapping objectives to core areas.

To support your adoption of the core objectives required in your class, we’ve tagged resources and events throughout our site to help you find ideas and people that can help.

To include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication.

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To include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.

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To include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.

To include the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making

To include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.

To include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.