Core Implementation

Welcome to the Core Implementation website.

We're happy to announce that LMU's new core has been launched. To date, we have approved 400 new courses and flags, including more than 50 new FYS courses. New proposals continue to come into the University Core Curriculum Committee.

This has only been made possible by the energetic participation of faculty from across the University, department chairs and program directors who have worked diligently to ensure that core courses can be offered by their faculty, associate deans as well as school/college support staff who have worked tirelessly to schedule courses and manage advising for our continuing students and faculty advisors who have helped new and continuing students navigate the bulletin and course schedule. Huge thanks to one and all!

The new core is a vibrant and dynamic entity. As such, we ecnourage you to continue submitting applications for new Core courses. Proposals are considered on a rolling basis so please feel free to submit a propoal at any time.

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS FOR SPRING 2015 IS APRIL 4, 2014

The deadline to submit a proposal so that it will complete the approval process in time to be listed as a Core Course for the Spring 2015 semester is April 4, 2014.

APPROVAL PROCESS:

The approval process remains the same: proposals must be approved by your department chair/program director and Dean of your school/college. Once approved, the proposal will be reviewed by an approval committee, populated by faculty with expertise in the core category and chaired by a member of the UCCC, using the criteria as approved by the various faculty working groups.

The approval committee may recommend approval to the UCCC or it may send the proposal back to you for clarification and revision. Once the approval committee is satisfied that the proposal meets the criteria as established for each core category, it will send the approved proposal to the UCCC for final approval. You will be notified by the chair of the approval committee, with a cc: to your chair/director and dean.

SCHEDULING AN APPROVED COURSE:

Once a course has been approved by the UCCC, it is up to the faculty member to work with his/her department chair/program director and associate dean to schedule the course.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:


1. No class may carry more than 2 flags.

2. Core approvals are for the course, not the faculty teaching the course. Once a course is approved, it is expected that the course will be taught from semester to semester in accordance with the core attributes. The core attributes for a course can not be dropped or added year after year by the faculty member. Departments should take care to monitor courses for adherence to the core criteria.

3. Chair/director endorsement of a course is a commitment that the department/program will teach the course as approved, regardless of faculty teaching the course.

 

CONTINUING STUDENTS:

A Core Information Guide has been prepared to help advisors and advisees negotiate the new core. This is especially helpful to continuing students who opt into the new Core.

Each school or college has determined the best way to explain the information contained in the guide, and each school or college has prepared specific guidelines for their continuing sophomore and junior students, based on the approved policies found in the guide.  Our aim is that continuing students will be able to understand the new Core and their options for moving into it in relation to their major and college requirements for graduation. It is imperative that colleges and schools support the students as they gather information and make this transition.

CONTACT INFORMATION: To propose a course or ask a question about the core, please contact us at newcore@lmu.edu.

FOR THE NEW CORE CURRICULUM INFORMATION GUIDE, CLICKCore Curriculum Information Guide Spring 2014