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Core Curriculum Task Force

Task Force Membership

One faculty representative from Education, Library, Business Administration, Architecture, Engineering, Health Professions/Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Math, and Science; four faculty representatives from Liberal Arts; and two non-voting administrative representatives designated by the AVP.



    13 faculty representatives

    Michael Barry, English, College of Liberal Arts & Education (term expires ad hoc)

    Don Burkholder, Political Science, College of Liberal Arts & Education (term expires ad hoc)

    Margaret Coleman, Dental Hygiene, School of Dentistry (term expires ad hoc)

    Claire Crabtree, English, College of Liberal Arts & Education (term expires ad hoc)

    Jeanne David, Accounting, College of Business Administration (term expires ad hoc)

    Nancy Gibney, Education, College of Liberal Arts & Education (term expires ad hoc)

    Greg Grabowski, Co-Chairperson, Biology, College of Engineering & Science  (term expires ad hoc)

    David Koukal, Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts & Education (term expires ad hoc)

    Tony Martinico, Co-Chair, School of Architecture (term expires ad hoc)

    Alexa Rihana-Abdalla, Civil Engineering, College of Engineering & Science (term expires ad hoc) 

    Donna Roe, Cataloging and Database Management, Libraries (term expires ad hoc)

    Mitzi Saunders, College of Health Professions/McAuley School of Nursing (term expires ad hoc)

    TBD, College of Engineering & Science (term expires ad hoc)

    2 non — voting administrative representatives

    Kate Snyder, Associate Dean, College of Engineering & Science 



    Proposed Core

    The following is the schedule for presentation of the proposed core for University input. Included with this email is an attachment that contains the proposed criteria for the developing core.

    1) The week prior to October 23, the entire proposed Core will be emailed to the entire University.

    2) October 23: Presentation of the proposed Core, LS 113, 12:45-2:00. An email address will be provided for electronic input to the committee at this time.

    3) November/December the committee will hold forums within each college to directly receive and address constructive perspectives, critiques, and input.

    4) January incorporation of University input by the committee for finalization of the Core.

    Core Curriculum Proposal (PDF)



    Initial Organizational Structure and Tasks

    • Determine Task Force's organizational structure (officers/leadership e.g., chairperson, secretary, and/or other positions)
    • Draft operational policies and procedures (e.g., frequency of meetings, who calls meetings), notification time of meetings (e.g., 10 days), time period for distribution of agenda (e.g., five days), timeline for preparation and approval of meeting minutes

    • Establish procedures for keeping records of approved resolutions, determinations, advice, membership records and other actions

    • Operate according to clear time limits for action on various issues as per paragraph 4 under "Further Details" of Shared Governance Task Force proposal as approved by the University community. See also language under section on MFA indicating "During the pilot period, stringent timelines will be established both for committee and MFA processes and actions."

    • Establish procedures for consultation with relevant administrators to insure mutual sharing of relevant information, data, and concerns.

    • Deliberate and act on pending issues identified by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

    • Provide draft policies and procedures to Shared Governance Task Force by December 1, 2005. (Please note that given the temporary status of the Core Curriculum Task Force, it is expected that draft policies and procedures will be succinct.)


    Ongoing Responsibilities

    • Explore best practices in terms of the structuring of core curricula at other comparable institutions.

    • Develop, in conjunction with the AV, a core undergraduate curriculum for the University of Detroit Mercy.

    • Report on the Task Force's deliberations to the McNichols Faculty Assembly and, by majority vote of the Task Force, make a specific recommendation on a new core curriculum.

    • Keep the University community informed of task force activities through providing summary minutes of meetings and reports posted to the shared governance website. The secretary of the task force is responsible for these postings and for informing Campus Connections of new postings.

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