About the KU Core
The KU Core was designed to yield fundamental skills, build a broad background of knowledge, generate capacities and opportunities for blending and creating ideas, strengthen an appreciation of cultural and global diversity, and cultivate ethical integrity. Developed in 2013 as the university-wide curriculum for all incoming undergraduate students, the KU Core spans the undergraduate experience.
It comprises three general education goals and three advanced education goals. The general education goals are best met early in a student’s career. The advanced education goals are most appropriately acquired using the foundation of knowledge gained from the general education goals and progression through the major.
A university-wide standing committee known as the University Core Curriculum Committee (UCCC) governs the KU Core by developing, sustaining, and overseeing the KU Core curriculum. The committee meets every other Tuesday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the academic year.
University Core Curriculum Committee Membership
The committee includes one voting representative from each of the five divisions of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and one from each of the professional schools with undergraduate programs. The UCCC faculty members select a chair annually. Faculty members in their second year on the UCCC are elgible to be nominated or self-nominate for chair-elect.
Voting members of the committee are tenured or tenure-track faculty. They serve three-year terms and may be reappointed. One representative from the libraries, Schools of Nursing and Health Professions at KUMC, and from Undergraduate Studies will serve as ex-officio, non-voting members. Student representatives serve one-year terms.
For more information, please visit the UCCC Policy.
The documents collected below trace the development of the KU Core from its inception in the Energizing the Educational Environment work group to its launch as part of Bold Aspirations, KU's 2012-2017 strategic plan.
- Energizing the Educational Environment
- Strategic Plan, Strategy 1-A
- KU Core Learning Outcomes Surveys/Results
- Bold Aspirations