University Common Requirements ACADA Roundtable Presentation April 25, 2012 Susan Poch Associate Dean, University College Associate Dean, University College What is UCORE? FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE: 3 semester credit hours [ROOT] Roots of Contemporary Issues (3 cr.) FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES: 9 semester credit hours [QUAN] Quantitative Reasoning (3 cr.) [WRTG] Written Communication (3 cr.) [COMM] or [WRTG] Communication course (3 cr.) WAYS OF KNOWING: 16 semester credit hours [SSCI] Inquiry in the Social Sciences (3cr.) [HUM] Inquiry in the Humanities (3cr.) [ARTS] Inquiry in the Creative and Professional Arts (3cr.) [BSCI] [PSCI] [SCI] Inquiry in the Natural Sciences (7 cr.) INTEGRATIVE AND APPLIED LEARNING: 6 semester credit hours [DIVR] Diversity (3 cr.) [CAPS] Integrative Capstone (3 cr.) University COmmon REquirements • UCORE provides a degree of balance between a major and the broader objectives of higher education. • UCORE is intended to be flexible enough to work for all majors (and portable!). • UCORE applies to new freshmen students who enter WSU in fall 2012. • Transfer students who enter WSU in Fall 2012 will follow the current General Education Requirements. • Current students will continue to follow the General Education Requirements as outlined in the catalog. What’s Changed… • UCORE total required credits—34 credits GERs had 40 credits • UCORE required Science credits—7 credits GERs had 10 required Science credits • A maximum of three, 3-credit UCORE courses may also be used to fulfill major requirements. What’s Changed for the College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) are: Foreign Language: 2 years of high school (must be the same language) or 1 year of college-level foreign language study Additional 3 credits of [SSCI], [HUM], or [ARTS] for a total of 12 UCORE/CAS requirements Additional 1 lab credit of [BSCI] or [PSCI] for a total of 8 credits and 2 labs (UCORE/CAS requirements). What’s Not Changed… • UCORE courses cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis. • Two “communication proficiency” courses: --[WRTG] (ENGLISH 101) + [COMM] OR [WRTG] • Honors students continue with Honors requirements. FAQ’s (answers found in the companion UCORE handbook!) • Can UCORE courses ‘double dip?’ • Can a UCORE course count for a GER? • Can current students switch to UCORE from GERs? • Can new transfer students switch from GER to UCORE? • What about World Civ? • [M] courses? Let’s talk about Transfer Students By definition, transfer students are students who earned ANY amount of credits after high school, excluding summer after high school. Students who earned credit while still in high school are freshmen. • For Fall 2012 transfers, it matters WHEN the credits were completed, not how many. • Transfer students who enter Fall 2012 will follow current GER curriculum. TRANSFER STUDENTS FALL 2013 (AND AFTER) IF THEY HAVE: THEY NEED: An approved transferable AA (DTA) Integrative Capstone [CAPS] An approved transferable Associate of Science (AST) Roots of Contemporary Issues [ROOT] Second [COMM] or [WRTG] Diversity [DIVR] Integrative Capstone [CAPS] No approved transferable degree UCORE using course-bycourse matches of transferred and UCORE categories Washington 45! Presented here for information and examples of equivalencies • Legislative Mandate • Students who complete these courses at a public CTC in Washington may transfer them as general education requirement to any public BI in the state. • Students may transfer a maximum of 45 quarter credits under this agreement. (see chart in guidebook) Example Degree Plans with UCORE Two majors are presented here to show how UCORE courses are integrated into a schedule of studies: • Look for UCORE courses may also fulfill a major requirement. • Look for UCORE designations: UCORE courses are designated by function, i.e. once a requirement is fulfilled the UCORE designation will not appear again on subsequent UCORE courses. Communication and Society First Year Second Year First Term Hours First Term Hours COM 101 3 Diversity [DIVR] 3 COM 210 3 ENGLISH 101 [WRTG] 3 COM 295 3 HISTORY 105 [ROOT] 3 Humanities [HUM] 3 Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN] 3 Major Specialization2 3 Second Term Biological Sciences [BSCI] or SCIENCE 101 [SCI]1 3 or 4 Physical Sciences [PSCI] or SCIENCE 102 [SCI]1 3 or 4 Second Term COM 102 [COMM] 3 COMSOC 301 3 COM 105 3 Creative & Professional Arts [ARTS] 3 Social Sciences [SSCI] 3 Electives 9 Electives 3 Complete Writing Portfolio Apply for and Certify in Major Take Writing Certification Exam Third Year Fourth Year First Term Hours First Term Hours COMSOC 321 3 300-400-level Electives 3 COMSOC 324 [M] 3 COMSTRAT 409 3 Electives 9 Integrated Capstone [CAPS] 3 Major Elective or COMSOC 4952 3 Major Specialization3 3 Major Elective or COMSOC 4952 3 Second Term Hours Electives COM 470 3 Second Term Hours COM 420 3 9 Major Elective or COMSOC 4952 3 Major Specialization 3 3 Electives 6 Biology-General Option First Year First Term Second Year Hours First Term Hours Biol 106 [BSCI] 4 Humanities [HUM] 3 Chem 105 [PSCI] 4 Chem 345 4 Engl 101 [WRTG] 3 3 Roots of Contemporary Issues [ROOT] 3 Communication Prof [COMM or WRTG] Phys 101 or 201 4 Second Term Hours Second Term Hours Biol 107 4 Biol 301 4 Chem 106 4 MBioS 303 4 Math 140 or 171 [QUAN] 4 Phys 102 or 202 4 Social Sciences [SSCI] 3 Complete Writing Portfolio Third Year First Term Fourth Year Hours First Term Creative and Prof Arts [ARTS] 3 Program Option Courses or Electives Biol 372 [M] 4 Biol 405 Program Option Courses or Electives Second Term Diversity [DIVR] Stat 212, 412, or Psych 311 Program Option Courses or Electives 8 or 9 Hours 3 3 or 4 9 Second Term Hours 10 3 Hours Biol 352 or MBioS 401 3 Program Opt Courses or Biology Elective 7 Capstone [CAPS] 3 Questions?