The Core Curriculum Committee stewards MSU’s General Education Curriculum. The committee is responsible for reviewing and making recommendations regarding new Core course proposals and for overseeing the assessment of existing Core courses and learning outcomes. The committee reviews Core Curriculum annual learning assessment reports and provides the strong foundation upon which Montana State University develops, identifies, and documents quality improvement plans and goals around its general education curriculum.


Steward and advocate for MSU’s Core Curriculum in collaboration with the faculty through ongoing evaluation, assessment and reporting of the appropriateness and effectiveness of general education requirements.

Areas of Responsibility

The Core Curriculum Committee is responsible for the following:

  • The review of annual program assessment documents for MSU’s core curriculum
  • The review of new Core Curriculum course proposals (based on recommendations from steering committees)
  • Design and development of formats and templates for assessment of core curriculum program learning outcomes (assessment plans and reports)
  • Recommendations and planning for improvement of and innovation in MSU’s general education curriculum
  • Providing feedback as needed to departments/programs offering Core courses
  • Institutional reporting to Deans’ Council, Faculty Senate and Office of the Provost to inform strategic planning objectives.


Twice a month, but cycle may vary according to workload.


Voting Members: Faculty/staff nominated by the college deans to represent each of the following core areas: Inquiry, Diversity, Contemporary Issues in Science, Research/Creativity and University Seminar. Faculty/staff nominated by the Dean of Letters and Science to represent the Writing and Quantitative core areas. One member nominated by the Dean of the Library. Two additional at-large members to be nominated by Faculty Senate and selected from the faculty to ensure broad representation. One student member.

Nonvoting Members: Director of University Studies, appointed by position, term of office. Faculty serving as representatives for Research/Creativity, Inquiry, Diversity, Contemporary Issues in Science and University Seminar will also be responsible for seeking expertise and input, as necessary, from their associated steering committees.