The Silver Core Curriculum does not take effect until Fall 2016
The Silver Core Curriculum includes 14 Core Objectives in 4 veins. Courses may either build a foundation for an objective, develop competency in the objective, integrate the objective into the Core Capstone course, or satisfy an objective outright. All courses which satisfy an objective must be verified by the Core Curriculum Board. Verification requires that a substantial amount of student effort, roughly equivalent to 1 credit or more, be devoted to the objective. Courses which integrate or satisfy an objective must also assess student learning outcomes.
Silver Vein I (Fundamental Practice) includes 3 Core Objectives. The Core Writing and Math requirements will build a foundation for these objectives, and competency will be developed elsewhere in the General Education requirements. Majors will be expected to further develop discipline-specific competency in these objectives, and they will also be integrated into the Core Capstone course:
Silver Vein II (Primary Areas of Focused Inquiry) includes 5 Core Objectives. These will be satisfied by the Core Natural Science, Core Humanities, Core Social Science, and Core Fine Arts requirements:
Silver Vein III (Advanced Areas of Focused Inquiry) includes 4 Core Objectives. These can be satisfied by courses within the student's major requirements or electives, and at least 1 of these objectives should also be integrated into the Core Capstone course. Some General Education courses in Silver Vein II may also satisfy these objectives:
Silver Vein IV (Integrative Experience) includes the final 2 Core Objectives. The first of these objectives, CO13, is satisfied by the Core Capstone course, which must also integrate 2 of the objectives in Silver Vein I and 1 of the objectives in Silver Vein III. The second of these objectives, CO14, may be satisfied by either the Core Capstone course or another course in the major: