Assessment of the Core Curriculum

Beginning in fall 2016, UNR will implement a new, competencies-based Core Curriculum, based on the following four divisions of Core Objectives (COs).  This curriculum, described in the Implementation Plan of January 2014, the Core Standards of April 2014, and the Core Verification process (updated 01/15), will train students in communication, quantitative reasoning, methods of inquiry, critical and creative thinking, and integration, synthesis, and application of knowledge; moreover, it will be integrated into each major, so that the knowledge and skills described in the COs will be developed throughout a student's progress towards his or her degree.

Approved Silver Core Courses

The syllabi of newly approved Core courses, arranged by Core Objective, will be regularly posted on the UNR Curriculum Central site.

The Cycle of Core Assessment

In fall 2016, the Core Board will oversee a five-year cycle of Core assessment, based on the following schedule (Core Humanities and Core Writing underwent assessment in spring 2016-fall 2016):

  • 2016-17: Science - Mathematics & Statistics (including Core Math), CLA - Humanities (English, History, Philosophy, WLL), DHS - Nursing, CABNR - BMB
  • 2017-18: Science - Earth Sciences (Geography, Geological Sciences & Engineering, Mining Engineering), CLA - Social Sciences (Anthropology, Communication Studies, GRI, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology), DHS - Social Work, CABNR - ANVS, Business - BS in Business Admin programs and Economics BA
  • 2018-19: Science - Natural Sciences (Biology [and Neuroscience, with Psychology], Chemistry, Microbiology, Physics), CLA - Fine Arts (Art, Music, Theatre) and Criminal Justice, DHS - CHS, CABNR - NRES, Education - HDFS
  • 2019-20: DHS - Speech Pathology & Audiology, Journalism, Education - Secondary Ed, Integrated Elementary Teaching, and NevadaTeach, Engineering, General Studies, Honors
  • 2020-21: Core Curriculum Self-Study.

Reporting Core Assessment

During this cycle, faculty members, department representatives, the Core Assessment Committee, Core Objective Committees, and the Core Board will follow the guidelines and rely on the reporting forms below:

Core Assessment Guidelines (2015-2020)

Core Objective Assessment Forms:

  • Initial Form, to be completed by department assessment committee or instructor of Core course
  • Response to Initial Form, to be completed by appropriate Core Objective committee
  • Follow-Up Form, to be completed by department assessment committee or instructor of Core course

*As indicated in these documents, assessment forms are due by the 8th week of the semester following instruction of a Core course. Faculty members should submit completed forms, along with the required accompanying documents (described in the form), to a department contact. Once all forms are collected, please send to Diann Jones in the Core Curriculum office by setting up a shared NevadaBox folder or by email ( or arrange for pickup.

Guidelines for Core Objective Committees

Assessment Rubrics 

The following rubrics are suggested by the Core Assessment Committee.  Faculty assessing Core courses need not use them and are free to adapt the rubrics to their needs. For additional advice, please contact Russell Stone at As models for Core assessment are offered by departments around campus, they will be added to this site.

CO1: Effective Composition & Communication


CO2: Quantitative Reasoning

CO3: Critical Analysis & Use of Information

     Critical Thinking:

     Use of Information:

CO4: Physical & Natural Phenomena

CO5: History & Culture

CO6: Cultures, Societies, & Individuals

CO7: Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression

CO8: Constitution

CO9: Science, Technology, & Society

CO10: Diversity & Equity

CO11: Global Contexts

CO12: Ethics

CO13: Integration & Synthesis (PDF and Word)

CO14: Application


     Service Learning: