Core Curriculum Governance and Assessment Committee

This committee addresses SACSCOC principle: Educational Program Structure and Content

Charge: The Core Curriculum Governance and Assessment Committee shall make recommendations to the provost on matters pertaining to Lamar’s core curriculum. Specifically, the duties of the committee are to: 1) conduct regular assessment and reporting of student learning in the core; 2) solicit and review proposals from faculty for core courses to be included in the core curriculum, following guidelines set by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges; 3) select courses which will be included in the core; 4) continuously oversee assessment and improvement of courses selected for core inclusion to improve student learning. Members are elected from and by the full-time faculty and must be experienced and tenured. Members shall be from each disciplinary area represented in the core, along with an at-large member from each college. The executive director of planning and assessment, the director of the center for teaching and learning, the director of assessment, and the director of the quality enhancement program shall also serve.

Membership & Reporting: Chair is elected by members; charge to Committee given by Provost; recommendations from Committee presented to Provost. CCGC members must be experienced and tenured. Chairs may serve. CCGC becomes a permanent body, with terms to be staggered after the first year. Function of CCGC is as follows: 1) to conduct regular assessment and reporting of student learning in our core; 2) to solicit and review proposals from faculty for core courses to be included in the revised core curriculum, following guidelines set by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; 3) to select courses which will be included in the revised core; 4) to continuously oversee assessment and improvement of courses selected for inclusion in order to improve student learning.

Committee Members 

Theresa Hefner-Babb (Exec. Director, Planning and Assessment) Ex Officio
Jarrod Rossi (Coordinator, Institutional Effectiveness) Ex Officio
David Short (Registrar) Ex Officio
Amy Smith (Director, Center for Teaching & Learning Enhancement) Ex Officio
TBD (Director, QEP) Ex Officio
Chiung-Fang Chang (Sociology, Social Work, & Criminal Justice)
 Core Area: social sciences
FALL 2018-SUM 2021
Edythe Kirk (Psychology)
 Core Area: mathematics
FALL 2018-SUM 2021
Mike Matthis (English & Modern Languages)
 Core Area: philosophy
FALL 2018-SUM 2021
Nicki Michalski (Communication)
 Core Areas: communication, creative arts
FALL 2018-SUM 2021
Catalina Castillon (English & Modern Languages)
 Core Area: communication
FALL 2017-SUM 2020
Joel Grothe (Theatre and Dance)
 Core Area: creative arts
FALL 2017-SUM 2020
George Irwin (Physics)
 Core Area: natural sciences
FALL 2017-SUM 2020
Bryan Proksch (Music)
 Core Area: creative arts
FALL 2017-SUM 2020
Martha Rinker (Psychology)
 Core Area: social sciences
FALL 2017-SUM 2020
MaryE Wilkinson (Mathematics)
 Core Area: mathematics
FALL 2017-SUM 2020
Hsing-wei Chu (Mechanical Engineering)
 Core Areas: mathematics, social sciences
FALL 2016-SUM 2019
Kurt Dyrhaug (Art)
 Core Area: creative arts
FALL 2016-SUM 2019
Sara Hillin (English & Modern Languages)
 Core Area: communication
FALL 2016-SUM 2019
Jim Sanderson (English & Modern Languages)
 Core Area: literature
FALL 2016-SUM 2019
Tom Sower (Political Science)
 Core Area: political science
FALL 2016-SUM 2019
Randall Terry (Biology)
 Core Area: natural sciences
FALL 2016-SUM 2019
Kakoli Bandyopadhyay (Information Systems and Analysis)
 Core Areas: mathematics, social sciences
FALL 2015-SUM 2018
Rebecca Boone (History)
 Core Area: history
FALL 2015-SUM 2018
Richard Lumpkin (Chemistry)
 Core Area: natural sciences
FALL 2015-SUM 2018
Zanthia Smith (Deaf Studies & Deaf Education)
 Core Area: communication
FALL 2015-SUM 2018