Core Curriculum

Sam Houston State University Core Curriculum Assessment

Sam Houston State University's Core Curriculum Assessment Plan has been approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and will go into effect Fall, 2014.  The plan outlines a variety of different assessment projects that will be utilized by SHSU to evaluate student attainment of the THECB's six Core Objectives.  It should be noted that this plan is a living document.  The measures and timeline outlined within it are subject to change and modification by the University as necessary.

SHSU is committed to providing a quality core curriculum that ensures that our students are gaining a foundation of knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, developing principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and mastering advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning.  To ensure that our students are gaining this vital, and necessary, knowledge, our institution has designed and implemented a core curriculum from which our students gain a knowledge of six specific core learning objectives:

  • Critical Thinking Skills - to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
  • Communication Skills - to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills - to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions
  • Teamwork - to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal
  • Personal Responsibility - to include the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making
  • Social Responsibility: to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities

Presentations and Resources


Core Curriculum Assessment Projects


Writing in the Disciplines Project

The Writing in the Disciplines (WID) Assessment Project was a partnership between the Writing in the Disciplines committee and the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment.  The purpose of this pilot assessment project was to determine the efficacy of Sam Houston State University's W-course requirement and to evaluate student written communication skills in general. 


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