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The Carolina Core is a living curriculum. Faculty on the Carolina Core Committee will continuously review the program and may suggest changes and improvements to keep the Core strong.

Each component of the Carolina Core will be fully assessed at least once before the university’s next SACS accreditation visit. View the proposed Carolina Core Assessment Schedule [pdf].

New Core courses may be proposed at any time for review through the Carolina Core Committee and Faculty Senate course approval process. Regular review (assessment) of student assignments will allow faculty to recommend ways to continuously improve student learning.

Student Learning Review

The Carolina Core Committee has established the Principles and Process of Carolina Core Student Learning Review [pdf]. This is a faculty-driven process that allows direct anonymous review of student assignments to see if the overall general education learning goals are being met.

Students, courses, and faculty are not identified to the reviewer. Results are not linked to courses, faculty, or students. Evaluation results are not used for faculty annual review, tenure or promotion, or any other evaluation process.

The steps are simple:

  1. All faculty members teaching a Core course identify one or more assignment(s) that show mastery of the Core learning outcome. They direct their students to upload the selected assignment(s) to Blackboard. See how to create assignments and align them to Carolina Core learning outcomes [pdf].

  2. Students upload the selected assignment(s) through Blackboard.

  3. Blackboard Outcomes randomly samples student work across all courses in the particular Core competency area (including AIU, ARP, CMW, CMS, GSS, GHS, GFL, INF, SCI, VSR) for review by a team of faculty members.

  4. The faculty review team looks at the assignments and determines whether the learning goals are being met.

Demonstrating Student Achievement with Uploaded Assignments

All faculty teaching courses in the Carolina Core will identify one or more student assignments to demonstrate student achievement of Core learning goals in the course.

Faculty first read the general background behind the Core requirement by reviewing the context statement for each learning outcome. They then see the assessment rubric developed by a Carolina Core specialty team for specific details of what is needed for the selected assignment. Note that each Core area has several different learning goals or student achievements.

More than one assignment might be needed to cover all of the Core learning goals specified in the prototypical syllabus. As we phase in Carolina Core program review – one competency area at a time – the professional staff and experienced Core faculty will assist professors with deciding whether all learning goals will be reviewed, which assignments are suitable, etc.

AIU Assessment Rubric

Download the AIU Assessment Rubric [pdf] to view requirements for student achivements.

ARP Assessment Rubric

Download the ARP Assessment Rubric [pdf] to view requirements for student achivements.

CMW and CMS Assessment Rubrics

Download the assessment Rubric for Written Communication [pdf] to view requirements for student achivements. Oral Communication assessment is conducted in the course.

GHS, GSS, and GFL Assessment Rubrics

Download an assessment rubric for Historical Thinking [pdf] or Social Sciences [pdf] to view requirements for student achivements. Foreign Language assessment is conducted in the course.

INF Assessment Rubric

Download the INF Assessment Rubric [pdf] to view requirements for student achivements.

SCI Assessment Rubric

Download the SCI Assessment Rubric [pdf] to view requirements for student achivements.

VSR Assessment Rubric

Download the VSR Assessment Rubric [pdf] to view requirements for student achivements.


Reviewing Student Work

Faculty on the Carolina Core Committee will identify other faculty members to serve on a team to review the student work. These faculty reviewers will be selected based on their specialty areas to assess the particular area of study. Review teams will participate in training to ensure consistency of review and inter-rater reliability.

Results and Reporting

The Carolina Core Committee will receive the results from the review teams. Note:  there are no specific course names, numbers, faculty names, or student names attached to the assignments. The Committee will determine whether and to what extent mastery of the learning goal is evident. The Committee will discuss the results and then report to the deans and faculty teaching in the Core area the results of the review. The Committee will recommend that faculty identify and implement any necessary changes to improve student learning.

Hypothetical example
Review of student work indicates that 90 percent of students demonstrate mastery of Learning Goal #1 and that only 40 percent demonstrate mastery of Learning Goal #2. Teaching faculty discuss the results and decide how best to revise teaching methods to improve student learning for Goal #2.