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OSU is in the process of reforming our General Education program currently known as the Baccalaureate Core, as part of our commitment to diversifying and updating our curriculum to meet the needs of our twenty-first-century learners. This has been a multi-year endeavor in partnership with the Faculty Senate and is rooted in best practices from the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the National Association of Career Employers (NACE), and aims to find alignment with Oregon's Core Transfer Map (CTM).
OSU is committed to reforming our curriculum to promote our institution's mission to serve the state, nation, and world. To that end, our curriculum maps to the Core Transfer Map stemming from the 2017 Oregon House Bill 2998. The proposed General Education reform has new and updated requirements that fulfill the needs of a diversifying student body in Corvallis, Bend, and students OUT THERE enrolled in our undergraduate Ecampus programs.
The proposed curriculum aims to elevate our general education to meet the needs of our 21st century learners by developing students’ intellectual capacities and resiliency to be critical agents who transform knowledge into action.
Through the re-design, we will introduce students early in their time at OSU to different modes of inquiry while also connecting them with high-impact educational practices through integrative and applied learning courses. Students will examine perspectives within and across a variety of disciplines to apply skills necessary for navigating complex challenges facing our society and world. OSU’s signature curriculum will ensure all students will have access to these thought-provoking courses, while still honoring students’ prior learning.
Oregon State University’s Baccalaureate Core is a universal educational experience for the 21st-century learner that promotes economic, social, cultural, and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation, and the world. The curriculum strives to develop students’ intellectual capacities and resiliency to be critical agents who transform knowledge into action. Through deep and integrative experiences, OSU’s general education meets students where they are in their educational journey and equips them for meaningful, lifelong learning. Our Baccalaureate Core is designed to foster student potential to innovate and change the world by solving complex problems, adapting to change, and becoming community members in a global society.