UCA Core Curriculum Development
- What is the time line for upper-division Core and Capstone curriculum approval?
- When and for how long can we propose courses for expedited review?
- How many hours make up a capstone course? from 1-6 hours
- Will other departments be creating upper-level courses with few or no prerequisites that our majors can take to fulfill the UCA Core requirements?
- If a lower-division course is not placed where it best fits, can it be moved to a new category? Yes, but it would need to go back through expedited review.
- What are the requirements for a course to receive a particular designation (DICR and/or Z)?
UCA Core Assessment
- What will the UCA Core pilot assessment process look like?
- Will there be training on how to use the assessment rubrics?
- Does every section of an upper-division core class have to be assessed every time that it is taught? After we complete the two pilot semesters fall 2013 and spring 2014, yes.
UCA Core Advising
Please see more information at the Academic Advising Web site.
- What is a First-Year Seminar course?
- If a student transfers to UCA with fewer than 30 hours, does he/she need to take a FYS? Yes.
- If a student transfers into UCA with more than 30 hours, does he/she need to take a FYS? No.
- What if a student comes to UCA with 30 or more hours straight from high school due to AP and concurrent credit? Does that student still have to take a FYS? The UCA Core Director can waive the FYS requirement in individual cases such as this.
- If a student has completed an AA degree from a public institution of higher education in Arkansas, has he/she completed the new UCA Core? Yes, although some majors may have specific requirements not satisfied by the transferred AA.
- How can you tell if a student has completed an AA degree at a public institution from Arkansas? The transferred AA degree will be noted in the student’s advising notes.
- What if a transfer student has his/her transcript evaluated by the Registrar’s Office, but he/she has some questions about whether or not a particular class could transfer into a certain category on the check sheet? Ask the student to email the UCA Core Director with the transcript and question, and she will take it from there: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Is it true that students can double-dip under the new UCA Core? Yes, unless otherwise specified by major or minor requirements. Students can take courses that count for both the lower-division Core and their major, but they must still have 120 hours to graduate. Students will just have more flexibility in their electives.
- Can current students switch to the new UCA Core? Yes, anytime. Advisors, please keep track of which plan students are following.
- Can new students choose the old general education program? No.
- Can students choose the old general education program if they attended the university previously, left the university for a year, and came back? No. They must follow the new UCA Core.
- If juniors and/or seniors choose the new lower-division Core, do they have to follow the upper-division Core? Yes, if the relevant departments have already implemented their upper-division Core curriculum. If the relevant departments have not implemented their upper-division Core curriculum, then students will follow the curriculum in place.