University of Houston-Victoria

Institutional Research Effectiveness


Core Curriculum

In order to add a new course to the core curriculum, the normal approval process must be followed, so that the course will be added to the course inventory. Additionally, the course must be approved by the Core Curriculum Committee (a Faculty Senate subcommittee).

New core courses require THECB approval. We may only submit new core courses for approval ONCE each year, but there is no limit on the number of courses we may submit for approval. The deadline for submitting new core courses to THECB is June 30.

The following information is required for all new core courses. There are prompts in the course development form to collect this information.

  • A sample syllabus
  • An justification for how the course supports the core curriculum
  • An assessment plan for each core learning outcome associated with the component area

Information about the Core Curriculum

Matrix of component areas and student learning outcomes

UHV core assessment rubrics

UHV core assessment plan

THECB inventory of core classes, including

  • A search tool to find all core courses taught at UHV or other universities
  • A list of component areas
  • A link to the Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS)
  • Links to relevant state laws and THECB rules


Assessment of the Core

A report from the core faculty of the assessment activity is due each year in October and should be submitted to the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. Both THECB and SACSCOC require a decennial report of our assessment of student learning in the core curriculum. The report is due to both agencies in 2024.

SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation Standard 8.2.b. reads:

The institution identifies expected outcomes, assesses the extent to which it achieves these outcomes, and provides evidence of seeking improvement based on analysis of the results in the areas below:

b. student learning outcomes for collegiate-level general education competencies of its undergraduate degree programs. (Student outcomes: general education)


Communication X X   X   X
Math X X X      
Life and Physical X X X X    
Lang, Phil & Culture X X     X X
Creative X X   X X  
History X X     X X
Political X X     X X
Social & Behavioral X X X   X  
Component Area X X        
  • Critical Thinking Skills (CT): includes creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
  • Communication Skills (COM): includes effective written, oral, and visual communication.
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills (EQS): includes applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.
  • Teamwork (TW): includes the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.
  • Social Responsibility (SR): includes intercultural competency, civic knowledge, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
  • Personal Responsibility (PR): includes the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.


Core Curriculum Revisions submitted to the Texas Coordinating Board, Fall 2013