UT Tyler

Core Curriculum Assessment

Office of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness

The University of Texas at Tyler Core Curriculum is approved annually by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Texas (THECB) and aligns with the UT Tyler mission and strategic plan to prepare all UT Tyler graduates to be productive and successful 21st century leaders.

The purpose of Core Curriculum assessment is to improve student attainment of the Texas Core Objectives and to affirm the following foundational goals of general education:

  • All Core Curriculum Course competencies are college-level.
  • Assessment documents the degree of acceptable student attainment for each student learning outcome.
  • Core courses present a breadth of knowledge and do not focus narrowly on skills, techniques and procedures specific to a particular occupation or profession.
  • Core courses are designed to fulfill the general education requirements for the entire student population.

 Texas Core Curriculum Required 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.

2019-2020 UT Tyler Core Curriculum and Component Assessment Mapping


 LEAP Texas

UT Tyler is a member in the LEAP Texas collaborative of more than 60 higher education institutions. The LEAP Texas initiative is focused on three key areas of activity:

  1. Leveraging the newly redesigned Texas Core Curriculum for Higher Education (largely informed by the LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes) for the overall improvement in undergraduate education.
  2. Creating a capacity for large-scale, inter-institutional collaboration in robust and authentic assessment.
  3. Embedding High-Impact Practices (HIPs) in the undergraduate curriculum. 


VALUE Rubrics

VALUE stands for Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education. VALUE is a campus-based, faculty developed assessment approach organized and lead by AAC&U as part of its Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative.

AAC&U VALUE Project - Rubric Calibration: The Ground Rules

Parts of a VALUE Rubric

Intellectual and Performance Skills

Personal and Social Responsibility

Integrative and Applied Learning


THECB Texas Core Curriculum Assessment Guide



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