Core Curriculum Review

Welcome to the website for the Core Review Task Force! The Provost appointed the Task Force in Spring 2023 to review the FSU Undergraduate Core Curriculum and make recommendations to update and strengthen it.

From Foundation to Flourishing: 
Creating a Future-Focused Core Curriculum

Fayetteville State University is embarking on an exciting journey to develop a transformative and aspirational Undergraduate Core Curriculum (Core). This collaborative effort will be led the faculty and shaped by key individuals, including students, employers, alumni, and senior senior FSU leadership. Together, we will work towards creating a Core that reflects our institution's rich history, core values, and strategic plan for the future.

What's New?

Core Review Kickoff

The Task Force is hosting a series of opportunities for the FSU community to learn more about trends in general education. The Task Force will also seek the input of the FSU community on how to improve our Core.

  • M Oct 2, 3:30-4:45: C. Edward Watson, "Models and Practices: The National Conversation Regarding General Education and Integrative Learning."
    Dr. Watson is Associate Vice President for Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation and Executive Director of Open Educational Resources and Digital Innovation with the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). At AAC&U, he leads national and state-level advocacy and policy efforts to advance quality in undergraduate student education. Dr. Watson will discuss highlights from the national conversation regarding general education. He will share models and practices currently employed in higher education. (If you have an FSU email account, you can access a recording of the presentation here.)
  • T Oct 3, 2:00-4:00 (RJSC and online: click here to access): Core Review Town Hall.
    Find out more about FSU’s Core Review. Bring your questions and suggestions about the Core and the Core Review process!
  • Oct 3-27: Core Review Survey (click here to access)
    Tell us what knowledge and skills you think FSU's Core should include.
  • Oct 20-Nov 17: Core Review Focus Groups
    We will conduct focus groups with students, alumni, employers, community partners, and others. Sign up by completing the Core Review Survey.

*Online events will be conducted using Microsoft Teams. No software is required to join the meeting. However, for the best user experience, download Microsoft Teams to your device. Log in to Teams using your FSU email and password. When you access the meeting from the web or from the Microsoft Outlook app, your browser will tell you that "The site is trying to open Microsoft Teams." Click Open to join the meeting using the Teams app, or click Join on the Teams app.

What is the Core Curriculum?

According to the FSU Undergraduate Catalog,

The Undergraduate Core Curriculum provides the academic foundation for all the undergraduate degree programs at Fayetteville State University. The core curriculum enables students to develop the skills and general knowledge that are essential to success in their respective major programs and careers after graduation.

The Core Curriculum includes basic skills such as written communication, critical thinking, and quantitative reasoning. It requires students to take courses in the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. And it includes other subjects that FSU considers important for all students, such as Global Literacy and Ethics and Civic Engagement. For more information about the Core Curriculum, click here.

Why Review the Core Curriculum Now?

FSU reviews the core curriculum periodically to ensure that it

  • provides the skills and knowledge all students need to succeed in a changing world,
  • meets the needs of all FSU undergraduates as the student population evolves,
  • reflects the mission of the university as it too evolves, and
  • ensures the success of all students who take core courses.

The last core review was completed in 2012. 

For more information about FSU identity and the core curriculum, click here

What Kinds of Change will the Review Consider?

The Core Review will consider

  • Learning Outcomes and Requirements: What are the fundamental skills and knowledge all FSU students should master? What kinds of courses should students take to master the core learning outcomes? How many courses should they take? More....
  • Teaching and Learning: How should core courses be taught to ensure that all students succeed? More...
  • Assessment: How does the university ensure that students are mastering core learning outcomes? More...
  • Student Support: How does FSU support the wide diversity of undergraduate students who take core courses? More...
  • Governance: Who is the university official responsible for the core curriculum? How is that official advised by the faculty? More...

What Principles Guide the Core Review?

The Core Review Task Force is guided by the following principles: 

  • Mission: The purpose of the Core Curriculum is to provide the general skills and knowledge all FSU graduates should possess regardless of their background or major. These general skills and knowledge should prepare students for success in their majors, careers, and lives.  
  • Curriculum: The Core Curriculum should be based on core learning outcomes or competencies that are carefully defined and consistently implemented across the courses that fulfill core requirements. Core learning outcomes should be introduced and developed in the core curriculum, but they must be reinforced throughout the majors as relevant and evident in students’ capstone work.
  • Teaching and Learning: Core courses should incorporate evidence-based teaching practices that lead to student success. Both general and discipline-specific teaching practices must inform the instruction of all core courses. Teaching practices must address the extraordinary diversity of FSU students. 
  • Assessment: Core courses should be subject to rigorous assessment based on established best practices to ensure that students are mastering core learning outcomes. That includes basing assessment on the work students do in their courses and on common rubrics that define the core learning outcomes and levels of performance. The Core Curriculum should also be assessed based on how well it contributes to the success, progression, and graduation of all undergraduate students. 
  • Student Support: Student services should be intentionally designed to contribute to student success in the core. This includes academic support, advising, and co-curricular activities. These services must be tailored to the needs of the wide diversity of students we serve. 
  • Governance: The Core Curriculum is the largest academic program at FSU. As an academic program, faculty have primary responsibility for the Core Curriculum. As a large program spanning every academic college, the Core requires administrative oversight and support. 

How will the Core Review Work?

The Core Review will be faculty-led and community-informed. SACSCOC, the University of North Carolina, and Fayetteville State all give faculty primary responsibility for the curriculum. The Provost, who is FSU's chief academic officer and a member of the faculty, has ensured that the Core Review Task Force and its subcommittees include a majority of faculty.

However, the Provost has also insisted that the core review be community-informed. That community consists of the many stakeholders who have an interest in the core curriculum:

  • Employers and community organizations, who hire FSU graduates;
  • Educational partners, such as the North Carolina community colleges, which are the primary source of transfer students;
  • Students and alumni, who are the ultimate reason our institution exists.

The Core Review Task Force will solicit stakeholder input through a variety of means, including

  • Subcommittees
  • Surveys
  • Focus groups
  • Town Halls

For more about the Core Review process, click here.

When will the Core Review Happen?

The Core Review is already underway! The Task Force and faculty subcommittees were appointed in spring 2023. The Task Force planned over summer 2023. The Task Force will solicit stakeholder input over fall semester 2023. The input will be analyzed and used to inform recommendations that will be submitted for further input in spring 2024. The Provost has asked that the Task Force report its recommendations by the end of spring semester 2024.

For more about Core Review timeline, click here.

Website: For questions about the website, contact John Brooks ( The Core Review Task Force would like to thank the following for their contributions to this site: Dr. Miriam DeLone, Dr. Melissa Haithcox-Dennis.