Core Education Council

Our Charge and Responsibilities

The Core Education Council shall:

  1. Convene an ongoing campus dialogue on the purpose, value, assessment, evaluation and improvement of the core education at the university
  2. Establish, review and revise the goals, objectives and assessable learning outcomes of the core education.
  3. Establish, review and revise policies and processes to ensure an effective, regular and comprehensive system of assessment of student learning outcomes in core education.
  4. Review and recommend to the Senate proposals and policies concerning core education requirements.
  5. Establish guidelines and criteria for courses which satisfy core education requirements. (However, UOCC retains authority to operationalize criteria and guidelines and to approve courses.)
  6. Serve as a resource on core education for campus stakeholders including, but not limited to: the Provost, the Dean of Undergraduate Education, the University Committee on Courses (UOCC), the Academic Council, the Undergraduate Council, the Academic Requirements Committee, the Scholastic Review Committee, and curriculum committees in schools and colleges.
  7. Interpret existing core education policy. Provide guidance on the interpretation of the goals and objectives of core education.
  8. Collaborate with the UO Teaching Academy on quality teaching and learning initiatives that are relevant to core education; identify topics for faculty scrutiny and insight through the Teaching Academy itself or its subgroups.
  9. Invite guests as appropriate for expertise.

Contact Us

Committee Type: Standing
Committee Category: Academic and Research
Selection Process: Appointed and Elected
Time Commitment: 40-60 hours per year


June 1, 2022 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

May 18, 2022 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

May 4, 2022 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

April 20, 2022 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


Academic Year: 2021-2022

Seat: Voting Member
Term: -
CAS - Humanities
Romance Languages

Seat: Voting Member
Term: -
CAS - Natural Sciences
Psychology Department

Seat: Co-Chair , Voting Member
Term: -
CAS At-Large
English Department

Quick Facts on Committee Service

Annual Committee appointment process for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently in process.

Please check back for updated membership.

Core Education Council

Leadership Structure

  • Chair: Elected from the committee membership and designated as a member of the Academic Council
  • Convener: Office of the Provost Ex Officio member
  • Staff: Staff support provided by the division of UESS as designated by the VPUESS

Election Schedule for the Chair: At the first meeting in Fall term each year

Membership Requirements

General Membership

  • 1 elected faculty from CAS Humanities
  • 1 elected faculty from CAS Natural Sciences
  • 1 elected faculty from CAS Social Sciences
  • 3 elected faculty from the professional schools (no two from the same college or school)
  • 4 appointed faculty from CAS At-Large. Appointed by the Committee on Committees. At-Large members shall be appointed each year who have interest in areas on the agenda from that year.
  • 2 Undergraduate Students chosen in consultation with the ASUO
  • 1 Graduate Student with teaching experience chosen in consultation with the GTFF and GSA

Per US18/19-18, beginning Fall term 2019, 1 faculty senator will be appointed to serve as a link between the Core Education Council and the University Senate.

A quorum must be present for voting. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the voting faculty members on the council.

Ex-Officio, voting members

  • Chair or designee from UO Committee on Courses (UOCC)
  • Chair or designee from Undergraduate Council

Ex-Officio, non-voting members

  • Provost or designee
  • Registrar or designee
  • Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Success, or designee
  • Assistant Director for Research and Assessment, or designee
  • Director of Academic Advising, or designee
  • Teaching Engagement Program director, or designee

Terms and Workload

Length of Term

  • Non-Students (faculty, OA's, OR's, Classified): 3 years, staggered
  • Students: 1 year
  • Ex Officio: indefinite
  • Appointed Faculty Senator: 2 years

Term Limits

  • For the Chair: none
  • For committee members: none
  • Ex Officio: none

Workload Designation

  • For committee members: 40 - 60 hours/year (Tier 1)