The Faculty Senate of Seton Hall University
Faculty Senate Votes for Core Curriculum Principles
At the February 4, 2005 meeting, the
members of the Faculty Senate voted 33 to 1 to approve a revised version of the
Core Curriculum principles proposed by the Senate's Core Curriculum Committee.
The vote followed several weeks of intense, campus-wide discussion, both formal
and informal, and the final version of the principles were the result of several
hours of careful consideration of the suggestions made at the various town
meetings, by the APCCC, in the Core Curriculum Discussion Board, and in
individual emails. The result is a document that, according to Faculty Senate
President Roseanne Mirabella, this vote will allow us to move forward with
implementation of a signature core experience for all of our students that
speaks to the mission of the university while also respecting the diverse nature
of our community and our commitment to academic excellence.
At its next meeting, the Core Curriculum Committee will be developing a list of
activities for which interested faculty can volunteer, including syllabus
development for the Odyssey courses, work groups to develop the proficiencies and literacies, and summer
faculty development workshops. Look for an announcement from the
Senate for opportunities to become involved in this exciting, faculty-driven,
undergraduate students take three common courses considering these questions
(such as the three-course sequence entitled “Odyssey of the Mind, Heart, and
Spirit” in the October 2004 draft report), two first-year writing courses, and
the University Life course.
the faculties of the individual Schools and Colleges specify the means by which
students’ competencies, capabilities, and literacies are to be developed, and
that these faculties also specify the means of assessing student performance,
understanding that Schools and Colleges may recommend differing approaches and
means for development and assessment appropriate to different majors.
the effectiveness of the University Core Curriculum be regularly evaluated by
the Faculty Senate, through its standing committees, and/or other bodies as it
deems appropriate, and that the University Core Curriculum be amended by the
Senate as indicated.
graduation requirements for undergraduate degree programs be set, as a norm, at
120 academic credits, subject to requirements for accreditation or
certification, or demonstrated needs of individual disciplines.
* That undergraduate tuition be charged per semester, and not per academic credit, for full-time undergraduate students taking between 12 and 18 credits.
Meeting Minutes February 2005
Senate Membership 2004-2005
Senate Committees 2004-2005