|The current Core Curriculum policies and procedures will remain in effect until Fall 2014.|
In its January 2009 report to the Coordinating Board Designing Texas Undergraduate Education in the 21st Century, the Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee (UEAC) suggested that the statewide general education core curriculum be reconsidered. Commissioner Paredes subsequently asked the UEAC to undertake the first revision of the legislatively-mandated 42 semester-credit-hour core curriculum since its approval in July 1998. Dr. Paredes charged the advisory committee to revise the Texas Core Curriculum "to ensure that it reflects current and future demands on student knowledge and skills."
Following a comprehensive review of trends and promising practices in undergraduate core curriculum initiatives nationwide, including curriculum requirements in other states and core curricula at more than one hundred different public and private colleges and universities, the UEAC developed recommendations for a revised Texas Core Curriculum centered on increasing student learning and improving student success. The recommendations were presented to the Commissioner and Coordinating Board staff as a second report - Revising the State Core Curriculum: A focus on 21st century competencies.
Coordinating Board staff considered the recommendations of the advisory committee carefully, and in August 2011, proposed revisions to the existing Board rules that reflect many of the UEAC's recommendations. Further revisions to the proposal were made based on the public comments that were received in August and September 2011. The Coordinating Board approved the rules with one additional amendment during the regular quarterly meeting of the Board on October 27, 2011.