Installation Plan


Implementation Leadership


The Steering Committee shall provide expert input, establish goals and success metrics, align the implementation to university and general education goals and values, and serve as a champion for the new curriculum both internally and externally.​


  • Alix Gitelman, Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, Chair
  • Nicole Dolan, Executive Director, Budget Development and Strategic Planning​
  • Jon Boeckenstedt, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management ​
  • Eleanor Feingold, Dean, College of Science
  • Rebecca Mathern, AVP  & University Registrar ​
  • Brian Primack, Dean, College of Public Health and Human Sciences​
  • Larry Rodgers, Dean, College of Liberal Arts​
  • Yvette Spitz, Faculty Senate President

Retired committee members: 

  • Vrushali Bokil, Interim Dean, College of Science​
  • Katheryn MacTavish, Immediate Past Faculty Senate President ​


The Core Team shall provide expertise and leadership in their areas of responsibility, advocacy for the new curriculum, effective and transparent communication to stakeholders, and decision-making that will ensure the successful delivery of project implementation components.​


  • McKenzie Huber, Director of Core Education, Chair
  • *Patrick Ball, Cascades Core Education Coordinator, Biology​ Instructor
  • Kristin Benson - Deputy Registrar/Associate Registrar – Compliance​
  • Erin Bird, Associate Director of Transfer Pathways and Success
  • Mary Chuinard, Director of Undergraduate Student Services, CEOAS​
  • Kara Clevinger, Assistant Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Kelsey Emard, Core Education Committee Co-Chair, CEOAS
  • *Dan Faltesek, Core Education Committee Co-Chair, College of Liberal Arts​
  • *Regan Gurung, Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director, Center for Teaching and Learning​
  • Mike Jefferis, Associate Registrar of Catalog, Curriculum, and Schedule
  • Kerry Kincanon, Head Advisor, University Exploratory Studies​
  • *Rene Reitsma, Core Education Committee Co-Chair, College of Business​
  • *Andrew Valls, Faculty Senate President-Elect, College of Liberal Arts
  • *Steve Wuhs, AVP Academic Affairs, College of Liberal Arts​

*Teaching Faculty

Retired Committee Members: 

  • Yvette Spitz, Faculty Senate President-Elect
Implementation structure



Installation Plan

Installation Workflow Details

The Statement of Intent is submitted by each college's Associate Dean, referred to as a Core Education College Designee.

Yes, Faculty redesigning courses for Difference, Power, and Oppression (Foundations and Advanced) will engage in the DPO Academy prior to submitting a course in CIM. 


Either the faculty who attended the CADI/DOC/ROC or a college's centrally designated curricular manager will submit the course to CIM. The CADI prepares the course for submission to CIM. Some additional coordination between sections of a course offered at various locations/modalities may need to occur to ensure course consistency prior to submission in CIM



CFAH CoreEd-Art&Humanities General
CFCM CoreEd-Comm, Media & Society
CFDP CoreEd-Diff, Power&Oppression
CFGH CoreEd-Art&Humanities Global
CFQL CoreEd-Quantitative Literacy
CFSI CoreEd-Scientific Inq&Analysis
CFSS CoreEd-Social Science
CFWF CoreEd-Writing Foundations
CSC1 CoreEd-Beyond, Career Prep
CSC2 CoreEd-Beyond, Career Engage
CSDP CoreEd-Adv Diff, Power&Oppress
CSSS CoreEd-Seeking Solutions
CSTR CoreEd-Transitions
CSWC CoreEd-Writing Intensive, WIC
CSWE CoreEd-Writing Elevation

During the CIM submission process, faculty can elect to retain the current Bacc Core category attribute for their course in addition to adding the Core Education category attribute. The Bacc Core Committee will assess if the course is eligible to remain in both sets of curricula. 

If the course has both sets of designators, it will be taught to the Core Education category outcomes and design.

The Core Education category attribute will be added when the course is approved in CIM. This means we will start to see courses carry the Core Education category designator prior to summer 2025.

About the Statement of Intent

The Statement of Intent is for College Designee use only. Please do not submit a statement if you are not one of the designees or appointed by your college's designee as a secondary proposer. 

Core Education Installation Planning FAQs

 There is an installation plan to manage multiple administrative proprieties, facilitate faculty development, and encourage thoughtful reflection. This model is intended to reduce uncertainty and allow reasonable unit and faculty access to the Core Education program from across campus while also promoting equity among colleges and units within colleges. 


Phase I of installation will take place from July 2023-June 2024. In Phase I, two (2) courses per designator/course code (i.e. WR, MTH, BI) per category can be submitted through the statement of intent. Additionally, we will also allow courses that are part of a series (i.e. BI 10x, 20x, 22x) to be submitted. Finally, any Z course from the Common Course Numbering project will be accepted.

Here are a few examples of how this may play out (go to the next FAQ to learn what will happen in Phase II): 

  • Natural Sciences: 
    • Biology (BI) - 2 BI courses that are not in a series + series courses + Z courses 
  • Writing Elevation: 
    • Writing (WR) - 2 WR courses + WR 327Z
  • Arts and Humanities General: 
    • History (HST) - 2 HST courses + Z courses
  • Communication, Media, and Society: 
    • Communication - COMM 218 and 211 + COMM 111Z and COMM 114Z

(Read FAQ 3 first)

Phase II of installation will take place from July 2024 - January 31, 2025. In Phase II, three (3) more courses per designator/course code (i.e. WR, MTH, BI) per category can be submitted through the statement of intent. Additionally, we will continue to allow courses that are part of a series (i.e. BI 10x, 20x, 22x) to be submitted. Finally, any Z course from the Common Course Numbering project will be accepted.

Here are a few examples of how this may play out: 

  • Natural Sciences: 
    • Biology (BI) - 3 BI courses that are not in a series 
  • Writing Elevation: 
    • Writing (WR) - 3 WR courses 
  • Arts and Humanities General: 
    • History (HST) - 3 HST courses 
  • Communication, Media, and Society: 
    • Communication - 3 COMM courses

Grand total at the end of Phase I and II installation:

  • Natural Sciences: 
    • Biology (BI) - 5 BI courses that are not in a series + series courses + Z courses 
  • Writing Elevation: 
    • Writing (WR) - 5 WR courses + WR 327Z
  • Arts and Humanities General: 
    • History (HST) - 5 HST courses + Z courses
  • Communication, Media, and Society: 
    • Communication - 5 COMM  courses + COMM 111Z and COMM 114Z

The Bacc Core Committee recommends that collaboration between college leadership and unit faculty carefully and collectively decide which proposals will move forward. While the Bacc Core Committee and the Director of Core Education have developed a new robust data tool to aid in data-driven decision-making, we understand that faculty are responsible for the curriculum, and decisions ultimately need to be made within the colleges. This may require a culture change in some schools or colleges about how decisions are made, and we understand this may take time, which is partially why rolling Statement of Intent dates were created to give colleges and their faculty time to deliberate (wondering what rolling dates and deadlines means!? See the next QA!).

If an exception or consultation is required, please work with the co-chairs of the Bacc Core Committee.

College Designee: Each College has a College Designee who will be responsible for collecting the lists of courses their college's departments and schools intend to offer in the new Core Education Curriculum. 

Rolling Submission Dates: We understand that not every unit within a college will know immediately which courses they want to migrate into or create for the new curriculum, while others may be ready to race out of the gates with this information the day the Statement of Intent letter goes live. Regardless of your college or unit's level of preparedness, the Bacc Core Committee and the Course Adaptation and Design Institute (CADI) have to work within their resources. With these factors in mind, College Designees will be permitted to submit a Statement of Intent on a rolling basis throughout both phases of the installation. 

**If you are a Corvallis based College Designee, please make sure your units have appropriately communicated and made plans to collaborate with Cascades faculty. Pat Ball is the Cascades College Designee and will serve as the point of contact for the Cascades Campus. 

Phase I Statement of Intent Submission Dates and Deadlines: 

  • July 1, 2023 (for September – 12, 21, and 27 CADIs (CADI dates, more to be added)
  • October 31, 2023 (for Winter 2024 CADI)
  • January 31, 2024 (for Spring 2024 CADI)
  • April 30, 2024 (for Summer 2024 CADI)

Phase II Statement of Intent Submission Dates and Deadlines:

  • July 1, 2024 (for September 2024 CADI)
  • October 1, 2024 (for Winter  2025 CADI for future catalog year additions to the curriculum)
  • January 1, 2025 (for Spring 2025 CADI for future catalog year additions to the curriculum)
  • April 1, 2025 (for Summer 2025 CADI for future catalog year additions to the curriculum)

Sure – you can do that, but the Bacc Core Committee will not review the course unless it has gone through the formal installation process (1. Statement of Intent through CIM form; 2. Faculty participation in a CADI; 3. CIM course submission). The committee ultimately discourages faculty from doing this out of respect for faculty time and the formal process everyone follows. 

Phase I – 23-24 academic year: The Bacc Core Committee will evaluate course proposals in order of the following institutional priorities:

  • A. Courses with mandatory state changes (CCN or so called ‘Z courses’)
  • B. Courses with a history, or a reasonable assumption of heavy rotation (offered every quarter, such as GenEd Psych), especially those serving the Cascades Campus and distance students.
  • C. Courses that involve collaboration between colleges.
  • D. First submissions by units (as noted by their designator)
  • E. Courses which do not require Ecampus redevelopment 
  • F.  All other courses as per phase I of the installation plan:
    • Z and Series courses plus up to two (2) additional courses per designator during the 23-24 academic year.
  • G. DPO2 courses with an established MOU will always be considered.

(Keep in mind that these are assignment priorities. The actual speed with which the GenEd committee completes its reviews may vary. If a review requires multiple rounds of revision, it is not unusual for the committee to defer discussion of those revisions in favor of first-hearings for others. If revisions are needed, it is good practice to take a breath and consult with Academic Affairs or the co-chairs before resubmitting.)

Phase II – 24-25 academic year: The priorities listed in Phase I apply to Phase II; however, units can add up to three (3) additional courses per designator in the 24-25 academic year, plus Z and Series courses. 


**It is understood that designators do not always map cleanly onto academic units (there are designators without units, units with multiple designators, non-operative designators, etc.). While there is some risk of inequity, we believe that this is a reasonable method.**

The earliest the Bacc Core Committee can begin reviewing courses submitted to the CIM system for the new Core Education Curriculum is Fall 2023; after the Statement of Intent has been submitted, the faculty have gone through the CADI, and submitted the course in CIM. 

Revised plan from the Baccalaureate Core Committee, effective June 5, 2023. 

  • If a course is currently (AY 2023) cross-listed, moving that course to the new Core Education program will count against only one of its designators/course codes. Newly cross-listed courses will count against all designators/course codes included in the cross-listing.

At least one year after full installation and once assessment workflows are set to resume, the Bacc Core Committee will consider removing the limit, if appropriate. The earliest appropriate time for this would be Fall 2026.


Faculty Development Requirements:

  • Due to the positive impact of professional development on the quality of teaching and student satisfaction, all Core Education instructors should enroll in professional development, to be renewed on a periodic basis. 
  • Some areas may require additional and ongoing professional development as described in the category criteria and/or other Core Education policies. 
  • Core Education professional development will be provided on an institutional (OSU-wide) basis and will be provisioned to meet campus demand.

Professional development takes on two forms, which are designed to accommodate differences in the complexity and novelty of courses, types, outcomes, expertise, and experience. 

  1. To develop an on-campus Core Education course, the developer(s) will complete the Course Adaptation Design Institute (CADI) experience, for which compensation may be available. E-campus development support will continue to be provided by Ecampus. 
  2. To teach an approved Core Education course, an instructor will complete OSU's Core Education Pedagogical Support and Development program.

In the event that professional development is inadequately provisioned, with the awareness of Academic Affairs, temporary waivers may be granted. 

  • Emergency circumstances which require a temporary waiver may exist but are exceedingly rare (such as the sudden unavailability of an instructor, failure to hire faculty, or loss of situational awareness by a unit are not included in these). 
  • In these circumstances, the Director of Core Education (the responsible party for the waiver) and the Coordinator of Faculty Development will actively work with faculty across units to find a solution, which may include a temporary waiver, an MOU for support from a different unit, or some other solution.

The Bacc Core Committee, Steering Committee, Core Team Committee, and Director of Core Education are mindful of the Cascades campus and your unique needs and issues. We are committed to working with the leadership and faculty at Cascades to adapt the installation plan as needed. The Statement of Intent includes a set of questions asking Corvallis units if their intended course(s) are offered at Cascades and if they have connected with Cascade's Designee, Pat Ball, to ensure collaboration is occurring. 

Please reach out to Pat Ball from Cascades or McKenzie Huber, Director of Core Education, if you have questions or concerns.

Colleges will submit their SoI as outlined in the process above. Once the SoI is processed, a report will be sent to Susan Rodgers, Associate Dean of the Honors College, and Susan will work with departments to update MOUs. 

Category and Course FAQs

Courses in Core Education must be regularly numbered. Blanket-numbered courses, such as 401-409, cannot be submitted to a category in Core Education. 

410 Internship courses are the exception and may be proposed through the Statement of Intent to meet Beyond OSU requirements. The 410 courses will be developed through the Course Adaptation and Design Institute by individual departments/units to meet the learning outcomes and criteria of the category. The 410 course must then be submitted to CIM and approved to add the category attribute. Please note the category attribute is assigned at the course level, including all course sections. Therefore, all 410 course sections (i.e., AG 410) must be designed and assessed for the Core Education category learning outcome. Please contact McKenzie Huber if you have additional questions.