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Revised Core Curriculum 2021

Revised Core Curriculum 2021

Office of the Provost > Core Curriculum

In Fall 2019, Nevada State began its formal efforts to revise our Core Curriculum. This curriculum is the foundation of learning at Nevada State – it represents the skills, knowledge, and abilities that all students will gain, no matter what major they choose. As such, the effort has involved multiple stakeholders and lengthy debates as we determine how to best serve our student body. Important dates include:

  • 2019-2020: The Core Curriculum Review Committee meets to draft a series of recommendations, including the implementation of 12 new Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs).
  • Summer 2021: Faculty participate in two separate working groups. The first working group drafts rubrics to measure the twelve outcomes. The second working group outlines proposals to embed the outcomes into 15 classes that are currently part of the Core Curriculum.
  • September 2021: Faculty Senate supports three measures: 1. Replace our existing Core Curriculum Outcomes (Communication, Critical Thinking, Citizenship) with 12 new Essential Learning Outcomes. 2. Each Core class will have two ELOs. One ELO will be from the Critical Thinking or Communication Category. The Second ELO will be from the Community Engagement Category. 3. We will add ELOs to existing Core classes using a new form.
  • September 2021: Provost Shields approves the three proposals supported by Faculty Senate
  • October 2021: The Ad Hoc Faculty Senate Core Curriculum Committee begins reviewing proposals for 15 classes that have the new ELOs.
  • Spring 2022: Faculty continue developing ELOs for additional Core classes, bringing the total number of updated Core classes to 30.
  • Summer 2022: We have six “summits” planned to add ELOs to courses that may be exceptionally challenging due to the nature of the course or the number of instructors who teach it.

Critical Thinking


Community Engagement

  • Information Literacy
  • Inquiry and Analysis
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Co-Creative Problem Solving (Teamwork)
  • Creative Expression and Aesthetics
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Civic Knowledge and Engagement
  • Critical Literacy
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Ethical Reasoning





Amy Lowe, Katie Durante, Pete La Chapelle, Sarah VanderMeer

Civic Knowledge and Engagement involves learning about and understanding your community and the democratic processes and taking actions that lead to improvement at the local, state, and/or national scale.

Bo Liang, Chris Harris, Josie Cruz, Kayla Bieser

The ability to actively work with others to develop creative solutions and move us toward a better world.

Adam Davis, Heather Lang Casera, Jo Meuris, Roxanne Farrar

The development of skills for creating works in a particular medium, and strategies for improving technique and producing original and expressive art (Creative Works), or the study of art through the history and context of various movements, styles, or periods; examination of the form and qualities of a particular type of art; and/or strategies for analyzing and critiquing art (Aesthetics).

Becky Cash, Young Choi, Chris Harris, Griselda Wille

Critical Literacy is the ability to identify, interpret, reimagine, and  remake how socially constructed concepts like power and bias operate through historical and contemporary texts, images, and practices.

Molly Appel, Amber Morczek, Jessica Price, Vanessa Mari

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is defined as an understanding of power and privilege within cultural and social identities, systems, and institutions, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, social class, sexuality, ability, religion, education, and national origin.

David Bradnick, Michael Gordon, Sherri Coffman

Ethical Reasoning is thinking critically about the nuances of right and wrong human conduct.

Alena Principato, Clark Pearson, Kelly Svoboda, Lauren Johnson, Nathan Silva

Information literacy is the ability to identify, locate, skeptically evaluate, and effectively and ethically use information to inform a decision or solve a problem.

Aaron Wong, David Bradnick, Bo Liang, Nathan Silva

Inquiry and analysis is a systematic process of refining our understanding of issues, objects, and works through a cycle of questions and evaluation.

Joe Dertien, Laura Rosales, Sarah VanderMeer

Lifelong Learning is understanding the process of learning (learning how to learn) and recognizing your own level of knowledge and motivation to learn.

Michael Gordon, Michelle Region Sebest, Nicholas Carroll, Seseer Mou Danha

Oral Communication is the ability to communicate purposely in a variety of social contexts and situations.

Aaron Wong, El Hachemi Bouali, Jennifer Edmonds, Katie Durante

Quantitative reasoning is more than arithmetic and algebraic computations. It is the ability to create meaning from numeric data by making appropriate logical inferences, and also communicating those ideas to others.

Kelly Svoboda, Laura Decker, Rachel Herzl-Betz, Sherri Coffman

Written Communication is the ability to develop and express ideas through writing, including communicating to a diverse set of audiences through a variety of genres and mediums using text, graphics, and data.

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