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core curriculum

What are we trying to teach in the Core? Are we succeeding? How do we know?

As part of Boston College’s external accreditation review by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), all departments and programs involved in the Core will contribute to a report on the state of the Core by submitting a final E-1-A form by 31 May 2016 to the Office of the Associate Dean of the Core ( The form asks each department and program to articulate their Core learning outcomes, to present measurable data, and to describe plans for on-going evaluation.

Furthermore, in dialogue with the Associate Dean of the Core, during the fall of 2015 and winter of 2016 each department/program or cluster of departments/programs involved in the Core will revisit the 1991 Core distribution requirements in light of the 2014 vision statement and contemporary disciplinary self-understandings. The goal will be to draft language adequate both to the Jesuit mission of Boston College and to our contemporary world, just as the 1991 Core revision process had done twenty-five years ago. Revised distribution requirement statements will be completed by 1 February 2016. They will serve in part as criteria for the self-assessment of each department’s and program’s contribution to the Core.

Contact the Associate Dean of the Core with questions and comments at: