Magis Core Curriculum Assessment

Magis Core Curriculum Assessment

The Magis Core Curriculum is the general education program for all undergraduate degree programs offered by the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies, and the Heider College of Business at Creighton University. Each component of the Magis Core Curriculum is designed to help students fulfill one or more learning objectives, each of which is defined to promote student learning with respect to one of the six University-level Learning Outcomes. Components and Designated Courses of the Magis Core Curriculum include the following:

Foundations components

  • Contemporary Composition
  • Critical Issues in Human Inquiry
  • Oral Communication
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Philosophical Ideas
  • The Christian Tradition

Explorations components

  • Ethics
  • Fine Arts (College of Arts & Sciences only)
  • Foreign Language (College of Arts & Sciences only)
  • Global Perspectives in History
  • Literature
  • The Biblical Tradition
  • Understanding Natural Science
  • Understanding Social Science

Integrations components

  • Doing Natural Science (College of Arts & Sciences only)
  • Doing Social Science (College of Arts & Sciences only)
  • Intersections
  • Ultimate Questions (College of Arts & Sciences only)

Designated courses

  • Designated Ethics
  • Designated Oral Communication
  • Designated Statistical Reasoning
  • Designated Technology
  • Designated Written Communication

For each course that satisfies a component of the Magis Core Curriculum, appropriate measures of student learning are identified and used to provide evidence of student learning with respect to each learning objective of that component. An undergraduate student who completes the entire Magis Core Curriculum successfully should fulfill University-level Learning Outcomes 2 through 6. Undergraduate students fulfill University-level Learning Outcome 1, Disciplinary Competence, through their major programs of study.

The University Core Curriculum Committee is responsible for overseeing the assessment of student learning in the Magis Core Curriculum. Each academic year, the committee collects a random sample of student work from selected components of the Magis Core Curriculum and recruits members of the university faculty to apply the assessment rubrics in the Magis Core Curriculum Plan to the student work to determine to what degree students have fulfilled the relevant Magis Core Curriculum learning objectives. The University Core Curriculum Committee then shares the assessment data with members of the university faculty and asks for their input about what should be changed in the instruction of the courses or in the assessment processes in order to enhance student learning in the selected components of the curriculum. Finally, the committee incorporates the feedback from the university faculty into the annual Magis Core Curriculum Assessment Report, which it submits to the Provost for review and approval. Annual reports on the assessment of student learning are available to university faculty, staff, and students.

Magis Core Curriculum Assessment Reports

Magis Core Curriculum Assessment Report, 2014-2015