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Student and Advisor Guidelines


Implementation of Foundational and Embedded Outcomes (Core) Curricula for the Fall 2013 and thereafter

In the Fall of 2013, all undergraduate programs of study will implement new curricula. They will embody the new foundational outcome-based core and will identify courses and activities to meet embedded outcomes for each student. In addition, many are moving to a graduation requirement of 120 credits. This document provides guidance to beginning students, continuing students, students changing majors, and transfer students regarding the Fall 2013 or after curricula.

1. New Beginners

All new beginning students will follow the curricula in place at the time of matriculation to college.

2. Continuing Students

Continuing, degree-seeking students will by default remain on the same curriculum they are currently following. However, if they choose to change to the Fall 2013 or after curriculum, they may do so and will be required to meet all graduation requirements of the curriculum including the foundational and embedded outcomes as well as credits required for graduation. Advisor contact is critical for these decisions.

3. Purdue Students Changing their Major or Transfer Students

When changing majors, students will follow the curriculum in place for the date of their matriculation to the University.  Alternatively, they may choose to follow the curriculum in effect for new beginning students at the time of the change. 

When transferring to Purdue University, students will follow the curriculum in effect for new beginning students at the time of the transfer.  They cannot be placed on a retroactive plan of study.

Programs should determine a timeline for phasing out expiring courses to ensure that continuing students who are changing majors and following a 2011 or 2012 catalog will have access to those courses or their approved equivalents.

4. Embedded Outcomes

Embedded outcomes will be managed at the program level and will not be tracked at the individual student level.  Unlike the foundational outcomes, which are satisfied by coursework and are portable across campus, the embedded outcomes are addressed throughout—or threaded through—a program's curriculum.  A program's curriculum taken as a whole contributes to achieving the embedded outcomes.  Embedded outcomes also will be phased in over several years.  The faculty of the department offering the degree will ensure that all students meet the embedded outcomes. 

5. Course Applicability, Transfer Courses and Course Exemptions  

     Retroactive and Transfer Course List available here.

A. Course Applicability: Courses approved by the Undergraduate Curriculum Council (UCC) as foundational courses fall into two effective date categories.

1. Most courses initially approved for the foundational outcomes were unchanged from recent history. These courses taken within the last ten years (per university regulations -- at Purdue, including regional campuses, or at another institution when transferred back to Purdue as an equivalent course) will be considered as meeting the foundational outcomes. For example, a student taking ENGL 10600 (or its transferred equivalent) within the last 10 years will meet foundational outcomes for written communication and information literacy.

2. A few courses which are either new courses or courses which underwent significant change to meet UCC foundational outcomes will have an effective term associated with them (see the Retroactive and Transfer Course List).  For example, MA 13800 changed substantially to meet the Quantitative Reasoning (minimum college algebra) foundational outcome effective Fall 2013 and thus, will not count towards the core except Fall 2013 or after. 

B. Transfer Students:

If a student transfers to the University, only direct match courses taken within the last ten years will be used to meet the Foundational Outcome requirements.

Transfer courses that either are not considered equivalent to any Purdue courses (undistributed credit) or are not equivalent to courses on the Foundational Outcomes course list may be reviewed for meeting foundational outcomes.  Students should work with the academic advisors to submit the required material to the cognate department which will decide if the transfer course satisfies the foundational outcome and forward its decision to the UCC.  If the course is subsequently approved by the UCC, the findings will be reported to both credit evaluation and the registrar, so that the course can become part of the core curriculum and consistently be used by other students.

Transfer Credit Review form is available here.     

Transfer Credit Review Cognate Department Contacts list is available here.

C. Course Exemptions

Effective Only from Fall 2013 to Fall 2014

Presently, some programs allow course exemptions based on high school student GPA and/or class rank and/or SAT & ACT scores. But those students have not demonstrated by equivalent course work or exams that they have mastered the associated learning outcomes. UCC council members agreed that while program/departmental credit might be given for these courses, credit will not automatically be applied towards meeting core outcomes. However, due to the lateness of the UCC decision related to exemptions and departmental credit and the fact that advisors may have already communicated a different message to incoming students and their families for Fall 2013, an exception is being made regarding exemptions and departmental credit FOR ONE YEAR. To accommodate Fall 2013 beginners, exemptions or departmental credit will be allowed. Beginning Fall 2014, exemptions and departmental credit will not satisfy these foundational learning outcomes.

Effective from Fall 2013 and Beyond

  • Credit by exam will count towards meeting the affiliated foundational outcome as will AP and CLEP equivalent course credit.

Effective from Fall 2014 and Beyond

  • Departmental credit and exemptions will no longer be allowed for meeting foundational learning outcomes.

6. Communication with University Community

All information about Purdue’s Undergraduate Outcomes-based Core Curriculum will now be available on the provost website (under initiatives) at http://www.purdue.edu/provost/initiatives/curriculum/Welcome.html.  All academic advisors, students, faculty and families will have easy and immediate access to consistent and up-to-date information.  The UCC will also communicate directly to advisors through listservs.