Student and Advisor Guidelines

Guidelines for the 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. Faculty in each program will determine how their students will meet embedded outcomes.  

5. Course Applicability, Transfer Courses and Course Exemptions  

Note that the UCC currently recognizes transfer credit (TR) and credit by examination (CR) as meeting foundational outcomes.  The UCC does not recognize departmental credit (DC) or exemptions (EX) as meeting foundational outcomes.

     Master Course List (replaces 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 Master 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. 

3. Students must pass the course in which the foundational outcome is addressed based on Purdue’s approved grading scale (including a grade of P). Passing the course indicates that the student has satisfactorily met the foundational outcome. 

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 are not considered equivalent to any Purdue courses (undistributed credit) may be reviewed for meeting foundational outcomes. The UCC Transfer Credit Review Form is for the submission of transfer course credit for consideration by the UCC as meeting one of the following Foundational Outcomes:

  • Written Communication (WC)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Science (SCI)
  • Math/Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Humanities (HUM)
  • Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)

For a description of these Foundational Outcomes, click here. Please note that only Academic Advisors may use this form to submit courses.

Email and paper submissions will not be accepted.  Please use the qualtrics form below.

Courses eligible for submission include:

  • Undistributed transfer credit from an institution other than a Purdue affiliated campus. The course must appear in the Transfer Credit Database.
  • Numbered courses taught only at a regional campus or IUPUI (may include IU course numbers). These must be listed in the Course Catalog.

PWL courses are not eligible for submission using this form. PWL courses must be nominated for consideration as a Foundational Outcome by a PWL faculty member via a separate process.

Similarly, AP and CLEP test results are not eligible for submission. If AP or CLEP test results come in as a PWL course that has been approved as meeting a particular foundational outcome, students will get credit for meeting that outcome. Otherwise, AP or CLEP results do not fulfill foundational outcomes.

Be sure to check the current approved list to avoid duplicate submissions.

Before completing this form, please have the following information available:

  • Name and PUID of the affected student OR purpose of request (i.e., transfer pathway, articulation agreement, etc.)
  • Name of institution at which the course was taken EXACTLY as it appears in Transfer Credit Database.
  • Course number and title at institution at which the course was taken EXACTLY as it appears in Transfer Credit Database.
  • PWL course number and title EXACTLY as it appears in Transfer Credit Database.
  • Foundational Outcome(s) to be satisfied (up to 2 per course).
  • PDF with a course description and a course syllabus.

Students should work with the academic advisors who submit the required material to the Undergraduate Curriculum Council which then decides if the transfer course satisfies the foundational outcome.  If the course is subsequently approved by the UCC, the decision 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.

Please note that transfer credit (appears as TR on the transcript) may meet the foundational outcomes but might not meet program requirements. 

Academic Advisors may submit requests for review of transfer courses via this link.    


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—appears as CR on the transcript—will count towards meeting the affiliated foundational outcome as will AP and CLEP equivalent course credit.  Students need a score of 75 or higher on a proctored ALEKS exam to receive credit for MA 15300.

Effective from Fall 2014 and Beyond

  • Departmental credit and exemptions—appear as DC and EX on the transcript—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 Student Initiatives.  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.

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