The Shared Curriculum Assessment Committee (SCAC) is a joint committee comprised of faculty members and administrators and includes members from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), the Sawyer Business School (SBS), and the University central administration. The role of SCAC is to continually assess and improve the shared core curriculum and to monitor its coherence with, and adherence to, New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) standards.

Committee Members

  • Linda Bruenjes, Associate Director Center for Teaching and Scholarly Excellence
  • Lisa Celovsky, Associate Dean CAS
  • Greg Fried, Chair and Professor of Philosophy
  • Patricia Hogan, Director and Associate Professor of the Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability
  • Catherine McCabe, Associate Dean SBS
  • Patricia Reeve, Chair and Associate Professor of History
  • Tracey Riley, Chair and Associate Professor of Accounting
  • Robert Rosenthal, Chair and Associate Professor of Advertising and Public Relations
  • Sebastián Royo, Vice Provost for Student Success, Chair of SCAC
  • Nicole Tennessen, Student Success Analyst for Student Success
  • Thomas Trott, Associate Professor of Biology

Rubrics

SCAC has developed 4 rubrics for the purposes of assessing the shared core curriculum: Critical Thinking Rubric, Information Literacy Rubric, Oral Communication Rubric, and Writing Rubric.

Faculty are welcome to adapt the rubrics for use within their classrooms.

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking Rubric - contains criteria for measuring students’ ability to demonstrate information literacy, use analytical reasoning in problem-solving and decision-making situations, understand and employ theories, processes, and systems, and think and reflect critically. The rubric below was developed and piloted during the summer of 2016.

Critical Thinking Rubric [PDF]

Information Literacy

Information Literacy Rubric - contains criteria for measuring students’ ability to know when there is a need for information; to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, use and communicate the information effectively and responsibly. The rubric below is the first draft developed by SCAC and will be piloted during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Information Literacy Rubric [PDF]

Oral Communication

Oral Communication Rubric - contains criteria for measuring students’ ability to communicate orally. The rubric below is the first draft developed by SCAC and is currently being piloted during the spring 2017 term.

Oral Communication Rubric [PDF]

Writing

Writing Rubric - contains criteria for measuring students’ writing ability. The rubric below was developed and piloted during the summer of 2016.

Writing Rubric [PDF]