*For students entering Bradley University on or after Fall 2016. Students entering Bradley University before Fall 2016 should refer to the General Education requirements articulated in their Undergraduate Catalog year.

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Policies and Governance

General Policies

The General Policies of the Bradley Core Curriculum adapt existing policies and codify existing practices. (See the current General Education Policies.)

  • To be approved for an Area of Inquiry, a Bradley University course shall typically be three credit hours. A course may be approved for more than one Area of Inquiry, but it can be used by the student to satisfy only one Area of Inquiry.
  • A course approved to satisfy an Area of Inquiry and/or carry Core Practices tags may also be used to satisfy college and/or major/minor requirements.
  • With some exceptions, a course approved to satisfy an Area of Inquiry may also carry Core Practices tags. Courses approved for an Area of Inquiry may not also carry the tag of a cognate Core Practice, e.g., courses satisfying the Communication writing requirement cannot also carry the writing intensive tag, courses satisfying the Multidisciplinary Integration requirement cannot also carry the Integrative Learning tag.  Transfer credit for composition courses not used to fulfill the Communications Area of Inquiry requirements may be eligible for Writing Intensive credit.
  • Approved Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations may be used to meet Area of Inquiry requirements.
  • Students who matriculate into Bradley prior to Fall 2016 will be offered the choice of completing the General Education requirements as listed in the Undergraduate Catalog of their year of entry or the Bradley Core Curriculum as listed in the 2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog, pending approval by their program administration.
  • Readmitted students will not receive transfer general education credit for the 300-level writing requirement unless the course was taken at the 300-level. Readmitted students who attended Bradley University prior to the fall of 2015 may be required to satisfy the current Bradley Core Curriculum requirements. The college dean of the student’s major makes the decision.
  • Additional major or college-specific guidelines or policies may apply. Consult college and program requirements in the undergraduate catalog for more information.
  • No more than two courses with the same subject prefix can be used to satisfy Area of Inquiry requirements in the Bradley Core Curriculum. This rule does not include the Communications Area of Inquiry.

 Transfer Student Specific Policies

  • Transfer students who have earned at least two semester hours of approved coursework in an Area of Inquiry are considered to have satisfied completion of one course in the Area of Inquiry. This policy is limited to students who transfer from an institution using the quartile system.
  • Transfer students may use courses taken at their previous institution to meet Bradley Core Curriculum requirements. Case-by-case transfer course articulations will be determined by the Chair of the Core Curriculum Committee.
  • Transfer students may use courses taken at their previous institution from the Fine Arts (FA) and Multidisciplinary Integration (MI) Areas of Inquiry to meet one or both of their two additional Bradley Core Curriculum elective courses. Students will be limited to no more than two courses in each Area of Inquiry.
  • Transfer students enrolled in a second baccalaureate program will be automatically granted credit for all Bradley Core Curriculum requirements upon verification that their first baccalaureate was completed at a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  • Transfer students who matriculate into Bradley prior to Fall 2018 will be offered the choice of completing the General Education requirements as listed in the 2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog in lieu of the Bradley Core Curriculum, pending approval by their program administration. Students must submit their request to meet the General Education requirements by May 8, 2018. This supersedes the following policy in the Undergraduate Catalog under All-University Degree Requirements:
    Students who maintain continuous enrollment and who complete work toward the baccalaureate degree within five years from the date of entry may graduate under either the catalog in effect at the time of entrance or under the catalog in effect at the time of graduation.”
    [Note: This policy will automatically expire June 1, 2018.]

Policies Related to the Illinois Articulation Initiative

  • Bradley University participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI). Transfer students from participating IAI institutions who have completed the IAI model general education curriculum prior to matriculating at Bradley will be granted credit for all Bradley Core Curriculum requirements.
  • Transfer students who complete all but one Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) requirement will be allowed to complete their GECC and Bradley Core Curriculum requirements with one additional course taken at Bradley or at their previous institution following matriculation to Bradley.
  • Bradley University courses that have been approved by IAI as GECC classes will be so designated in the undergraduate catalog.

Governance

2015–16 Bradley Core Curriculum Committee

Terms Expiring in April 2016: Patricia Chrosniak, EHS ETE (nominated by Int. Provost Sattler); Jason Garrett, BUS (nominated by Dean Radson); Kara Wolfe, FCS ETE (nominated by Int. Provost Sattler)

Terms Expiring in April 2017: David Zietlow, EGT ME (nominated by Dean Akers); Tim Koeltzow, LAS PSY (nominated by Provost Glassman); Dean Campbell, LAS CHM (nominated by Int. Dean Robertson)

Terms Expiring in April 2018: Melvy Portocarrero, LAS WLC (nominated by Dean Jones); Todd Kelly, CFA MUS (nominated by Dean Huberman); Dan Smith, CFA COM (nominated by Provost Glassman)

Student Member: Emilee Myers (nominated by Student Senate) 

Ex Officio Members: Jenny Gruening Burge, Director of Institutional Improvement; Kelly McConnaughay, Chairperson

Core Curriculum Committee Charge (from the Faculty Handbook)

  1. To evaluate course proposals according to the current Bradley Core Curriculum guidelines and forward recommendations to the Committee on Curriculum and Regulations;
  2. To establish policies for transfer credit of Bradley Core Curriculum requirements;
  3. To engage in ongoing assessment of the Bradley Core Curriculum in collaboration with Area of Inquiry faculty, appropriate departments or divisions and the Universitywide Assessment Team; and
  4. To foster an environment that promotes general education as the unifying foundation of Bradley’s diverse intellectual community.

2015–16 Core Practices Subcommittee

Terms Expiring in April 2016: Seth Katz, LAS ENG (nominated by Dean Jones); Meg Frazier, LIB (nominated by Int. Provost Sattler); Jon Neidy, SA (nominated by VP Nathan Thomas); Jessica Chandler, SA (nominated by VP Nathan Thomas) 

Terms Expiring in April 2017: Marty Morris, EGT ME (nominated by Dean Akers); Jana Hunzicker, EHS ETE (nominated by Int. Dean Cluskey); Fran Armmer, EHS NUR (nominated by Int. Provost Sattler); David Trillizio, SA (nominated by VP Nathan Thomas) 

Terms Expiring in April 2018: Joshua Lewer, BUS ECO (nominated by Dean Radson); Scott Cavanah, CFA (nominated by Dean Huberman); Aurea Toxqui LAS HIS (nominated by Int. Provost Sattler); Dawn Koeltzow, SA (nominated by VP Nathan Thomas)

Student Member: TBD (nominated by Student Senate) 

Ex Officio Members: Jenny Gruening Burge, Director of Institutional Improvement; Andy Kindler, Registrar; Barbara Galik, Executive Director, Library; Kelly McConnaughay, Chairperson

Core Practices Subcommittee Charge (from the Faculty Handbook)

  1. To evaluate course and other proposals according to the current Core Practice guidelines and forward recommendations to the Core Curriculum Committee;
  2. To establish policies for transfer credit of Core Practice requirements;
  3. To facilitate ongoing assessment of the Core Practices in collaboration with the appropriate departments or divisions and the Core Curriculum Committee; and
  4. To foster an environment that promotes the use of Core Practices and other forms of student engagement to enrich and support Bradley’s diverse intellectual community.