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Curriculum and Assessment

Pamela CheekCurriculum and Assessment refers to the processes used by the university to assure that students from diverse communities and in a broad range of programs thrive in their learning.  Curriculum encompasses the sets of courses that students may choose from as they make their way through the stages of general education, undergraduate majors and possible graduate programs or professional schools.  Assessment involves the study of how and whether students have full opportunities to learn in the curriculum and are supported by the co-curriculum (the range of services and non-academic programs at the university). The Interim Associate Provost for Curriculum and Assessment, Dr. Pamela Cheek, oversees the Offices of Advising Strategies and of Assessment and supports preparation for the Higher Learning Commission reaccreditation visit in Spring 2019. An Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Dr. Cheek works to hear and incorporate into her own thinking the perspectives of students, colleagues, researchers and community members from diverse backgrounds. She became an educator out of a conviction that educational opportunity lies at the foundation of equity and social justice.


General Education and the Core Curriculum

In 2018-19, general education, or the Core Curriculum, is a major focus for re-design and improvement at UNM. Transformation of general education follows the guidelines provided in the 2017 Faculty Senate General Education Task Force Report on Findings, endorsed by the Faculty Senate, the Deans’ Council, and the Office of the Provost.

As part of the general education initiative, Academic Affairs, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Graduate Studies are accepting proposals for Enhancement of Teaching Assistant Effectiveness in General Education Courses

UNM's New General Education Program

Faculty and teaching assistants are invited to attend presentations and orientations to support enhancement of general education (core curriculum classes).

Throughout March and April of 2019, faculty will share strategies for teaching general education courses and Academic Affairs will provide initial orientations about general education teaching, opportunities, and the transition to adapt to state mandated changes. 

Gen. Ed. Teaching Strategies: In the first hour of each session, Academic Affairs General Education Faculty Fellows will present ideas for incorporating high impact practices in their classrooms: community engaged learning, innovation, undergraduate research (orientation limited to handouts), race and social justice, and global awareness.

Gen. Ed. Orientation: In the last half hour of each session, Academic Affairs will provide initial information on:

1) how to join a community of practice;

2) applications for 2019-20 Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellowships focused on large enrollment classes;

3) applications for $200,000 of total funding to support gened teaching assistant development

4) what to expect in 2019-20 with assessment

5) what to expect with state recertification of general education

6) the 2019-20 Lobo Experience: Species in Peril on the Rio Grande

Each group of AA General Education Fellows will present twice (Thursday 12:30 p.m. and Friday 3:00 p.m.), followed by a gen ed orientation. We welcome you to come to as many different sessions as possible.

Thursday 3/7 12:30-2:00 (Roberts Room): Community Engaged Learning

Friday 3/8 - 3:00-4:30 (Roberts Room): Community Engaged Learning


Thursday 3/21 12:30-2:00 (Roberts Room): Innovation

Friday 3/22 - 3:00-4:30 (Roberts Room): Innovation

Thursday 4/4 12:30-2:00 (Roberts Room): Undergraduate Research (90 min.)

Friday 4/5 - 3:00-4:30 (Roberts Room): Undergraduate Research (90 min.)


Thursday 4/18 12:30-2:00 (Scholes 101): Race & Social Justice

Friday 4/19 - 3:00-4:30 (Roberts Room): Race and Social Justice


Friday 5/3 - 3:00-4:30 (Roberts Room): Global Awareness

Thursday 5/9 - 12:30-2:00 (Roberts Room): Global Awareness


The AA General Education Teaching Fellows program is a project sponsored by Academic Affairs, the Division of Equity and Inclusion, the Honors College, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Community Engaged Teaching and Research, STEM Collaborative Center, Global Education Office, as well as Lumina Foundation. For more information about general education, please contact Pamela Cheek On CTL fellowships, see